Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2024

Published date03 May 2024
Record Number2024-09808
Citation89 FR 36651
CourtExecutive Office Of The President
SectionPresidential Documents
Federal Register, Volume 89 Issue 87 (Friday, May 3, 2024)
[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 87 (Friday, May 3, 2024)]
                [Presidential Documents]
                [Pages 36651-36653]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2024-09808] Presidential Documents
                Federal Register / Vol. 89, No. 87 / Friday, May 3, 2024 /
                Presidential Documents
                Title 3--
                The President
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                 Proclamation 10735 of April 30, 2024
                Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific
                 Islander Heritage Month, 2024
                 By the President of the United States of America
                 A Proclamation
                 This month, we celebrate the Asian American, Native
                 Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI)
                 communities, whose ingenuity, grit, and perseverance
                 have pushed our great American experiment forward.
                 From Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders whose
                 ancestors have called their lands home for hundreds of
                 years to Asian immigrants who have newly arrived and
                 those whose families have been here for generations--AA
                 and NHPI heritage has long been a part of the history
                 of our great country and a defining force in the soul
                 of our Nation. As artists and journalists, doctors and
                 engineers, business and community leaders, and so much
                 more, AA and NHPI peoples have shaped the very fabric
                 of our Nation and opened up new possibilities for all
                 of us. I am proud that they serve at the highest levels
                 of my Administration, including Vice President Kamala
                 Harris, Ambassador Katherine Tai, Acting Secretary of
                 Labor Julie Su, and Director of the White House Office
                 of Science and Technology Policy Arati Prabhakar, who
                 make this country a better place each and every day.
                 This year, we are also celebrating the 25th anniversary
                 of the White House Initiative and President's Advisory
                 Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and
                 Pacific Islanders, who work across government to
                 advance equity, opportunity, and justice for AA and
                 NHPI communities.
                 I have always believed that diversity is our Nation's
                 greatest strength. That is why I launched the first-
                 ever National Strategy to Advance Equity, Justice, and
                 Opportunity for AA and NHPI Communities. This strategy
                 works to harness the full potential of these
                 communities--from combating anti-Asian hate to making
                 government services accessible in more languages. To
                 ensure the legacies of AA and NHPI peoples are properly
                 honored in the story of America, I signed historic
                 legislation that will bring us closer to a National
                 Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture. I
                 also issued a Presidential Memorandum to consider
                 expanding protections for the Pacific Remote Islands to
                 conserve this unique area's significant natural and
                 cultural resources and honor the traditional practices
                 and ancestral pathways of Pacific Island voyagers, and
                 I signed the Amache National Historic Site Act to
                 establish a memorial honoring the 10,000 Japanese
                 Americans who were unjustly incarcerated there during
                 World War II. Throughout my time in office, the First
                 Lady and I have hosted celebrations at the White House
                 that highlight the incredible diversity of AA and NHPI
                 communities, like Diwali and the first-ever White House
                 Lunar New Year celebration. This year, to ensure that
                 the full diversity of AA and NHPI communities is seen
                 and valued as new policy is being made, we updated the
                 Federal Government's standards for collecting data on
                 race and ethnicity for the first time in over 25 years.
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                 Meanwhile, we are creating new opportunities for AA and
                 NHPI communities by building an economy that works for
                 everyone, including investing in AA and NHPI small
                 businesses and entrepreneurs. Since I took office, the
                 Small Business Administration provided over $22 billion
                 in loans to AA and NHPI entrepreneurs. We have seen the
                 results: During my Administration, we achieved the
                 highest Asian American employment and entrepreneurship
                 rates in over a decade.
                 Last year, the First Lady and I witnessed the absolute
                 courage of the Native Hawaiian people and Hawaii's
                 Asian American and Pacific Islander communities when we
                 visited Maui in the wake of the devastating fires. The
                 destruction upended so many lives, and yet the
                 community showed up ready to help rebuild stronger than
                 before. My Administration has their backs--we are
                 committed to making sure Maui has everything the
                 Federal Government can offer to heal and build back
                 better and as fast as possible. Throughout these
                 efforts, we remain focused on rebuilding the way the
                 people of Maui want to build by respecting sacred
                 lands, cultures, and traditions.
                 Racism, harassment, and hate crimes against people of
                 AA and NHPI heritage also persist--a tragic reminder
                 that hate never goes away; it only hides. Hate must
                 have no safe harbor in America--that is why I signed
                 the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which makes it
                 easier for Americans to report hate crimes, and I also
                 hosted the first-ever White House summit against hate-
                 fueled violence. We are also working to address the
                 scourge of gun violence, which takes the lives of too
                 many AA and NHPI loved ones. I signed the most
                 significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years. My
                 Administration has taken actions to expand background
                 checks and fund efforts to strengthen red flag laws to
                 keep Americans out of harm's way. There is still so
                 much to do, and I continue to urge the Congress to ban
                 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
                 Our Nation was founded on the idea that we are all
                 created equal and deserve to be treated equally
                 throughout our lives. We have never fully realized this
                 promise, but we have never fully walked away from it
                 either. As we celebrate the historic accomplishments of
                 AA and NHPIs across our Nation, we promise we will
                 never stop working to form a more perfect Union.
                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., 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 2024 as
                 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander
                 Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to learn more
                 about the histories of the AA and NHPI community and to
                 observe this month with appropriate programs and
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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                 thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two
                 thousand twenty-four, and of the Independence of the
                 United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                 (Presidential Sig.)
                [FR Doc. 2024-09808
                Filed 5-2-24; 8:45 am]
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