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Celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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In May 2014, our D.C. Metro Diversity Committee, together with co-sponsors APABA-DC, the Korean American Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C., hosted a special evening in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

The event commenced with the East Coast premiere screening of the critically acclaimed ABC documentary, "Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain," which profiles the Japanese-American internees who were confined at Heart Mountain during World War II. The film was recently honored with a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The film was followed by an enlightened and moving panel discussion that explored how the internment and other experiences have shaped the views of the Asian-Pacific American community, other ethnic minorities, and U.S. Constitutional law, as well as some of the challenges facing the Asian-Pacific American community today. Panelists included Norman Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, member of Congress, and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation; Shirley Ann Higuchi, former president of the D.C. Bar and current chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; Mee Moua, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Center and former three-term Minnesota state senator; and Vincent A. Eng, VENG Group partner and lecturer on Asian-Pacific Americans and Law at Columbia Law School.

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