Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

By Office of Communications & Marketing | May 16, 2022

Congress established Asian Pacific American Heritage Week in 1978. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush signed legislation annually designating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It was renamed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in commemoration of two significant anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant in the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and the completion, on May 10, 1869, of the first transcontinental railroad, which could not have been built without the labor of thousands of Chinese workers.

Downstate is proud to be home to students, faculty, and staff from various backgrounds and regions around the globe. We celebrate this month in acknowledgment of the achievements and contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We understand that a rich multicultural environment enhances educational and life experiences for everyone.

We proudly share this video featuring Noriyuki (Nori) Murakami, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Murakami founded the inpatient addiction medicine consult service along with Drs. Latif Salam and Kaycie Cobb. He is one of the core faculty for the Human Rights Clinic in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights/Downstate Chapter and the Brooklyn Free Clinic. Read his bio here.

We are sincerely grateful for the many contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in our classrooms, our research laboratories, and throughout Downstate. 


Contact: Dawn S. Walker
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