Governor speaks at celebration
Gov. Tom Corbett recently gave special remarks at the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration in Harrisburg. Corbett, a supporter of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian-American Affairs, recognized Commissioners Grace Shu, Drake Nakaishi, Kanak Iyer, Narasimha Shenoy, Christina Haahs, and Timothy Haahs in the Atrium of the Keystone Building. The celebration also included live performances from the Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute and the Asian Indian-Americans of Central Pennsylvania. Local Asian restaurants provided the catered lunch buffet.
Corbett’s speech praised Asian-Americans for sharing their wealth of languages, cultures, religions, and experiences with all of Pennsylvania, according to a news release. He also stated that traditional Asian-American values of hard work, loving family, and caring for the community are values which all Pennsylvanians, including himself and the members of the state legislature, will strive to uphold.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 300,000 Asian-Americans. In 1992 President George H.W. Bush established every May as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month. Shu, of Williamsport, and other Asian-American leaders joined Bush at the White House signing ceremony. In Pennsylvania, this year’s Asian-American Heritage Month theme is “Diverse Leadership + Expanding Opportunity: An Imperative for America.”