May 18, 2002
The celebration of Taiwanese American Heritage Week
is largely devoted to building an understanding of Taiwanese
American heritage, encouraging pride in Taiwanese American
identity, and helping to contribute to a Taiwanese American
culture ever richer in its diversity.
In 1999, President Clinton proclaimed the last week
of May as Taiwanese American Heritage Week.
He wrote: “As
we seek to become a more united people, we must not forget
our roots, for they remind us of who we are and what we
have to share with others.
American of Taiwanese descent can be proud of their
roots that have strengthened our nation and enriched our
It is for this reason I offer my congratulations
to the Northern California Taiwanese for promoting the cultural
heritage of Taiwan.
As we celebrate this day, we must look within ourselves
and renew our commitment to treat each other with mutual
I join you in celebration and thank you for your
contribution of today’s Taiwanese Cultural Festival, which
will highlight your heritage and fellowship.