Pelosi Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 1, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich culture and beautiful diversity that the AAPI community has brought to our country.  Throughout our history, Asian Pacific Americans’ energy, entrepreneurial spirit, courage and patriotism have strengthened the foundation of our nation and made America more American.

“Generations of AAPI men and women endured unspeakable hardships and discrimination, and overcame repeated injustices and indignities.  Yet, through it all, they continue to defend and shape our nation with dignity and pride, advancing a freer, more just and equal future for themselves, their children and all Americans.  In San Francisco, we are particularly blessed by the vibrant and growing AAPI community that has enriched our city and proven what we have always known, that the beauty is in the mix.

“This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we express our enduring gratitude for the AAPI community’s innumerable and lasting contributions to our nation.  To honor them and our promise to advance progress for all Americans, we must rededicate ourselves to protecting our heritage as a nation of immigrants and ensure that all people have the opportunity to pursue their American Dream.”