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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Here’s an official statement from Pres. Barack Obama.-JCD

“The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, tens of thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and orchard laborers, were subject to unjust working conditions, prejudice, and discrimination——yet they excelled. Even in the darkness of the Exclusion Act and Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered, providing for their families and creating opportunities for their children.

Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways to all aspects of society…

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009, as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.”

Read the full press release here.

Yes, our President Elect has a sense of humor when it comes to race!

I had to start laughing out loud when I heard Obama’s first press conference post-election and his response to a reporter’s question about some of the details of the soon-to-be “First Family” — where were his daughters going to go to school, what kind of dog were they going to get, etc.

a puppy of unidentified heritage

a puppy of unidentified heritage

Because Malia, 10, has allergies, the family wants a low-allergy dog. But Obama said they also want to adopt a puppy from an animal shelter.

”Obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me,” he said with a smile. ”So whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”

Some times when I hear people throwing around the terms “mutts” and “mongrels” for people of mixed race, I have to cringe. But in the context of a presidential press conference, and Obama’s offhandedness, his use of “mutt” was truly hilarious! Plus the fact that he was talking about a shelter dog and not some overpriced “purebred” dog from a puppy mill. 🙂

girl and pony

girl and pony

P.S. If allergies are a concern, how about a “First Pony” for Malia and Sasha? Every little girl wants a pony! 😉 -JCD