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    Taiwanese American Heritage Week  2001
TAHW STATEMENT BY EDWARD ROYCE (R-CA)

I am pleased to join Taiwanese Americans across the United States in celebrating Taiwanese American Heritage Week.

In designating this week in May as Taiwanese American Heritage Week, congress is honoring the many achievements of the half-million Taiwanese Americans residing in the United States. Taiwanese Americans have made valuable contributions to the diversity and prosperity of American society. They are all representatives of why diversity is Americas greatest strength.

As a member of the House East Asia Subcommittee, I realize the growing influence that this region has on the United States. The U.S. and Taiwan enjoy a close relationship based on shared commitment to democratic ideals. Taiwan is an example to other Asian nations of how democracy can thrive and transform a society. The success of democratization efforts in Taiwan is a testament to the Taiwanese peoples embrace of freedom. It is in the United States interest to help ensure continued growth, democracy, and stability in Asia, and I am committed to working for a strengthened relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Taiwanese Americans have been effective ambassadors at promoting understanding between the two cultures. Taiwanese Americans have had a tradition of making rich contributions to all aspects of American culture, and I have no doubt that this will continue with each generation.

Sincerely,

Edward Royce

Member of Congress

 
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