Diversity in Life Science Programs

Keystone Symposia Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May 1-31)

At Keystone Symposia, the Diversity in Life Science Programs (DLSP) would like to share some of the thoughts of our Class of 2010 Fellow, Dana-Lynn Ko'omoa-Lange, regarding how she perceives her role and responsibilities as a Pacific Islander scientist serving as an associate professor at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. In June 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a United States House of Representatives resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate a month later by Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga. "The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants." President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration on October 5, 1978.

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