By Jolyn Garcia Posted April 30, 2013
In a recent press release, the Navy announced some of the things that they will be participating in during the month of May. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander month, and during this time the Navy celebrates the continuous contributions of patriots. In a statement released on April 29, The Navy announced that “this year’s national theme is ‘Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion.'”
Inclusion is a recognition of the diversity of ideas, experiences, areas of expertise, and backgrounds that have contributed to the Navy. These contributions have helped the Navy fulfill its missions both past and present. Serviceman 2nd Class Junwen Liang immigrated to the United States from China at the age of 20. He came to America speaking no English and enlisted in the Navy after receiving further education in New York. “This is a unique opportunity to use both my native and adopted languages in service of my country,” said Liang.
Implemented by Congress in 1978 and established by Presidential Proclamation in 1979, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week first began the week of May 4, 1979.