Statement by Rep. Berman (D-CA)
from Rep. Howard L. Berman
like to extend my warmest wishes to the Taiwanese-American
community as we celebrate the third annual Taiwanese-American
Heritage Week as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month. This special week honors the outstanding contributions
of hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese-Americans to our nation=s
social, economic and political life.
year, the celebration is especially significant as Americans
from all backgrounds express appreciation for the support
of our Taiwanese-American friends in the aftermath of the
September 11th tragedy. Taiwanese-Americans responded overwhelmingly
to the relief effort, another example of the community's
steadfast commitment to democracy, human rights and the
rule of law.
we recognize the numerous achievements of Taiwanese-Americans
in the United States, Taiwanese-American Heritage Week also
gives us the opportunity to celebrate the success of democracy
in Taiwan. Since the lifting of martial law in 1987, Taiwan
has become an open, democratic society where fundamental
freedoms are respected and the will of the people is observed.
The Taiwanese-American community played an important role
in encouraging this profound transformation.
Taiwan has established a model democracy, a number of political
challenges still remain. We must work together to ensure
that Taiwan's status and global contributions are properly
respected and appreciated by the international community.
This can be accomplished in part though Taiwanese membership
in the World Health Organization and other appropriate international
organizations. Taiwan's security is also a high priority.
I have no doubt that Taiwan will meet these challenges and
play an increasingly important role in world affairs.
and the United States share a common commitment to the ideals
of democracy, freedom and human rights. The 1979 Taiwan
Relations Act, which forms the official basis for friendship
and cooperation between the United States and Taiwan, continues
to provide a strong foundation for the bond between the
people of both countries. That bond is made stronger each
day by the Taiwanese-American community.
am privileged to represent a strong Taiwanese-American community,
and proud to pay tribute to their strength and activism
during Taiwanese-American Heritage Week.