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Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Wraps Up Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Partners with Over 25 Maryland Organizations

Community Recognized by Maryland Governor and First Lady

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) supported Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by expanding and building new partnerships with over 25 organizations which serve Asian Pacific Americans in Maryland. Earlier this month, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and First Lady Yumi Hogan began the month with an annual celebration event.

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives highlights Asian Pacific American Marylanders who are making history under the Hogan administration. First Lady Yumi Hogan is the first Korean American First Lady in U.S. history and one of the most recognized immigrants of Korean history.

“As Maryland’s first Asian American First Lady, and the first Korean American First Lady in the United States, I am pleased to celebrate the culture and heritage of our state’s diverse Asian and Pacific American communities,” said the First Lady. “We remain committed to addressing the communities’ unique needs and tackling the challenges they face.”

Asian Americans are seeing growth in their representation in politics and government under the leadership of Governor Hogan with appointments to significant positions in his cabinet. The governor has also coordinated with the bipartisan Asian Pacific American Caucus and acknowledged the many contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to Maryland.

“Asian Pacific Americans living in Maryland continue to serve in important roles across Maryland and state agencies, lending expertise and experience,” said Steven J. McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “Working together, the community has helped us to address important issues, improve communities, and change Maryland for the better.”

Maryland is home for over 400,000 Asian Pacific Americans, one of the fastest growing populations in the state, representing over 40 different countries, cultures, and ethnicities from across the world.

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives is partnering with the following organizations:

  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Maryland Department of Health and Community Development
  • Asian American Center of Frederick
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Chinese Culture and Community Service Center
  • Chinese American Parents Association of Montgomery County
  • Rockville Asian Pacific American Task Force
  • Calvin J. Li Foundation
  • Wootton High School Parent Teacher Student Association
  • Asian Parent Student Network
  • Chinese American Parents Association of Howard County
  • League of Korean Americans of Howard County
  • Indian Origin Network of Howard County
  • Howard County Chinese School
  • Peiying Chinese School
  • Chinese Language School of Columbia
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Montgomery County Council
  • Cecil County
  • Baltimore Sister City Committee
  • National Asian/Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Social Changes
  • Amer-Indo Organization, Inc.
  • Asian Indians for Community Service
  • Youth Council of Frederick
  • American Diversity Group
  • Montgomery Community Media
  • Montgomery County – Korean American Association

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