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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  ACR 125
          Author:   Chau (D), et al.
          Amended:  5/9/16 in Assembly
          Vote:     21  

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  Read and adopted, 5/9/16

           SUBJECT:   Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:          This resolution recognizes May 2016 as Asian and  
          Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.
          ANALYSIS:   This resolution makes the following legislative  
          findings:


          1)One of the earliest records of Asian and Pacific Islander  
            Americans in the United States dates back to 1763 in New  
            Orleans, Louisiana, where Filipino sailors who worked the  
            Manila-Acapulco trade route settled.


          2)Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have made indelible  
            contributions to the history of California and the United  
            States that include, but are not limited to, building the  
            Transcontinental Railroad, serving honorably in the Armed  
            Forces, fighting for the United States in foreign wars,  
            coorganizing the Delano Grape Strike, and advocating for civil  
            rights.


          3)Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have endured hardships,  








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            including unjust working conditions, prejudice, and  
            discrimination in some of the darkest times in our state's and  
            nation's history, including the Chinese Exclusion Act,  
            naturalized citizenship ineligibility, the Alien Land Law,  
            antimiscegenation laws, and Japanese internment.


          4)Asian and Pacific Islander Americans continue to cultivate,  
            advance, and lead in the fields of art, fashion, business,  
            technology, education, science, government, law, humanities,  
            medicine, sports, and entertainment.


          5)California is home to over 5.8 million Asian and Pacific  
            Islander Americans, more than any other state, and Asian and  
            Pacific Islander Americans are one of the fastest growing  
            ethnic populations in the state and nation.


          6)California's Asian and Pacific Islander American entrepreneurs  
            are innovative and lead many successful businesses to the  
            pinnacle of their respective industries nationally and  
            globally, and own 15 percent of businesses in California.


          This resolution commends Asian and Pacific Islander Americans  
          for their notable accomplishments and contributions to  
          California, and recognizes May 2016 as Asian and Pacific  
          Islander American Heritage Month.


          Prior Legislation


          ACR 61 (Chu, Res. Chapter 52, Statutes of 2015) recognized May  
          2015 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.


          SCR 52 (Huff, Res. Chapter 60, Statutes of 2015) recognized May  
          2015 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.










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          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified5/16/16)


          California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified5/16/16)


          None received





          Prepared by:  Karen Chow / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          5/18/16 16:21:38


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