WASHINGTON – May 1 marked the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which commemorates the history, contributions, and achievements of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and congressional leaders released the following statements:
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), CAPAC chair: “Every year in May, we come together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and the invaluable contributions that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our great nation. Today, AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, and more immigrants come to the U.S. from the Asia-Pacific region than anywhere else in the world. The incredible growth and vitality of this community can be found in so many different sectors – from small business owners to medical professionals to military service members and public servants. And we have also seen this growth in our very own Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, where we now have a historic high of 18 AAPI members of Congress!
“Together, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has the power to make our voices heard on a wide range of issues – from keeping immigrant families together and denouncing hate violence to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, let us recommit ourselves to advancing the needs of our communities and ensure that America continues to be land of opportunity for all.”
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), CAPAC vice chair: “I join my colleagues in Congress and all Americans as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific islanders make up a large and valuable part of our country. As Guam’s representative to Congress, I am extremely proud to represent a district made up of a majority of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. I witness first-hand the valuable social and economic contributions they make to our community and our nation. We share unique cultures and rich histories that we will honor and celebrate. We must use this month as a reminder to work together and protect and strengthen our shared values as an AAPI community and as a nation.”