After Passing House, Bill to Honor Chinese American WWII Vets Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 13 passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) to recognize the contributions of more than 18,000 Chinese American World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow.

Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono

The Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act was introduced by Sens. Hirono and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Reps. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and Ted Lieu (D-Manhattan Beach), and passed the Senate earlier this year. The bill now awaits the president’s signature.

“More than 18,000 Chinese Americans served our country during World War II, while also facing discrimination here at home,” Hirono said. “Like other minority service members, their contributions were not appropriately recognized during or immediately after World War II. The passage of the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act goes a long way to right that wrong and express our gratitude for Chinese American veterans’ distinguished service.”

“Despite facing outright discrimination, more than 18,000 brave Chinese Americans volunteered to risk their lives to protect their fellow Americans during World War II,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have chosen to r