Clinton has designated the month of May as Asian/Pacific
American Heritage Month. Henceforth, the month of May will
call for a national celebration and commemoration of innumerable
contributions that Asians and indigenous Pacific Islanders
have made in American life. Accordingly, how one celebrates
reflects the diversity of the distinct communities of Asian/Pacific
we designate that one week every May as Taiwanese-American
Heritage Week during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
This week will be dedicated to recognizing and appreciating
several aspects of Taiwanese-American Heritage in the United
community, we have our share of heroes and heroines. They
have enriched every aspect of our society with their talents,
intellect, and activism. We celebrate the likes of artists,
scientists, researchers, human rights defenders, and many
others who have contributed to the social status of the
Taiwanese and Taiwanese American today. We also remind ourselves
that, through all these years, many people in our community
risked their lives legitimizing their identity as Taiwanese
Americans and promoting and advocating democracy on Taiwan.
As a community, we should take their experiences as our
precious heritage and enrich the Taiwanese culture here
in the United States and everywhere else.
corollary to honoring what has been achieved, there is the
need to discover and inquire about that remains to be tackled.
While Taiwan has established a model democracy, there remains
political issues that are uniquely Taiwanese. Gaining worldwide
recognition of the legitimacy of Taiwan’s government and
our people in paramount. With all that we have accomplished
as both Taiwanese and Taiwanese-Americans, there can be
no complete satisfaction until Taiwan's status and global
contributions are respected and appreciated.
President Clinton's proclamation of May as Asian/Pacific
American Heritage Month, he has empowered all Asian and
Pacific Americans to take an active part in the unique interests
of our community and the Nation as a whole. As such, the
stage is set for the promotion of Taiwanese-American Heritage
Week. The celebration, however, begins within each individual
upon reflection and understanding on one's roots. Thereafter,
the enrichment continues as we share with others our heritage,
and execute action plans that address what remains to be
resolved and achieved.
spirit of Taiwanese determination and American volunteerism,
we urge all to explore the significance of both Taiwan and
being Taiwanese, and how that makes one an even better active