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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month falls in May for two reasons: the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the U.S. in May 1843, and the First Transcontinental Railroad, built largely by Chinese laborers, was completed in May 1869.
In the U.S., where racial relations often center on the Black-White binary, Asians (5.7% of the population) have often been ‘the invisible race,’ particularly in regions where they make up even smaller proportions of the population. Meanwhile, Pacific Islanders (0.2% of the population) are barely recognized in the continental U.S. American consciousness.
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Members of the URDP Community:
On behalf of the URDP staff and leadership, we wanted to reach out to you and offer this message of support and unity.
These past several days have been extraordinarily difficult. We have borne witness to the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer while three other police officers stood silently by (and not yet charged). We have borne witness to the responses in our cities and towns across America as tens of thousands have taken to the streets to express their rage at an unjust system and frustration with change that has been promised but has still not come. And we have borne witness to elected leadership that has responded to these events not with compassion and commitment to justice but with cynicism, callousness, force, and oppression.
We have seen a lot over the last few days, and we must not stop looking.
The Department of Urban Design and Planning celebrated our 2019 graduates on June 14 & 15th, 2019. In reflecting on the past year, we wanted to share a few of the stories about the smart, creative, passionate students who are using their degrees in uniquely innovative ways…