Rochester New York Heralds the Joint Origins of National Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Hon. Ruby Moy, First Asian American Pacific Islander professional working in the White House, as former Chief of Staff to Congressman Frank Horton from Rochester NY, Hon. Norman Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus CAPAC and Mary Ho, China Millennium Council President at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. recount their historical efforts to proudly establish legislation and Presidential proclamation designating the month of May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

May 26, 2015 Washington DC – Thirty eight years ago, Representatives Frank Horton from Rochester NY (R-NY) and Norman Mineta (D-CA) introduced House Resolution 540 (Pacific/Asian Heritage Week) in Congress to proclaim the first ten days of May as Pacific/Asian Heritage Week now known as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May was denoted to commemorate the first Japanese immigrant to the U.S., and also to mark the anniversary of the completion of the trans-continental railroad, the majority of the tracks laid by Chinese workers. Subsequently President Jimmy Carter signed the Joint Resolution on October 5, 1978. In 1992, President Bush signed legislation into law designating the month of May as we know now as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Law HR-5572 originally introduced by Horton and Mineta, was unanimously approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate during the 102nd Congress.

During the first ever White House Summit on AAPIs, U.S. Surgeon Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy M.D. was installed as the new co-chair of WHIAAPI. President Obama proclaims, “The rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders spans the world and the depths of America’s history. Generation after generation, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders have forged a proud legacy that reflects the spirit of our Nation. During AAPI Heritage Month, we honor the perseverance of those who courageously reached for their hopes and dreams in a new land, and we celebrate the important impact the AAPI community has made to our Nation’s progress…As we commemorate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we pay tribute to all those in the AAPI community who have striven for a brighter future for the next generation. Together, let us recommit to embracing the diversity that enriches our Nation and to ensuring all our people have an equal chance to succeed in the country we love.”

Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Journalist José Antonio Vargas states, “Our Equalities are Tied to Each Other” #EmergingUS #DefineAmerican

China Millennium Council President Mary Ho, Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Journalist José Antonio Vargas and ROC the film Entrepreneur Tom Crane at the University of Rochester Diversity Conference Discuss Social Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for a Modern America #EmergingUS #DefineAmerican

2013 PGA 95th Championship Tournament Hosted at Historic Oak Hill Country Club

U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, PGA Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Christine Garrity, Esq., and Mary Ho, China Millennium Council President Celebrate the 95th PGA Championship Tournament on August 5-11, 2013 hosted by the Historically Renowned Oak Hill Country Club in Upstate Rochester New York

Rochester New York became the global venue to host the 95th PGA Championship Tournament at the majestic Oak Hill Country Club located in the bucolic town of Pittsford. Spectators and challengers came as far as from Asia and Australia across Europe, South Africa and the U.S., drawing enthusiastic crowds of over 200,000. The world’s top two golf champions Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were no match for newcomer Jason Dufner winning his first 2013 PGA championship tournament. As Dufner extolled and beamed with pride, holding up the Wanamaker Trophy engraved with his name, ” Nobody can take that away from me… It’s a great accomplishment for me and I’m really excited about it”.

Jason Dufner 2013 PGA Championship Winner photo courtesy of Edward M. Pio Roda/Turner Sports www.pga.com

Asian American Pacific Islanders National Leadership Efforts Honored by The White House

Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman (D-CA) and Mary Ho, President of China Millennium Council gather to Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month of May in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 1,000 Asian American Pacific Islanders AAPI national, state and local community leaders gathered to celebrate the AAPI Month of May in Washington, D.C. and was honored for their efforts and contribution to American society by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced Vice President Biden as he opened his remarks by paying tribute to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Vice President Biden addressed the AAPI leaders and community by stressing the critical significance of embodying Senator Inouye’s fervent legacy and values of modern equality, justice and opportunities for all Americans. Moreover, Biden emphasized the importance of how modern immigration reform to the AAPI community can only strengthen the future and foundation of the American economy.

