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Throughout the month of May, the Marine Corps honors the past as well as the continuing contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Despite a history of challenges dating back to the earliest immigrants, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to embrace their culture and thrive in the Marine Corps.

Diversity, once viewed as a weakness, is now one of the Marine Corps’ greatest strengths.

The dedication and valor of Asian American and Pacific Islanders can be traced in every American battle since the Civil War.

By 1979, the first nationally recognized Asian American and Pacific Islander week was celebrated; in 1991, it expanded to the entire month of May.

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