Mayor Bowser and OAPIA Celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) observed and celebrated the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the District.

“As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize the contributions and diversity that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community offers to our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “There are more than 27,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander residents who have woven their traditions and heritages into the ethnic fabric of our world-class city and helped shape the District through their civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.”

“The national theme for the month is ‘Many Cultures, One Voice: Promoting Equity and Inclusion.’ It describes that we all come from vastly different backgrounds and upbringings. We come in many shapes, sizes, and dimensions but we should all come together to promote and support each other and that is my intension as I lead this office into the future,” said David Do, OAPIA Director.

OAPIA celebrated AAPI Heritage Month with a fresh start through: “Fit and Fresh” yoga and Taekwondo classes for the District community at the Deanwood Recreation Center on May 1, 2015; Putting the ‘A’ in Art,” a panel discussion with local AAPI performance artists on May 8, 2015 at the Goethe-Institut Washington; an AAPI LGBTQ Film Screening and Panel Discussion on May 21, 2015 at the Goethe-Institut Washington; and Mayor Bowser’s AAPI Heritage Month Evening Celebration at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre on May 26, 2015. For more information about AAPI Heritage Month, please visit www.apia.dc.gov.

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