U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, is scheduled as the guest speaker for the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month ceremony at 10 a.m., May 29 at Bob Jones Auditorium, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
This year’s theme is Building Leadership; Embracing Cultural values and inclusion. The annual celebration focuses on the contributions of millions of AAPIs to the American story and reminds us of the unique and emerging challenges facing AAPIs as they continue to embrace the American dream.
The “Asian/Pacific American” designation encompasses more than 50 ethnic or language groups including native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
According to the latest census, there are now more Asian and Pacific Islander groups than in the past - with 28 Asian and 19 Pacific Island subgroups representing a vast array of languages and cultures.
These groups include Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Asian Indian Americans, Laotian Americans, Cambodian Americans, Hmong Americans, Thai Americans, Pakistani, Samoan, Guamanian and many other language groups.