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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

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May 10, 2017
In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception and ceremony to recognize the Asian-Pacific American community's contributions to New York City.

During the ceremony, Hasan Minhaj was recognized for his long-standing commitment to New York City and the Asian-Pacific American community. Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York. He recently was the host for the 2017 White House Correspondence Dinner and is a senior correspondent on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'. His critically acclaimed one man show 'Homecoming King' will debut on Netflix spring 2017 and touches on the racism that he experienced growing up in the U.S.

Musical guest, Melody of Dragon, featured Chinese Banhu master Xia Wen-Jie and Yang Zhi-Ping (Yang Qin).


We would like to acknowledge, and thank our committed sponsors of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception, without whom this event would not be possible:

  • May Ellen & Gerald Ritter Foundation


Audio Description: Watch the livestream of the remarks by Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray, and honoree Hasan Minhaj as they celebrate their rich heritage at the Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Reception:

We have an incredible Asian-Pacific community in New York City. Tonight, we're at ‪Gracie Mansion celebrating their rich heritage.

Posted by First Lady Chirlane McCray on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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In the News

De Blasio to Honor 'Daily Show' Comedian at Gracie Mansion, Upper East Side Patch

Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj vows to fight for 'immigrant narrative,' Hindustan Times

Will fight for the immigrant narrative: Comedian Hasan Minhaj, The Tribune

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio honors Hasan Minhaj at Asian-Pacific American Heritage reception, The American Bazaar

Hasan Minhaj, Bill deBlasio, Daily World

New York Playbook, Politico

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