The Township Council honored various Asian groups in recognition of Asian American Heritage Month at Monday's meeting.
"This year we are following President Obama and taking our lead from him," said Mayor Arlene Johnson, referencing the president's recent announcement that he was designating May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
With a formal proclamation, the council honored the "sons and daughters of Cambodia, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, the Philipines, Thailand, Vietnam" as well as others from various other Asian and Pacific lands that are helping "to build a vibrant America as leaders in medical and scientific research, in the halls of Congress, in educational institutions, business, labor, the arts and every other human endeavor."
The mayor and members of the council presented certificates to representatives from the following Livingston groups: Hindu American Seva Charities, Livingston Chinese School, Livingston Korean United Methodist Church, Livingston Huaxia Chinese School, the Livingston Indian School, the Livingston Taiwanese Association, Asian Indians in Livingston, the Korean Community of Livingston, the Filipino Community of Livingston and the Livingston Chinese Association.
Some local Asian business leaders were also cited. David Lin, chief financial officer of Formosa Plastics Corporation in Livingston, and Mitrajit Mukherjee, president of Exelus, a technology company in town, were honored for their contributions to the community.