May is the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian Pacific
American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide
with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the
arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7,
1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the
transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress
expanded the observance to a month long celebration.

Census recently released the facts and features of Asian Americans for the Asian Heritage month. According to the 2010 Census, the estimated U.S. residents of Asian descent is 17.3 million and Asian alone is 14.7 million. California state has the largest Asian population by 5.6 million and the next is New York by 1.6 million. Hawaii had the highest proportion of Asians (57%). Asian is the fastest growing race group(46%) in the U.S. Chinese-Americans (3.8 million) were the largest Asian group, followed by Filipinos
(3.4 million), Asian Indians (3.2 million), Vietnamese (1.7 million),
Koreans (1.7 million) and Japanese (1.3 million). Median age of single-race Asian population in 2010 is 35 years old.

As socioeconomic features, median household income for single-race Asians in 2010 was $67,022, 12% of Asian live in poverty level, and 18% of Asian live without health insurance. About education, half of single-race Asians had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education, compared with 28% for all Americans. 20% of single-race Asians had a graduate or professional degree, twice than all Americans. Asian registered voters are rate is 3.9 million (55.3%), and 47.6% of the Asian voters voted in 2008 election.1.5 million business in the U.S. are owned by Asian Americans. 1 million of Korean Americans speak Korean at home.

In commemoration and celebration of Asian
American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,
New Jersey Governor
Chris Christie issued the following statement and sent out to the Asian American leaders including the KACE throughout
New Jersey. This week, the KACE was invited to New Jersey Governor’s residence with other 20 of Asian American leaders, mostly Koreans and had a meeting with Governor Chris Christie.


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