May 2019 Newsletter
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Special Edition
May 7, 2019

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) , a time to celebrate contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflect on what it means to be a part of the AAPI community. In honor of APAHM, the National Association of Asian American Professionals is hosting a variety of events to honor AAPI heritage and continue to promote AAPI excellence and leadership.

 President's Message

Spring Greetings! NAAAP Detroit Members and Friends!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is celebrated annually in the United States during the month of May. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution proclaiming the first 10 days in May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. In 1990, President George W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long recognition. In 1992, the month of May was officially designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by law. May was chosen because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in 1843. May also marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 which was work performed by many Chinese immigrants.

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) celebrates APAHM in many states and in many ways. Locally in Michigan, NAAAP Detroit will join other Asian community organizations to attend the Asian Pacific American Day at the State Capitol on May 9, 2019 to meet our State Legislators and Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to celebrate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 

Please join us at Lansing, Michigan this Thursday!

Taoqu Chen
President, NAAAP Detroit
NAAAP & Government
Learn & Grow Session II Held on April 28

May 4, 2019 Learn & Grow Session II: A Participative Brainstorming Workshop on Trending Topics Produces Treasure-trove of Passionate Ideas! DETROIT, MI - On April 28, 2019, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Detroit...

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Asian Pacific American Day at the State Capital
Thursday, May 9, 9 AM

Make your presence known during APA Day at the Capitol and to do your part to raise APA awareness during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Charter buses are available to transport NAAAP Detroit members and friends to and from Lansing. Contact NAAAP Detroit by April 26 at for the arrangement.

Join Leadership Convention 2019 by NAAAP National

The theme for the 2019 Leadership Convention is The Unconventional Leader: Lead Boldly. The focus of Aug. 22 is Employee Resource Groups, Aug. 23 and 24 will be on Unconventional Leaders, unique leadership models and styles.

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Learn & Grow Session #3
Public Speaking - Fear No More!
Sunday, June 9, 1:30PM - 4:00PM

Learn & Grow Session #4
Opportunities in Public Service and Community Engagement
Saturday, August 3, 10AM - 1PM
Public Service & Community Engagement

2019 Signature Event
Saturday, October 12, 11AM - 3PM

2019 Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 7, 10Am - 1PM

SOE 2019 – Battle of the Stars-II
Saturday, May 11, 7:30 PM

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage and Tribute to Mother's Day, CAPA presents the Splendor of the East 2019.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration 2019

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Saturday, May 18, 1:30 PM
Sunday, May 19, 1:30 PM

The program includes culture presentation where each community gets to present its own distinct culture, and a multicultural show. The event is a collaboration between professional teams and cultural groups from various communities including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Philippine, Polynesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to showcase the beauty of Asian Heritage.

Join us for the celebration of APAHM in the heart of the Metro Detroit.

Free general museum admission for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents.

Visit: APAHM on DIA