A United States senator has thrown his support to a resolution recognizing October as Filipino American History Month in the US in recognition of the numerous contributions of Filipino Americans to American culture.
"Filipino Americans have made indelible contributions to our country: serving valiantly in every American conflict since the Civil War; spearheading social movements; and innovating in our health care and technology sectors, among many other things," said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York.
Schumer believes it is imperative that the US recognizes the accomplishments of Filipino Americans, who he described as "family-oriented and patriotic people who have long been integral parts of every community they live in."
The American legislator also said that efforts should be made to continue promoting the study of Filipino American history and culture to include the largely-overlooked writings and teachings of minority groups that contributed to the development of American society.
Historically, Filipino Americans have been very involved in advocating for workers’ rights, Schumer said, name-dropping labor leaders such as Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong.
Cruz and Itliong were both integral to the multiethnic United Farm Workers movement that led to numerous labor reforms and advancements in the US.
Schumer also said Filipino Americans are also an important part of the United States workforce, especially in the field of healthcare.
"Additionally, they have made numerous contributions to academia and research, culture, and business," he said.
According to the 2010 US Census on the Asian Population, there were 3,416,840 Filipino Americans in the US, making them the second largest Asian-American/Pacific Islander group. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News