 

Diane Yu, Esq., Deputy President of NYU Leads Efforts for Innovative International Higher Educational Programs

Mary Ho, President of China Frontier and Diane Yu, Esq., Deputy President of New York University Meet to Discuss Developing Global Competencies in an Ever-Changing Global Society.

Upstate New York Rochester natives, Mary Ho, China Frontier President and Diane Yu, Esq., Deputy President of New York University recently met to discuss the emerging role of how developing global competencies are critical to the success of higher educational learning in a global economy. Diane Yu’s father, world renowned cardiologist Paul N. Yu, M.D., pioneered the modern medical discipline of cardiology and served as president of the American Heart Association and was Chief of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

As Deputy President, Yu works to ensure the effectiveness of the entire University Leadership Team. She is the founder of NYU’s Women’s Leadership Forum and is the University’s Senior Executive for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Office of Compliance and Risk Management. Yu is the appointed Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, a special university student educational and enrichment program which operates in the United Arab Emirates, formed as a partnership between NYU and the government of Abu Dhabi. She also is Executive Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy, an intensive college preparatory program for Emirati high school students.

Along with NYU’s campuses in London, New York and Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai is newly established as a comprehensive research university with a liberal arts and science college in China’s financial capital. For NYU, the creation of NYU Shanghai is another major step in the evolution of NYU as the first global network university – standing with NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi as a degree-granting portal campus.  The global network provides a new architecture for the University, an organic integrated system permitting faculty and students to move easily from within the system to pursue their scholarly interests.

John Sexton, Esq., President of New York University states, “… In the 21st century, NYU is evolving from being, in the words of its founder, Albert Gallatin, ‘in and of the city’ to being ‘in and of the world.’ New York and Shanghai enjoy a natural affinity as world capitals; as vibrant, ambitious, and forward-looking centers of commerce and culture; as magnets for people of talent. As we did in Abu Dhabi, here in Shanghai we have found visionary partners, and our joint effort to create NYU Shanghai emerges out of a common belief in the indispensible value of higher education and in the special opportunities that can be created when the world’s greatest cities join forces.  This will be a great university and a great partnership.” NYU Shanghai’s first class of undergraduate students will enter in September 2013.

Jeffrey S. Lehman, president emeritus of Cornell University and dean of the University of Michigan Law School, has been named Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai. As Vice Chancellor, he is the Chief Executive of NYU Shanghai, in charge of all academic and administrative operations. NYU President John Sexton said, “It would be difficult to imagine  a better vice chancellor for NYU Shanghai than Jeff Lehman…” Since 2007, Vice Chancellor Lehman has been serving as the Chancellor and Founding Dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, the first school in China to teach an American law JD curriculum. Recently President Lehman received the “Friendship Award,” China’s highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social development.

 

Jim Morris, Managing Director of TRAFFIC TECH Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Visits NYC

Jim Morris, Managing Director of Traffic Tech headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Mary Ho, President of China Frontier and Haley Newman, Designer, Discuss Developing Global Competencies for the Dynamic International Consumer Business Markets

Jim Morris, Managing Director of Traffic Tech Australia, Mary Ho, President of China Frontier, and Haley Newman, Designer, discussed the emerging role of developing global competencies critical for leading sustainable business practices. Traffic Tech is a diverse globally based company situated in Sydney, Australia with business presence in Asia, New Zealand, Europe and U.S. regions.

Traffic Tech is renowned for the development, manufacturing and supply of civil and traffic engineering products including their Preformed Inductive Vehicle Detection Loops. Known as Surface Mounted vehicle detection pads and Sub-Surface vehicle detection loops for the control of traffic lights, boom-gates and other vehicle management and access control systems that require vehicle loops to be installed without compromise to the asphalt pavement or concrete slab structure. Products include EzyLoops – preformed vehicle detection loops, Solar powered flashing light systems – for School Zones and pedestrian crossings, and Tactile switch pads – for passive pedestrian detection.

