The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors joined the nation in celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May passing a proclamation during its May 3 business meeting.

Originally chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese citizen, Nakahama Manjirō, to the United States on May 7, 1843, the nation also remembers the anniversary of the May 10, 1869, completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad, built with the “back-breaking labor” of nearly 20,000 Chinese immigrants, according to the proclamation.

The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) population in Loudoun County has grown from 9,172 (5.4%) in 2000 to currently 99,363 living in Loudoun, constituting 23.59% of Loudoun’s population, the proclamation states.

Additionally, the proclamation states AANHPI community has over 45 ethnicities and over 100 languages and dialects, and millions of Americans representing several nations who trace their ancestry to Asia, Hawaii, and Pacific Islands have contributed to various aspects including health care, technology, business, education, politics, arts, science, and community service.

The board also recognized with its proclamation those have been serving during the COVID pandemic in health care, non-profits, law enforcement, emergency services, transportation, supermarkets, and other service industries while facing “increasing rates of anti-Asian harassment and violence.”

Dels. Suhas Subramanyam, D-87th, and Irene Shin, D-86th, were recognized for their work in the General Assembly. Subramanyam is the first Indian American legislator elected to Virginia General Assembly, and Shin is first Korean American woman legislator elected, according to the proclamation.

Ed Wang, a graduate of Stone Bridge High School, was also named in the proclamation. He was the first Chinese American player to be drafted to the NFL in 2010.

Loudoun County has a sister city partnership with Noida, India; New Taipei, Taiwan; and Gangneung and Goyang Cities in Korea to foster mutually beneficial cooperation and exchanges in key areas of business, culture, history, and education; according to the proclamation.

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jke

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