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Introduction

The month of May has been officially designated as Asian American Heritage Month. The term "Asian American" is such a broad one that there seems to be no clear consensus as to exactly which ethnic groups should be included in this term. Asian Americans have been defined as those with Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Asian Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Thai and a host of other ethnic backgrounds.

We have designed this WebPage feature in an effort to share information and pay tribute to those of Asian American ancestry for their contributions to mine health and safety. Because it is impossible to cover such a large subject in the space permitted, we have made a decision to concentrate on the contributions of Chinese miners in the gold fields of the American West. In future installments, we would like to feature other Asian American groups and would appreciate any information that you might have to share on this subject.

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