Governor Andrew Cuomo today unveiled an exhibit honoring the legacy of five Asian American leaders, located in the State Capitol, and announced that May is Asian American and Pacific Islander month. The exhibit, “Asian Americans in New York: United Our Voices by Speaking Together,” depicts the history of Asian Americans in New York, their ability to overcome misconceptions and wrongful stereotypes, and to ultimately improve the lives and communities around them. The exhibit is located in the War Room on the second floor of the New York State Capitol and will run through the end of May.
"New York is shaped by the rich and diverse cultures that call it home, and this exhibit honors the immense contributions of leaders from the Asian American community," Governor Cuomo said. "These trailblazers have left a remarkable imprint on their communities and beyond, and because of their vast accomplishments, New York is all the better. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I am proud to honor their legacy and celebrate the countless contributions of the Asian American community."
The new exhibit honors five New Yorkers of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage who have worked collectively to achieve success in the fields of leadership and civic engagement, community health, law, higher education, and science. Their contributions strengthen communities across the state and add to the state’s rich social and cultural diversity.
In total, five Asian-American leaders are being recognized for their accomplishments, including:
Dr. Yung Duk Kim: Former president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Corporation, who has dedicated himself to support leadership, political engagement, and cultural pride in the New York Korean American community.
Setsuko “Suki” Terada Ports: Community activist who has improved access to quality health care related to AIDS in low-income and minority communities.
Hon. Lorna G. Schofield: U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who is the nation’s first, and only, Filipino American Article III federal judge.
Dr. Satish K. Tripathi: University of Buffalo President and a respected computer scientist raised India.
Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu: Chinese American nuclear physicist who contributed to the Manhattan Project and made history with an experiment contradicting scientific beliefs.
A photo of the exhibit is available here.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about visiting the New York State Capitol, click here.
Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo