PR Newswire Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month With Enhanced Newsline Reaching Chinese American Communities

To help marketers and communicators more closely connect with the Chinese American community, PR Newswire has enhanced its direct news distribution channel to North American Chinese media and websites.

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Enhancements to PR Newswire's North American Chinese newsline include additional media points and individual media contacts as well as select Chinese language websites in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Every press release distributed over PR Newswire's North American Chinese Newsline is translated, free of charge, and sent to hundreds of Chinese language publications in the U.S. and Canada.

"According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Chinese Americans represent the largest segment among Asian Pacific Americans," said Cristy Clavijo-Kish, PR Newswire's senior vice president of U.S. Multicultural Markets. "As a result, strategic marketers are looking for more ways to reach this influential and growing community. Through our extensive distribution network and leading translation services, as well as PR Newswire China, the largest corporate distribution service in China, PR Newswire offers unparalleled reach to Chinese speaking audiences in the U.S., China and around the world."

The North American Chinese newsline is one of a series of channels designed to assist marketers and communicators in connecting and engaging with niche audiences in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to offering this targeted reach to Chinese Americans, PR Newswire also offers targeted channels to Native American, African American and Hispanic communities.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that approximately 3.6 million Chinese Americans were living in the United States in 2006, compared to 2.7 million in 2000. The buying power of Asian Pacific Americans in 2008 was $509 billion, an increase of 337 percent from 1990, and it is expected to reach $752 billion by 2013, according to the University of Georgia's Selig Center for Economic Growth.

About Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Congressional bills passed initially in 1977 established the first ten days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week and a Joint Resolution signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 formally established the annual holiday. President George H.W. Bush, in May 1990, extended the holiday to a month-long commemoration. The month of May was chosen because the first Japanese immigrated to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the transcontinental railroad, built in large part by Chinese immigrants was completed on May 10, 1869. (Source:

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