May 9, 2003
REPRESENTATIVE DAVID WU AND CONGRESSIONAL TAIWAN CAUCUS CHAIRS CALL
FOR "FREQUENT, HIGHEST LEVEL EXCHANGES
In a House resolution, marking the
fourth annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week, Rep. David Wu (D-OR)
and the co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus Reps. Robert
Wexler, Steve Chabot, Sherrod Brown and Dana Rohrabacher
"recognize the importance of Taiwanese Americans to the United
The resolution notes that
"Taiwanese Americans have made distinct and important
contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many
fields, as evidenced most recently during the war with Iraq where
Taiwanese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces."
Every year, the month of May is
designated as a month of national celebration and commemoration of
the innumerable contributions that Asians and Pacific Islanders have
made in American life. Every year, the week starting with Mothers'
Day is designated as Taiwanese-American Heritage Week. This year,
Taiwanese Americans will celebrate Taiwanese-American Heritage Week
nationwide from May 11 through May 18.
Rep. David Wu writes: "As the
only Member of Congress born in Taiwan, I join the Taiwanese
American community in celebrating the heritage week. At this time,
it is important to recognize the community's successes, but also
work to promote mutual values of democracy, human rights, and the
rule of law."
Rep. Robert Wexler adds: "It is
an honor and privilege to join the Taiwanese American community in
celebrating Taiwanese American Heritage Week. I believe that it is
incredibly important to recognize and salute the Taiwanese American
community for their numerous accomplishments and for their deep
commitment to the United States and its ideals of democracy, freedom
The Heritage Week is dedicated to
recognizing and appreciating aspects of Taiwanese-American Heritage
in the United States as well as to paying tribute to those who have
enriched every aspect of the Taiwanese cultural experience with
their talents, intellect, and activism.
In a reference to the hurdles that
hi-level visitors from Taiwan (including President Chen Shui-bian)
encounter when they seek to visit the United States, the introducers
of the resolution state that "frequent exchanges, including
exchanges at the highest level of government, contribute to
broadening the friendship and cooperation between the United States
"Taiwanese Americans having
their own Heritage Week will reinforce the understanding amongst the
American public that Taiwan is not a province of China, but that
Taiwan and China are two separate countries!" states FAPA
President Ming-chi Wu.
"The call of the resolution to
let Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian visit the U.S. frequently is
equally important," Ming-chi Wu adds. "There is real
support amongst Members of Congress to let Taiwan's democratically
elected President visit the United States - including the U.S.
capital of Washington, D.C. This resolution is a manifestation of
that ever-growing momentum."