EXTENSION OF REMARKS
June 15, 1999
By: Representative David Wu (D-OR)
today to pay tribute to Taiwanese-Americans across the country.
After 50 years of a strong and mutually beneficial U.S.-Taiwan
relationship, the Taiwanese-American community continues
to be the bedrock of that relationship.
are more than one half-million Taiwanese-Americans across
the United States. From science and education, to politics,
Taiwanese-Americans have made profound contributions to
the strength and diversity and this great nation.
year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations
Act, which links the United States and Taiwan in friendship
and cooperation. Since 1987, the Taiwanese people have possessed
the right to select their own leaders, practice their religions,
and speak freely. Taiwan is vibrant and democratic. The
people of Taiwan and the United States share a bond in their
adherence to the principles of freedom, democracy and human
rights. That bond is made stronger each day by the Taiwanese-American
community here in the United States.
as the first U.S. Congressman born in Taiwan, I am proud
to pay tribute to the contribution and commitment Taiwanese-Americans
have made to the United States.
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to FAPA President Dr. Wen-yen Chen: "During the last week
of May 1999 Taiwanese Americans for the first time ever
celebrated Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Prior to that,
all the major Taiwanese American organizations had jointly
decided to designate one week in May every year as Taiwanese
American Heritage Week. The week will be dedicated to recognizing
and appreciating all aspects of Taiwanese-American heritage
in the United States."
Clinton stated in a letter dated May 3, 1999: "This observance
offers us an opportunity to learn more about the outstanding
contributions that men and women from Taiwan have made to
our nation and the world."
Senator Robert Torricelli and Representatives Nita Lowey
and David Wu issued statements commemorating the Taiwanese
American Heritage Week.