In a press release today, CAPAC Chair Chu, House Leadership, and House Administration Committee launched the new “Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress” publication, the most comprehensive history available on the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have served in Congress.
The Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk produced the historical reference publication under the guidance of the Committee on House Administration.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair: “As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am so thrilled by the launch of this historic publication, which chronicles the rich history and contribution of the 60 Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders who have served in the U.S. Congress since 1900. Flipping through the pages of this publication, I am reminded of the immense strength and resilience of our community. In just over a century, we have gone from nearly complete exclusion and marginalization at the hands of the U.S. government to now being an integral part of the diversity that makes our nation great.
“My own grandfather was forced to carry a certificate of registration at all times or risk deportation due to discriminatory anti-Asian laws pass by the federal government. To be able to serve as the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress just two generations later alongside a record number of 18 AAPI elected officials in Congress is truly a testament to how far we have come.”
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives: “The House Historian’s excellent new book is a wonderful celebration of the proud history and dedicated service of AAPI Members of Congress. As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this book offers a fitting tribute to the innumerable contributions that AAPI trailblazers have made to the Congress and to the country. It was a pleasure to join CAPAC to honor the leadership of AAPI Members of Congress in the fight to advance diversity, equality and opportunity across America.”
Read more about the publication here. It can be downloaded as a PDF for free.