Sunday, April 28, 2013

Terry Shima Shares the Spirit of Looking Back - Moving Forward to Celebrate APIA Heritage Month in Fairfax

For Immediate Release
Contact: Genie Nguyen
                                                 Celebrating APIA Heritage Month
Terry Shima, the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal Recipient,
Shares the spirit in “Looking Back, Moving Forward”
At Fairfax County Government Center – May 4, 2013

Fairfax, VA:  To kick off the APIA Heritage Month Celebration, on May 4, Terry Shima, the Hawaii born Japanese American WWII Veteran, who just received the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal Award, will share his story in “Looking Back, Moving Forward” at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Having received the nation’s second highest civil award, Shima told reporters at the White House on February 15, 2013:

“I accept this medal on behalf of the volunteers at the Japanese American Veterans Association and for the men who fought in Europe and the Pacific, including my older brother, Hideichi Shimabukuro, to settle the question of loyalty once and for all and to help level the playing field for minorities,”

It is the “level playing field” that Shima and all Asian Pacific Islander Americans aspire for while fighting in Europe and the Pacific, to defend the American values across the ocean.

Terry Shima served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which fought in Italy and France. In November 2011 the US Congress presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award this nation can bestow, on the 100th Battalion, the 442nd RCT and the Military Intelligence Service.  

Asian Pacific Islander Americans invite all to join us on Saturday May 4, at Fairfax County Government Center, to celebrate the Asian American Heritage, a resiliently colorful thread being woven into the American fabric for generations to come.

Event: Looking Back, Moving Forward – Celebration of APIA Heritage Month
Venue: Fairfax County Government Center – Board Auditorium
             12000 Government Center Parkway
             Fairfax, VA 22035
 Time: 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Event is free and open to the public. RSVP required at


Hosted by Voice of Vietnamese Americans and Voice of Asian Americans, in collaboration with APIAVote, Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, Vietnamese Youth Leadership Conference, National Congress of Vietnamese Americans, Vietnamese Literacy and Artistic Club, Virginia Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Asian Foundation, Vietnamese Language School St Michael & Vietnamese Children of Washington D.C., Association of Vietnamese Mothers, and the participation of the Communities of Bangladeshi Americans, Cambodian Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Hmong Americans, Indian Americans, Indonesian Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, Laotian Americans, Mongolian Americans, Taiwanese Americans, Thai Americans, Tibetan Americans, Vietnamese Americans.

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