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NASA celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month

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The US space agency NASA (NASA) recently celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

Key Points:

  • NASA celebrates the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to honor the contribution of its amazing employees.
  • The American aeronautics organization , this May 2021, to celebrate the contributions of its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees, both past and present, has organized a variety of internal and external events and products.
  • The events are centered on the theme: `Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service`.
  • This year’s AAPI Heritage Month brings heightened awareness and significance, given the recent violence directed against Asian Americans.”

Legislation passed by US Senate:

  • The hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders had been increasing in the US lately.
  • So, the US Senate in April 2021 passed a bill to combat the rise of hate crimes against the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • The bill supports the local law enforcements in controlling the hate crimes.
  • The hate crimes are the highest in California.
  • Of all the states in the US, California has the highest Asian population.

Who is Pacific Islander and Asian Americans?

  • Pacific Islander Americans are Americans who are of Pacific Islander ancestry (or are descendants of the indigenous peoples of Oceania or of Austronesian descent).
  • They are also known as Pacific Islanders, Pacificer, Pasefika, or Pasifika.
  • Pacific Island is a geographic and ethnic/racial term to describe the inhabitants and diaspora of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania (Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia).

Note: New Zealand has the largest population of Pacific Islanders in the world.

  • The Asian Americans are Americans of Asian ancestry.
  • They are naturalized Americans who are immigrants from Asia may also identify as Asian-Americans.

What is the term Naturalization mean?

  • Naturalization is a legal act by which a non-citizen of a country can acquire citizenship.

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