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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May celebrates the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to our Nation. From being groundbreaking scientists and researchers, world renowned athletes, champions for communities, and defending our country from harm, members of the AAPI community have laid the foundation of American’s history and are instrumental to its future success. Join the City in saying, there’s no place for hate and celebrating the contributions of our AAPI neighbors, friends and family this month.


Chein Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu

(May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997)

"The First Lady of Physics" was a pioneer of nuclear and particle physics. Born in China, Wu came to the U.S. in 1936 to attend college. Wu’s work in nuclear and experimental physics revolutionized the field and broke ground for women in science. The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in her honor on February 11, 2021. She has also been recognized for her achievements and her encouragement of women in the sciences.

Learn more about Chien-Shiung Wu

Photo source: Smithsonian Institution


442nd Regimental Combat Team

442nd Regimental Combat Team

Organized on February 1, 1943

A U.S. Army infantry regiment during World War II, the unit was composed almost entirely of Americans of Japanese Ancestry. Organized on February 1, 1943, more than 12,000 Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) volunteered to serve, some of them answering the call from internment camps where they had been relocated to. The 442nd’s motto of “Go For Broke” resulted in their being the most decorated unit of its size in US military history to this day. The unit earned more than 18,000 awards in less than two years fighting across the European theatre. Those awards include more than 4,000 Purple Hearts, 4,000 Bronze Stars and twenty-one Medals of Honor.

Learn more about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Photo source: The442.org


David Ho

David Ho

(November 3, 1952 – Current)

David Ho, M.D. immigrated to the United States in 1965 from Taiwan. A graduate of the California Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, Ho was one of the first scientists to isolate and identify the AIDS virus in 1982. Since then, he has dedicated his life to finding a cure. In 1996, Time Magazine named him as the “Man of the Year” saying “Ho is not, to be sure a household name. But some people make headlines, while others make history.” Ho was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001, one the highest honors a civilian can earn in the United States.

Learn more about David Ho

Photo source: microbiology.columbia.edu/faculty-david-ho


Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku

(August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968)

Known as “the father of surfing”, Kahanamoku was born and raised in Honolulu around the ocean. His love of the water propelled him to be a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, winning gold and silver medals in the 100 meter swim, as well as relay events. He is an inductee of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, Swimming Hall of Fame, and the Surfing Hall of Fame. In addition to being a world-renowned athlete, Kahanamoku was featured in over 30 Hollywood films and was elected as the Sheriff of Honolulu 13 times. In 1960, he was appointed as Hawaii’s Official Ambassador of Aloha spreading the message of goodwill, kindness and aloha to the world.

Learn more about David Kahanamoku

Photo source: dukekahanamoku.com


Dalip Singh Saund

Dalip Singh Saund

(September 20, 1899 – April 22, 1973)

Sworn into Congress on January 3, 1957 from California’s 29th District, Saund was the first Asian, Indian American, and first Sikh to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Born and raised in Punjab, India, Saund moved to the U.S. to attend U.C. Berkeley in 1920 earning a Ph.D. in mathematics. A champion of labor rights, Saund served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before a stroke left him unable to continue.

Learn more about Dalip Singh Sound

Photo source: heritageseries.us/dalip-singh-saund

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