This month we commemorate the many contributions of those of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to American history, society, and culture. The legislation that Congress passed to designate May as AAPI Heritage Month refers to two historical events that occurred in May: (1) the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843, and (2) the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, with significant contributions from Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869. The railroad was instrumental in the development of the Western United States.
AAPI includes everyone with heritage and ancestry from East, Southeast, South, Central, and West Asia and Pacific Islanders from countries like Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and more.
This year the Federal Asian Pacific American Counsel selected the theme: Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity. In addition, ongoing programs undertaken by Gordon & Rees' Diversity Committee Affinity Groups, including the firm's Asian American Affinity Group and South Asian Affinity Group, are specifically tailored to ensure that our attorneys receive opportunities for development, mentorship, and dialogue to further promote connection and engagement.
To learn more about Gordon & Rees' diversity efforts, please click here.