DNC Releases Statements on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


The Democratic National Committee released the following statements today marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Statement from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“The diverse cultures and peoples of Asia and the Pacific have, for more than 160 years, woven strength and vibrancy into the fabric of America. From Angel Island to Manhattan’s Chinatown, from railroads to farm fields and from hospitals to courtrooms, the history of AAPI communities in the United States is inextricably linked to our national identity and American pride. AAPI communities continue to invest in the economic future and prosperity of our country and contribute to the national character that all Americans revere.  And they have shared in American sacrifices as we were reminded of earlier this week when President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Private First Class Anthony Kaho’ohanohano, a native Hawaiian who joined the U.S. Army and gave his life fighting for his country in Korea.

“Each May we recognize the role that AAPIs have played in our American story. Like Americans of all backgrounds, AAPIs have suffered tragedies and worked to achieve uniquely American triumphs. It is critical that we continue to work to erase disparities that negatively impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to guarantee that they are able to fully participate in American society and pursue the American Dream.”

Statement from DNC Vice Chair Mike Honda:

“Since President Obama was elected in 2008, we’ve made historic progress in Congress in enacting legislation that helps AAPI communities.  As a result of the Affordable Care Act, many in the AAPI community are already benefiting from provisions that prioritize preventive care – a particularly critical advance in a community that has suffered from disparities in vaccinations, cancer screenings and infant mortality rates. And President Obama, working with Democrats in Congress, has cut taxes for small businesses sixteen times, providing a payroll tax holiday for new hires, credits for health insurance, and capital gains exclusions for investors – helping Asian American entrepreneurs across this country to succeed and thrive. 

“As we work to protect the progress we’ve made and support President Obama’s plan to win the future to ensure that America remains the world leader in education and innovation, we will engage AAPI voters in our efforts to re-elect the President and take back the House. In 2008, AAPI voters came out in record numbers to support President Obama, and in 2012, we aim to break records again – because we know how important it is that we continue to support a leader who has fought and will keep fighting to increase opportunity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and for Americans of all backgrounds.”

Statement from Bel Leong-Hong, Chair of the DNC Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus:

“AAPI Heritage Month is a time to reflect on and rally around the core values that AAPIs and Democrats share. Progress in this country is about hard work, perseverance, and compassion for others who have less. As AAPIs, we must continue to be involved and engaged in helping to support candidates who represent our issues and struggles. Through outreach programs, strategic voter contact with our diverse communities and cultivation of future AAPI candidates, AAPI Democrats can do our part to help re-elect the President and elect Democratic candidates nationwide.”