AMERICAN HERITAGE WEEK STATEMENT
Representative Peter Deutsch (D-FL)
Speaker, this month I join with citizens across the nation
in celebrating Pacific American Heritage Month. The Pacific
American community represents an important foundation of
America's future and I commend the proud celebration of
American Heritage Week -the part of Pacific American Heritage
Month held from May 7 to May 14- celebrates the unique and
diverse contributions of the more than 500,000 Taiwanese
Americans in the United States. This portion of the population
has made countless significant achievements in our country
and their accomplishments can be found in every facet of
American life. Taiwanese Americans have succeeded as successful
and notable artists, Nobel Laureate scientists, researchers,
human rights activists, and business leaders.
to recognizing these contributions, Taiwanese American Heritage
Week also provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate
the success of democracy on the island of Taiwan. Since
1987, the Taiwanese people have freely selected their own
leaders, practiced the religion of their choice, and expressed
their thoughts openly and freely. Taiwan has become a vibrant
and democratic participant in the family of nations. The
recent election of Mr. Chen Shui-bian as the new president
of Taiwan should be considered a reaffirmation of their
dedication to democratic ideals.
despite Taiwan’s many accomplishments, significant political
challenges still remain. With all that the Taiwanese people
and Taiwanese-Americans have accomplished, there can be
no complete satisfaction until Taiwan's sovereignty, status
and global contributions are respected and appreciated.
Gaining worldwide recognition of the legitimacy of Taiwan's
government is paramount. It is crucial that the voice of
the 22 million people of Taiwan be heard in international
organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health
Organization and other international organizations.
Speaker, Taiwanese American Heritage Week recognizes and
celebrates the longstanding friendship between the United
States and Taiwan. I hope my colleagues will join with me
in commending the accomplishments and contributions of the
Taiwanese American community.