Pulaski County declares October Filipino American History Month

 

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (October 25, 2022) – Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde proclaimed October “Filipino American History Month.” 

Arkansas United Deputy Director Joshua Ang Price, the former president of the Filipino Young Leaders Program, received the proclamation from Judge Hyde at October’s Quorum Court meeting on Oct. 25.

“This historic proclamation greatly honors Filipino culture and our contributions to our county and state,” Price said.

Filipino Americans are one of the largest Asian American ethnic groups in the United States. Of the 85,000 Asian American Pacific Islanders in Arkansas, Filipino Americans are the third largest group, the majority living in Pulaski County.

“My mother is a registered nurse from the Philippines who was recruited to work in Arkansas,” Price said. “This is a story shared by so many members of our state’s Filipino American community, the majority of whom live right here in Pulaski County.”

The proclamation stated that 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers served under the Little Rock native General Douglas MacArthur. The Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act unanimously passed through Congress and was signed into law in December 2016.

The proclamation also encourages “all citizens to recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Filipino American men and women in our communities.”