AMERICAN HERITAGE WEEK STATEMENT
Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN)
I deeply regret that I am unable to join you and others
in Knoxville this Saturday for the beginning of the Taiwanese
American Heritage Week, I want you to know that I share
your pride in the string ties that bind the United States
is one of America’s greatest friends and most trusted partners
in the world. And Taiwan’s evolution as a free society with
a robust democracy and an open-market economy serves as
a shining example for others to follow. None of this could
have been possible, however, were it not for the hard work,
strong spirit, and ingenuity of the Taiwanese people, and
their commitment to the principles and values all of us
importantly, however, our two countries are bound by the
cultural, traditional and familial ties that span many generations.
Taiwan-American communities across America bring richness
and diversity to our country. And the achievements of Taiwanese
Americans -culturally, academically, politically, and economically-
are too numerous to list. It goes without saying that Taiwanese
Americans have contributed enormously to Tennessee’s, and
our nation’s, success, and by doing so have deeply honored
their heritage and ancestry.
all of these reasons, I especially want to commend the great
accomplishments of the Taiwanese American community in Tennessee,
and thank you for your longstanding contributions to our
country, our state and our communities.
once again on this very important occasion.