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Tancredo Salutes Taiwanese American Heritage Week 

May 9, 2000

Washington, DC- U. S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) released the following statement today regarding Taiwanese American Heritage Week 2000.

"Taiwanese American Heritage Week-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 this country and their accomplishments can be found in every facet of American life.

In addition to recognizing their contributions, this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the success of democracy on the island of Taiwan. Since 1987, the Taiwanese people have possessed the rights to select their own leaders, practice the religion of their choice, and express their thoughts openly and freely. Taiwan is a vibrant and democratic participant in the family of nations. The election last March 18 of opposition leaders Mr. Chen Chui-bian as the new president of Taiwan, should be considered the crowning achievement of this strive by the people of Taiwan for full-fledged democracy and freedom.

While Taiwan has established a model democracy, there remain political challenges. 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, and that the United States trumpets the democratic ideals of our Pacific ally and friend. With all that Taiwanese and Taiwanese-Americans have accomplished, there can be no complete satisfaction until Taiwan's sovereignty, status and global contributions are respected and appreciated.

Taiwanese American Heritage Week recognizes the long-standing friendship between the United States and Taiwan. I commend the great accomplishments and contributions of the Taiwanese American community."

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