Reps. Brixie, Coleman, Haadsma, Kuppa, Elder, Kennedy, Brenda Carter, Wittenberg, Hoadley, Witwer, Garza, LaGrand, Shannon, Garrett, Guerra, Camilleri, Stone, Koleszar, Pohutsky, Cherry, Gay-Dagnogo, Hertel, Warren, Chirkun, Clemente, Crawford, Hood, Hope, Cynthia Johnson, Jones, Liberati, Pagan, Sneller, Sowerby and Webber offered the following resolution:

            House Resolution No. 85.

            A resolution to declare May 2019 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan.

            Whereas, The state of Michigan is fortunate to be home to more than 300,000 residents of Asian and Pacific Island descent; and

            Whereas, Asian Pacific Americans comprise one of the fastest growing populations in both the state and the nation. In fact, the largest growing population in Michigan, according to the 2010 U.S. Census; and

            Whereas, The Asian and Pacific Island regions are tremendously diverse, with more than thirty countries, sixteen major ethnic groups, nine languages, and numerous belief systems bringing their culture to Michigan; and

            Whereas, Citizens of Asian and Pacific Island descent, in each generation, from the laborers who connected our coasts one-and-a-half centuries ago, to the patriots who fought overseas while their families were interned at home, these patriotic Americans have enhanced our culture, quality of life, and economic vitality through leadership, commitments to knowledge and advancement, and dedication to their communities; and

            Whereas, The state of Michigan and the United States of America have been enriched by the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in all facets of life, including the arts, sciences, business, education, and philanthropy. Michigan has recognized the contribution Asian Pacific Americans and other immigrants make to our economy with the establishment of the Michigan Office for New Americans; and

            Whereas, The culture and contributions of our Asian and Pacific Island residents will continue to grow in significance as more Asian Pacific Americans choose to make Michigan their home and as our economy becomes increasingly intertwined with the economies throughout Asia; and

            Whereas, Asian Pacific Americans, through advocating issues of justice and equality, continue to break down the barriers of discrimination, indifference, and intolerance, thereby opening doors for all Asian Pacific Americans; and

            Whereas, Asian Pacific American residents are proudly served in Michigan by many dedicated organizations, including the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Asian American Citizens for Justice, Asian Center Southeast Michigan and the West Michigan Asian Pacific American Association, APIA Vote - Michigan and the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and

            Whereas, The state of Michigan takes pride in its cultural diversity and welcomes the opportunity to honor our Asian Pacific American residents for their lasting, expanding, imprint upon our state; now, therefore, be it

            Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 2019 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan. We encourage all citizens to celebrate the individual and collective contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to this state and to this country