US to induct Chinese railroad workers into Hall of Honour

May 8, 2014 15:30 IST

US on 7 May 2014 announced that it will induct about 12000 Chinese workers into Hall of Honour. The honour came in the wake of building trans-pacific railroad between 1865 and 1869. This will be the first time for the Asian-Americans to receive such a tribute since the Hall was established in 1988.

US President Barack Obama designated May 2014 as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May was choosen as the month because the Trans-continental Railroad was completed on 10 May 1869.

The national theme of AAPI Heritage Month 2014 is I Am Beyond.

About Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

AAPIs represent a vast array of cultures and hundreds of languages and dialects. Asian Americans refer to Americans with origins from one or more of the 28 Asian nations. Pacific Islanders refer Native Hawaiians and other natives living in the US protectorates of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, or Americans with origins from one or more of the 19 Pacific island nations.

Today, there are approximately 12 million AAPIs living in the US, or about 5% of the total population. By 2020, the AAPI population is projected to reach 20 million, and by 2050, approximately one out of every 10 Americans will be of Asian or Pacific Islander descent (38 million).

Up to 70% of AAPIs are recent (first generation) immigrants and/or refugees. The Philippines, China, and Vietnam were among the 10 leading countries of birth of America's foreign-born population. An estimated 40-50% of AAPIs are limited-English proficient.

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