American Heritage Week by U. S. Congressman Sherrod Brown
my pleasure to celebrate Pacific American Heritage Month
and Taiwanese American Heritage Week. The Pacific American
community has made invaluable contributions to this nation's
history and is dedicated to improving the future.
Americans have proven there are no boundaries to what they
can do. Excelling in all areas of business, science, arts
and literature, Taiwanese Americans are strong and vibrant
contributors to our nation's economic and cultural development.
This community of more than 500,000 people embodies the
work ethic and creativity that has positioned the United
States as a world leader over the last century.
significant progress toward democracy is also cause for
celebration. The election of Democratic Progressive Party's
Chen Shui-bian and Annette Lu is truly a historical event.
The race was more than a race between candidates. It was
a race between the people of Taiwan and the Beijing leadership.
Taiwan's 23 million people did not bow to China's intimidation
tactics. Instead, they chose democracy and will not be deterred
from their course. I am confident the President-elect will
bring prosperity and peace to Taiwan's 23 million people.
is the time to look toward the future. Taiwan must build
upon this foundation and become a model of Democracy for
all of Asia. It must show, through its right to self-determination,
freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, that democracy
can work for Taiwan and its 23 million citizens.
People's Republic of China must accept reality. There are
two sovereign countries facing the Taiwan Strait. Their
continual threats of military strength are intolerable.
The international community needs to stop bowing to Beijing's
threats and allow Taiwan a voice in global politics. Access
to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and
other international organizations is vital to Taiwan's
recognition to the international community.
the Taiwanese American community for their great contributions
to our country, and look forward to a continued partnership
supporting democracy and freedom in the next millennium.