May 19th, 2009
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! May was first designated as a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Americans in 1978. The month was chosen to coincide with important, but little-known milestones of Asian/Pacific American history — the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the building of first transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869, largely by Chinese workers.The month of May was officially dubbed “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month” by an act Congress in 1992.Demographic trendsThe 2000 U.S. census recorded 11.9 million people who reported themselves as having either full or partial Asian heritage, 4.2% of the U.S. populationAsian American population is heavily urbanized, with nearly three-quarters of Asian Americans living in metropolitan areas with population greater than 2.5 million. Asian Americans are concentrated in the largest U.S. cities, with 40% of all Asian Americans living in the metropolitan areas around Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. Half of all Asian Americans (5.4M) live in Hawaii or the West Coast, mostly in California (4.2M).Asian Americans tend to have larger families and earn slightly less per capita than white populations. However, they have higher median income than whites as well as higher percentage of home ownership and college graduation rate. The proportion of Asian Americans at many selective educational institutions far exceeds the national population rate.Upcoming Events in San Diego:Asian Business Association Night at the Symphony with Pianist Jon Kimura ParkerDate: May23, 2009 Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm Location: San Diego Symphony Hall 1245 Seventh Avenue San Diego, CA 92101Details: A Jacobs’ Masterworks performance will feature pianist Jon Kimura Parker playing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.Shen Yun Performing Arts Date: May 26 thru May 28, 2009 Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm Location: California Center for the Arts 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025Event Description: Shen Yun Performing Arts s a premier classical Chinese dance and music company with two full orchestras embracing both Chinese and Western instruments.Inspired by the myths, legends, and divinity of China’s 5,000 year-old artistic tradition and culture, Shen Yun’s production is classical, innovative, entertaining and uplifting. If presents aesthetically beautiful choreography, costume, and music with messages of dignity, virtue and hope. The state-of-the-art scenery backdrop adds another “must-see” feature to Shen Yun’s productions.During it’s world tours over the past three years, Shen Yum graced many of the world’s most prestigious performance venues, including Paris’ Le Palais de Congres, DC’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and has touched the hearts of thousands of audience members in over 80 cities across four continents.