"Chow" is derived from the Cantonese language from a word meaning "food or miscellany." From Malaysia comes "ketchup," derived from "kicap," meaning "fish sauce." Imagine that on a french fry!
Naturally, these borrowed words no longer seem foreign as they have been completely absorbed into the English language. Others are still strongly associated with their country of origin, such as terms for specific ethnic dishes or the different schools of martial arts.
Because Asians and Pacific Islanders have had a profound effect on the nation’s culture, history and way of speaking, May has been designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The 2007 theme, "Pursuing Excellence through Leadership, Diversity and Unity," is a salute not only to the values Asian Pacific Americans hold dear but also to their contributions in making the nation a spirited, free society.