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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Castro Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 4, 2020
Press Release

SAN ANTONIOCongressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), issued the following statement in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“Every May we recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to celebrate the achievements of the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. This month was selected because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese people to the U.S. on May 7, 1843 and also on May 10, 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, which was primarily built by Chinese immigrant labor. Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to our nation’s progress by starting new businesses, creating beautiful art, advancing scientific discovery, and much more.

“As our nation confronts an unprecedented health and economic crisis, it’s important to remember Asian Americans have been an essential part of our past success and will be an essential part of our future prosperity. The rise of discrimination, harassment, and violent attacks against Asian Americans are not only repugnant and dangerous, but these shameful acts are also dividing our society and holding us back from reaching our full potential.

“In San Antonio, we have diverse, and growing AAPI community, including in the 20th Congressional district. We will never tolerate hate towards any community based on who they are or where they come from, and we will always strive to live up to our shared values of freedom, democracy, and opportunity for all.

“As the coronavirus has shown us once again, we are all in this together. As we celebrate the wonderful diversity and vibrancy of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, let us recommit ourselves to treat everyone with respect and dignity.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.