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Pelosi Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements, rich cultures, and extraordinary contributions of the AAPI community.  Americans from Asia and the Pacific Islands have risen above hardship, prejudice, and outright persecution to become an indelible part of the American story.

“For generations, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have dedicated their lives to developing and defending the heritage of our country.  Today, they are defining our country’s future as leaders in business and government, athletics and public service.  Their perseverance in the pursuit of opportunity and equality helps shape our identity, ensure our progress, and safeguard the success of future generations.

“Nowhere is that truer than in my hometown of San Francisco, where a vibrant and growing AAPI community strengthens our city and reminds us every day that the beauty is in the mix.  In working to pass comprehensive immigration reform, we can unite AAPI families and ensure the diversity embodied by these communities remains a virtue of America’s strength. 

“During this Asian Pacific American Heritage month, let us honor the sacrifices, the successes, and the resilience of our AAPI community.  Let us recognize the invaluable role Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played in the success of our past and will play in building our future.  Let us reaffirm our legacy as a nation that derives its power from our most basic promise: out of many, we are one.”