The majority of the workers who laid the tracks to the transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869, were Chinese immigrants.
Sammy Lee became the first Asian-American to earn an Olympic gold medal, winning in platform diving in both 1948 and 1952.
George Ariyoshi, who served as the governor of Hawaii from 1974 to 1986, became the nation’s first Asian-American governor.
Like these, countless other Asian-Pacific Americans have made notable contributions to society.
From connecting two coasts to obtaining Olympic gold, Asian-Pacific Americans have greatly influenced U.S. business, arts and entertainment, government and politics, science and technology, sports and much more.
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present and Future.” As we reflect on the contributions Asian-Pacific Americans have made in the past, we also want to acknowledge the contributions they are making today and are striving to make tomorrow.
In honor of the month, help us discover eight great Asian-Pacific American community leaders under the age of 35 in the San Diego region. Submit your nominations to Politics@SDNN.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, April. 30. Nominations should be under 300 words with a clear description of why he or she deserves to be included and how he or she has advanced the Asian-Pacific American community. Include his or her contact information.