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WHEREAS, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed during the month of May to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, where Chinese immigrants played a main role in the building of this American historic infrastructure project; and

WHEREAS, Nevada is proud to be home to one of the fastest growing Asian American populations in the United States and their contributions to the state's rich history, economy, and culture; and

WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are deeply rooted in Nevada and they play a vital role in our society; they are small business owners, teachers, healthcare professionals, our neighbors, our family members and our friends; and

WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are playing a critical role in the response to the pandemic; in Nevada, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) healthcare workers make up 19% share of all healthcare workers, the third highest share of healthcare workforce in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are experiencing fear and anxiety due anti-Asian racism and xenophobia and we encourage all Nevadans to take this opportunity to denounce anti-Asian hate and join us in commemorating the essential contributions and accomplishments that Asian American and Pacific Islanders have made to Nevada; and

WHEREAS, diversity represents one of our greatest strengths, and by recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islander population to Nevada we celebrate the importance of inclusion to building a more welcoming state for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim May 2021, as

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 4th day of May 2021

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