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Asian American Heritage Month celebration at the State Capitol

By Geeta Mehrotra
July 2019
Asian American Heritage Month celebration at the State Capitol

(Left) Chandra Yadav and Ritesh Desai listen to Governor Brian Kemp speak for Asian American Heritage Month. (Photo: Geeta Mehrotra)

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp met Asian Americans on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to celebrate May as Asian American Heritage Month. The grand staircase in the north wing of the State Capitol Building was vibrant with smiling faces of people of South Asian and Asian descent who gathered in their traditional clothes and jewelry to share their heritage and culture. Fatherlands were well represented: Consul General of Japan, Takashi Shinozuka; Johns Creek City Council member Jay Lin; Varinee Sangmalee from Bankok, President of TAWC USA (Thai Association World Center), ACE, & TACC, and Communication Director at Asian Pacific American Council of GA (APAC); and people from Korea, India, and other countries participated in this event.

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In the north wing of the Georgia State Capitol Building. (Suresh K Volam & Srilasya Volam, Sri Photos)

The Governor took time for photographs with different groups. He briefly expressed his appreciation of the participation, contributions, and friendship of the Asian communities.

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Governor Kemp with South Asian Americans and other Asian Americans, with the event’s organizer Ritesh “Rick” Desai (third from right). (Photo: Courtesy of State of GA)

The event was well organized under the leadership of Ritesh “Rick” Desai, Ex-President of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC), who now serves on Governor Kemp’s Georgians First Commission, an 18-member panel that looks for way to streamline government regulations to foster and nurture small business growth across the state.

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(Suresh K Volam & Srilasya Volam, Sri Photos)

The Georgia State government issues proclamations designating certain months, certain weeks, and certain days to celebrate and/or raise awareness about various topics. Besides Asian-American Heritage Month, other recent examples are Paralegal Week (June 9 to 15, 2019), Cyberbullying Prevention and Awareness Week (June 10 to 14, 2019), and Car Wash Day (July 14, 2019).

 

 

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Photo Galleries:
By state of Georgia:
https://photos.gov.georgia.gov/Governor-Brian-P-Kemp/Photos-with-Governor-Kemp/May-2019/052219/

By Sri Photos (Suresh Volam):
https://www.facebook.com/pg/sriphotographs/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2076951469069980&ref=page_internal

Links:
Name change:

May used to be called Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APA). South Asians are not Asian-Pacific-Americans, but are Asian-Americans.  The name was clarified in 2009 when President Barack Obama declared May to be Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI).
https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/advanced-search?field-keywords=Asian American Heritage month&items_per_page=25&page=1

Georgia proclamations 2019:
https://gov.georgia.gov/proclamations/2019

Georgia’s Governor Kemp proclaimed May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APA) on March 28, 2019, and also proclaimed May as Asian-American Heritage Month (AA) on May 21, 2019.

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