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ITHACA, NY – May is Asian-Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  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. Through collaborations between the Ithaca Asian American Association, the Asian Women’s Network, the Multicultural Resource Center and the History Center, we cordially invite you to celebrate APA Month with us and to help us kick-off a Story-Telling Project in the community!

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Dinner is provided)

Location: The History Center 401 East State Street, Suite 100, Ithaca, NY.

Parking is available behind the Gateway Center in open spots that do not have signs in front of them. Please park in a spot closer to the State Street hill (to the north of the parking lot than in a spot close to the creek (to the south of the parking lot).

The event is a kick-off for the Asian and Asian American Story-Telling Project here in Tompkins and surrounding Counties as part of the larger community Story-Telling Project of Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees initiated by the Multicultural Resource Center. Join us to celebrate!

Nobel Htoo will be one of the Storytellers in this first event to support her fundraising efforts for schools in very remote rural areas of Burma. Nobel Htoo is an Ithaca High School graduate and currently attending Hartwick College studying Nursing.

Nobel herself is a Karen refugee, who with her family escaped military persecution. Millions of Karen and other ethnic minorities in Burma were displaced due to the internal conflict with the Burma Central Government. Nobel and her family came to the Ithaca in 2009.

Sponsors: Asian Women Network, Ithaca Asian American Association, Multicultural Resource Center & The History Center

Restaurant Support: Saigon Kitchen, Taste of Thai Express & New Delhi Diamonds

For more information or for accommodations, please contact Amy Kuo at, Fabina Benites Colon at or Dr. Sue-Je Gage at

Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.