Governor Brown recognized the struggles and hardships the Asian Pacific Islander community have suffered during their time in America. In his proclamation, Brown mentions that the month of May was decided on by Congress in Public Law 95-419 because of its significance for Asian Americans. Two important events occurred in May for Asian America: when the first Japanese, Manjiro, arrived in America in 1843 and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1867.
Brown ends his proclamation with a plead to dispel xenophobia and racism from the country, not only for the month of May but forever. His goal for the month is to recognize the Asian American community and what they have done for America–a group that is frequently erased from history.
To read the full proclamation: https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19403