In 2007, Keith Ellison of Minnesota became the first practicing Muslim to become a member of the United States Congress.
He was joined by André Carson of Indiana following a special election on March 11, 2008.
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For me, celebrating my APA heritage means lots of things. The point is that I feel very fortunate to have two sets of cultures to enjoy -- American and Vietnamese.
First, I am proud that the history of my ancestors goes back 20 generations -- twice as long as the U. Rather than divide my identity in half, these two sets of experiences double my understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the world around me.
The Senate has 100 members; the House of Representatives has 435 members and six non-voting delegates.
For those of us in need of solitude and adventure, these idyllic, exotic and beautiful tropical islands also offer a dream escape - a place of refuge, serenity and excitement.
In their greenness and freshness, the islands conjure up visions of unending youth and a heavenly paradise - crystal clear waters, sparkling white sand and surf, golden yellow rays of sunshine with a dawn to night sky of a kaleidoscope of dazzling and impressive array of superb colours - from sapphire blue to topaz and turquoise, garnet and ruby to amethyst, citrine, peridot and emerald to the unique mystique of a theatrical curtain of exquisite Tahitian black pearls and onyx, gloriously adorned by a galaxy and constellations of brilliant starlight diamonds, illuminated and moonlit by a silvery majestic mother-of-pearl - encapsulated by the jubilant embrace of delightfully cool prevailing trade winds.
In 1978 President Carter made it an annual event and in 1990, President George H. Bush proclaimed the entire month of May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Let there be no doubt that these kinds of celebrations are wonderful, fun, and highly recommended.