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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Our movement is rooted in the ongoing shared struggle for equal rights and full equality. And, our work will never be complete until we create an anti-racist healthcare system that fully supports caregivers and patients of color and provides all patients with culturally-responsive care.

NUHW would not exist without the hard work and sacrifices of members from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the inspiration that we all draw from the civil rights leaders of the past and present. We honor the lives and the legacies of those who came before us and stand out among us, and we welcome you to support and get to know their work.


Phil Ting As an assemblymember, Phil Ting champions policies that expand opportunity for all, equal rights, and protections for the environment.
Janice Mirikitani Janice Mirikitani was a poet, dancer, educator, and activist whose dedication to community advocacy received worldwide recognition.
Betty Yee Through nearly 40 years in public service, Betty Yee has earned a reputation for competence, accountability, and integrity.
Fiona Ma Fiona Ma is the first woman of color to serve as California state treasurer, overseeing the finances of the world's fifth-largest economy.
Yuri Kochiyama Yuri Kochiyama’s passion for social justice began during her family's forced internment during World War II.
Dalip Singh Sound Dalip Singh Saund was the first Asian American, first Indian American, and first Sikh to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
Ai-Jen Poo Ai-jen Poo is leading a movement to lift up one of the most excluded sectors of the American service industry, domestic care workers.
Polynesian Panthers The PPP was formed to address racial discrimination faced by indigenous Māori and Pacific Islanders in New Zealand.
Larry Itliong Labor organizer Larry Itliong played a central role in the 1965-1966 strike and boycott against California grape growers.
Yuji Ishioka Yuji Ichioka coined the term "Asian American" and was instrumental in developing an academic field of Asian American Studies.
Grace Lee Boggs Activist Grace Lee Boggs pursued revolutionary justice for causes like civil rights, labor, feminism and the environment.
May Ying Chen May Ying Chen is an activist who has been actively engaged in outreach and advocacy for immigrant workers for decades.
Philip Vera Cruz Philip Vera Cruz was a labor leader who advocated for workers' rights and led social justice initiatives for agricultural workers.
George Takei George Takei's activism was informed by his experience being relocated to a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
Velma Veloria Velma Veloria became an activist through her participation in the anti-war and Asian American student movements in the 1960s
Tammy Duckworth Illinois Senator and Iraq War combat veteran Tammy Duckworth has used her platform to advocate for veterans' issues.
David Chiu As City Attorney, David Chiu leads a team of legal professionals who provide legal counsel to the Mayor, Supervisors and others.
Kamala Harris As Vice-President, Kamala Harris works to advance opportunity, deliver for families, and protect Americans' fundamental freedoms.