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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement today, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

“Each May, Americans come together in celebration of the rich cultural heritage of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We also take time to reflect on our proud yet complicated history. That includes one of the darkest moments in our nation’s past, when President Roosevelt signed EO 9066 and forced persons of Japanese descent into internment camps like the Tanforan Assembly Center. The center, located in my district, housed 8,000 people, most of them US citizens. Today, the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee has commissioned a permanent photographic exhibit of the people detained there, as well as a memorial statue and historical plaza to honor all those who were unjustly incarcerated and to ensure we don’t repeat past atrocities. That is why I continue to work with the committee on this project, and why I am so proud of the incredible gains made by our AAPI community.”

“California leads the country with 600,000 AAPI-owned small businesses, the largest of any state. San Francisco and San Mateo counties account for 50,000 of those businesses, which are crucial to the prosperity of our district, our state, and our country.”

“I am also proud to represent the largest Filipino and Filipino American population in the U.S. These individuals and families have flourished in their pursuit of the American dream and are also essential to the success of the region. For these reasons, and many more, I look forward to even greater progress for our AAPI community and remain dedicated to healing the wounds of our past so that we can all build on the promise of a better and brighter future.”