As ADE continues to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are recognizing two Asian American leaders whose leadership and legacies have shaped Arizona: current State Treasurer Kimberly Yee and Civil Rights Activist Fred Korematsu.
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Born and raised in Arizona, Treasurer Kimberly Yee currently serves as the head of the Office of the State Treasurer Arizona. In this role, she oversees approximately $21 billion in assets and stewards the cash management of Arizona’s $40 billion state budget and related payments to state agencies, local governments, and public schools.
In her years in public office, Treasurer Yee has been a trailblazer for Arizona’s Asian American community. She is the first Asian American elected to a statewide office in Arizona’s history. In 2010, she became the first Asian American woman elected to the Arizona Legislature and served for eight years, both in the House and the Senate.
Learn more about Treasurer Yee on the Office of the State Treasurer Arizona’s website. https://www.aztreasury.gov/treasurer-kimberly-yee
PBS Learning Media and the Fred Korematsu Institute partnered to develop standards-aligned lesson plans (K-13+) on the WWII Japanese American incarceration explore topics such as Japanese American resistance to the incarceration and the U.S. government’s misleading use of language and euphemisms. Each lesson plan integrates a documentary film clip and includes background information, focus questions, objectives, historical thinking skills, detailed activities, and supplementary materials.
PBS Fred Korematsu Institute Collection
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 37 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. Based in Washington D.C., NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues.
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
Chandler-Gilbert Community College compiled local events celebrating and featuring the diverse culture of Asian American & Pacific Islander students, faculty, staff, and community members. Hosted by our Asian American & Pacific Islander clubs, these events were selected by Chandler-Gilbert Community College students.
Learn more here: https://www.cgc.edu/events/2021/asian-pacific-islander-heritage-events.
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