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    Taiwanese American Heritage Week

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL)

Congress of the United States House of Representatives

May 5, 2000

Dear friends:

It is an honor and privilege to join millions of Pacific Americans as they celebrate Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2000. American history is rich with the unique contributions of Pacific American that are integral to our society. One group of Pacific Americans who have made a significant and unique contribution to the United States are Taiwanese Americans. I hope that all Americans will join over 500,000 Taiwanese Americans as they celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week from May 7th to 14th, 2000.

The successe of Taiwanese Americans has long been a model for other communities in America to emulate. Taiwanese Americans contribute to every facet of American life. The Taiwanese community includes Nobel Laureate scientists, political leaders, accomplished artisans, medical professionals, and businessmen and women.

Taiwanese Americans should also take pride in their sustained efforts to strengthen, support, and reform democracy on the island of Taiwan. Over the past fifty years, Taiwan has undergone a tremendous political transformation and is now a beacon f democracy and stability in Asia. In March 2000, the Taiwanese voted in an historic presidential election. For the first time in the history of Taiwan, there was a peaceful transfer of power from the ruling party to the opposition party. I believe that the Taiwanese people should be praised for their commitment to the democratic ideals of freedom and human rights and for their dramatic voter turnout—greater that 80% of registered voters—in the recent election. Taiwan has truly emerged as a model for other developing democracies to follow.

As we begin a new century and millennium, I know that the Pacific American community, particularly the Taiwanese American community, will continue to be an integral part of the fabric that makes American the most prosperous and free nation on earth. Pacific American Heritage Month is a perfect opportunity to highlight the tremendous accomplishment of the Taiwanese community and its strong sense of civic virtue and social responsibility.

With warm regards,


Robert Wexler

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