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Celebrating Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Inventors and Entrepreneurs

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Joint blog by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Economic Development Administration This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce is celebrating Americans from Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. The Department pays tribute to the numerous AANHPI entrepreneurs and innovators helping fulfill the promise of America for all. Here are three of their...

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month: Honoring a Leader in Data Collection

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David “Daddy” Kaonohiokala Bray: Giving a Hawaiian Voice to the Census By Christopher Martin and Jasmine Pridgen, U.S. Census Bureau Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders have long contributed to the U.S. Census Bureau’s mission, both at headquarters and in the field. In honor of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Census Bureau is highlighting an...

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month: NOAA Scientist and NIST Mathematician Lead Efforts in Ecology, Data Encryption

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Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders contribute thousands of years of cultural heritage and tradition to the United States and advance the nation in all areas, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. During this month recognizing their heritage, we celebrate two outstanding Commerce employees who are breaking exciting new ground in Pacific Island ecology...

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Stats in Honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad completed May 10, 1869. In...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau

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Guest blog post by Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau I am honored to serve as the Assistant Division Chief for Content, Translation, Puerto Rico, and Island Areas Operations in the Decennial Census Management Division of the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, I manage several operations within the Decennial Census...

Recognizing AANHPI Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Entrepreneurs and Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

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This year as we celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, we must first recognize the rise of hate crimes on the AANHPI community faced this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commerce Department continues to support the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to end this violence and root out systemic barriers to economic justice, health...

Spotlight on Commerce: Hannah Wang, Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Guest blog post by Hannah Wang, Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) As a primary patent examiner at the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I handle patent applications in the area of computer networking. In addition, I have the privilege of currently serving as president of the Asian Pacific American Network (APANET), one of the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ava Jamerson, International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration

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Guest blog post by Ava Jamerson, International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration I am an International Trade Specialist and professional communicator in the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration’s Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) unit. In this role, I help U.S. industries, media and the public understand the work we do to support a free, fair, and rules-based...

Spotlight on Commerce: Thomas Choi, International Program Specialist, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP)

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Guest blog post by Thomas Choi, International Program Specialist, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) I am humbled to write a blog post in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and to share my story, especially now, when this month is more important than ever. My name is Thomas Jungwoo Choi, and I serve as an International Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of...

Spotlight on Commerce: MiYong Kim, Operating Committee Chair, Bureau of Industry and Security

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Guest blog post by MiYong Kim, Operating Committee Chair, Bureau of Industry and Security I am the Chair of the Operating Committee (OC) at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). In that role, I chair the interagency body that resolves contentious license applications related to munitions parts and components and exports of dual-use items including commodity, technology...