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DNR Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage On May 9

Keynote Speaker Ginny Gong

Annapolis, Md. (May 2, 2012) - May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is celebrating with an event hosted by award-winning talk-show host and author Ginny Gong on Wednesday, May 9 in Annapolis.

Gong serves as director of the Montgomery County Office of Community Use of Public Facilities, host of Ginny’s …where East meets West and author of From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: My Chinese Laundry Experience in America. She is the first Asian-Pacific American appointed to head a department within Montgomery County government. Gong is also an accomplished educator, requested public speaker and facilitator, successful businesswoman, and respected local and national community leader.

Among her accomplishments, Gong was nominated to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and recognized as one of the State’s distinguished Women Leading the Way. She is also the recipient of the Women of Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Association of Business and Professional Women and the Maryland State Education Association’s Leadership Award.

May was designated national Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1990, to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S., on May 7, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

The event is free, open to the public and includes a light lunch. The program will take place at 12 p.m. on May 9 in room C-1 of the Tawes State Office Building at 580 Taylor Avenue. More information is available by calling Richard W. Allen of the DNR Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058.

   May 2, 2012

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