FURUTANI RESOLUTION HONORS
CALIFORNIA NATIVE HAWAIIANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS
September 12, 2011
SACRAMENTO – Assembly member Warren T. Furutani (D – South Los Angeles County), announced that Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 67 was chaptered by the Secretary of State. Sponsored by the community based organization Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, ACR 67 recognizes the contributions of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities to California, and also recognizes the importance of preserving NHPI communities and their traditions.
An influx of NHPIs arrived in California in the 1950s after World War II. Post-World War II, military service brought Pacific Islanders from the United States territories of American Samoa and Guam to California. Native Hawaiians and Tongans came to California seeking economic opportunities, with many Tongans migrating to California via American Samoa. Many NHPIs initially settled in southern California cities such as Carson, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oceanside, and San Diego, while others settled in San Francisco.
Making up more than 284,000 community members in 2010, the NHPI community in California is one of the largest NHPI populations in the United States. The NHPI community, a diverse group of ethnicities including, but not limited to, Guamanian/Chamorro, Native Hawaiian, Marshallese, Fijian, Samoan, and Tongan, continue to thrive as American citizens and American nationals in California and the greater United States.
“ACR 67 sends a strong message to our NHPI Californians that we acknowledge their sacrifices and contributions to the success of California,” stated Assembly member Furutani, “The preservation of our NHPI communities is critical to our state history, culture, and traditions.”
The 2010 Census Bureau data shows that NHPIs are continuing to become a growing part of our nation’s economy. Between 2002 and 2007, NHPI-owned businesses saw a 31 percent growth in number, while United States businesses overall increased in number only 18 percent. From 2000 to 2010, the NHPI community increased in population in California by 23.4 percent.
Assembly member Warren T. Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County) represents the 55th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Carson, Harbor City and the Harbor Gateway, Lakewood, parts of Long Beach, and Wilmington. He serves as chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus. Established in 2001, API Legislative Caucus aims to represent and advocate for the interests of the diverse API communities throughout California. Additionally, the Caucus seeks to increase API participation and representation in all levels of government.
Contact: Andrew Medina