US Congresswoman LOUISE SLAUGHTER Honors Gallant Efforts of the Vietnamese Asian Americans

U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter visited the Vietnamese Asian American Community Center located in Rochester, New York to honor and recognize the gallant efforts contributed by the diverse Asian American communities of the 21st century. Slaughter was in hand to commemorate the Vietnamese Americans’ tribute to honor the sacrifices and enormous contributions put forth by their parents and elders comprising the tapestry of America’s rich and modern human legacy.

As U.S. President Obama declared, “Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders AAPI have helped make America what it is today. Their histories recall bitter hardships and proud accomplishments — from the laborers who connected our coasts one-and-a-half centuries ago and offers us an opportunity to celebrate the vast contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our Nation, reflect on the challenges still faced by AAPI communities, and recommit to making the American dream a reality for all.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders comprise many ethnicities and languages, and their myriad achievements embody the American experience. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have started businesses, including some of our Nation’s most successful and dynamic enterprises. AAPI men and women are leaders in every aspect of American life — in government and industry, science and medicine, the arts and our Armed Forces, education and sports.

Over the centuries, we have maintained a long, rich history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, and our AAPI communities have been essential to strengthening the economic, political, and social bonds we share with our partners around the world.

As we celebrate centuries of trial and triumph, let us rededicate ourselves to making our Nation a place that welcomes the contributions of all people, all colors, and all creeds, and ensures the American dream is within reach for all who seek it.”

-U.S. President Obama, May 2012 Excerpts of President Obama’s Proclamation of Asian American Pacific Islanders

Greater Rochester Asian American Leadership Delegation David Tang Esq., Mary Ho, Founder and Holly Phan Sackett Stand Proud with U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter to Honor and Commemorate the Vietnamese Asian American Communities

DAVID KOON, New York State Assembly Candidate Fundraiser held by Business Philanthropist Wanda Polisseni

Wanda Polisseni, renowned philanthropist and business entrepreneur, hosted fundraiser for David Koon, running to recapture his position as candidate for the 2012 New York State Assembly District 135 including the areas of East Rochester, Fairport, Penfield and Webster in Upstate New York region. David Koon emphatically stated, I run “For the People, From the Heart”! The fundraiser event was held at Wanda Polisseni’s stunning and whimisical lakeside home on the waters of Canandaigua Lake, nestled in the bucolic Upstate New York Finger Lakes Region. Mary Ho remarked the critical outcome of this year’s 2012 elections will be impacted by the Asian American’s visibility and presence as the fastest growing political ethnic minority in the U.S.

Mary Ho, China Millennium Council President, David Koon, 2012 Democratic Candidate 135th District New York State Assembly, Wanda Polisseni, Philanthropist & Keuka College Trustee, Debra O'Reilly and Suzanne Koon

DOMINIC BARTER, Renowned Pioneer of Restorative Circles Visits M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Inspired by the social complexity and ever-changing dynamics of the diverse populations in Brazil, Dominic Barter founded The Restorative Circles. Originally the award-winning Restorative Justice pilot projects training program was devised for the Brazilian Justice Department, in collaboration with the UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, including the Special Secretariat for Human Rights and State Secretaries for Education in Brazil. Dominic Barter consults globally with governments and community groups providing practice programs cultivating heart-based learning, healing and pathways to address challenging social and legal issues and to ease communications. He directs the Restorative Justice project for the Centre for Nonviolent Communication, www.restorativecircles.org

Dominic Barter, Internationally Renowned Pioneer of Restorative Circles

Kit Miller, Director of M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Dominic Barter, Founder of Restorative Circles and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman PhD, Director of the Graduate Programs at the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity at the University of Rochester

Temple of Tranquility Vietnamese Asian American Cultural Community Center

Mary Ho and Thanh Huong, the Headmaster of Chùa Thanh Tinh -- Temple of Tranquility -- in Rochester, New York, a Buddhist temple stemming from Vietnamese heritage and cultural traditions. The Temple venue serves as a community center for the Vietnamese Asian Americans in Western New York region and welcomes all and everyone.