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ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
During the month of May, communities in all fifty states recognize
wise, negative stereotypes about Asian Pacific Americans and their
The first week of May was originally selected to commemorate
Americans and to seek to understand the way that their experience is
the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans
with community festivals, celebrations and educational activities for
adults and children.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in recognition of two important dates relating to Asian American History. May 7, 1843, was the
date when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in America and May
10, 1869, marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad,
which was achieved by employing a significant number of Chinese
President Jimmy Carter once stated, “We have become not a melt-
ing pot, but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, dif-
ferent yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders have greatly contributed to that mosaic through
amazing contributions to society and also through significant individual sacrifice.
Perhaps more than any other racial-ethnic group, Asian Pacific
Americans been singled out for success in cultural assimilation and
achievement. This “positive” stereotyping may seem like a good thing,
but it makes it harder for us to perceive obstacles which obstruct the
upward ascent of Asian Pacific Americans within the practice of law,
and other professions. Despite years of experience to teach us other-
abilities abound also. So what is an administrator to do?
I encourage you to seize this month as an opportunity, together
with your firm, to investigate the culture and heritage of Asian Pacific
similar and starkly different to your own. Delve into the diversity of
cultures (Japanese, Hmong, Laotian, Chinese, Korean, Malaysian, Ha-
waiian and more) that we lump together under the category of Asian
Pacific Americans to understand just how much richness and difference exists just within the group we call Asian Pacific Americans. At
the end of the month, consider how what you learn impacts the way
you look at other groups of people who you might have viewed as being the same within their one group or category.
We are each unique in our own way and our contributions can only
best be appreciated when we are seen for what we are. The same holds
true for our employees, attorneys and clients. Are they being viewed
and respected as individuals or as groups, and how does that impact
our ability to serve them at our very best? This is the potential that
President Carter saw in the beautiful mosaic of America.
Imagine. If you could teach your staff and attorneys to appreci-
ate the mosaic, instead of always stirring the pot, how beautiful the
results could be.
Reprinted with permission of the ALA website.
DOES YOUR FIRM HAVE A DIVERSITY PROGRAM?
We want to hear about your program and may share it in the next GLA ALA Leadership Exchange.
Please contact John Purins of the Magazine Team at jpurins@ReedSmith.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership Exchange - April/May 2013
Leadership Exchange - April/May 2013
Table of Contents
2013 Event Calendar
ALA Social Media
Community Connection News
The I-9 Gets a Make-Over
ALA Management Encyclopedia
Accept the Challenge to Become a Green Lawyer
CLM Corner / Crossword Puzzle
CLM Study Session
CLM - Steve Wingert
GLA Making News
Volunteer of Year
Annual Chapter Meeting
A Law Firm's Marketing Success Story
GLA ALA Essay Contest
March Luncheon Recap
CLM Crossword Puzzle Answers
Member/BP Mixer Recap
Board of Directors
Region 6 Officers
Board Crossover Meeting
Does Your Law Firm's Technology Meet Ethical Requirements?
ALA Past President's Reception
New Members & Member Updates
Members In Transition
2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey
Business Partner Spotlight
Leadership Exchange - April/May 2013