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Taiwanese American Heritage Week 2003 - template letter

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. Also 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.

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.

During the past years, a growing number of Members of Congress have issued statements congratulating Taiwanese Americans with the TAHW celebration.

A the bottom of this page, you will find a lettre for you to send to your Senator and/or Representative ask him/her to issue a statement along the lines of the draft.

Please contact FAPA HQ at 202-547-3686 if you need assistance or additional information.

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Dear Member of Congress:

As the Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month nears this May, I am writing to inform you of the upcoming Taiwanese American Heritage Week observance, which will be held from May 11th - May 18th. The celebration of Taiwanese American Heritage Week has been well received since the official designation by former President Bill Clinton in 1999, and I look forward to another opportunity to observe and celebrate my Taiwanese heritage. I would like to ask you to support this week by issuing a statement commemorating Taiwanese American Heritage Week.

With more than 500,000 Taiwanese Americans in the United States, you may have a significant Taiwanese American population in your district. In addition to the number of Taiwanese Americans, Taiwanese Americans also have other unique qualities. According to the latest statistics:

- 40% of Taiwanese Americans are college graduates

- 8% of Taiwanese American have doctoral degrees

- 71% of Taiwanese Americans own homes

- 48% of Taiwanese Americans, men and women, are professionals or hold managerial positions

Taiwanese Americans have made enormous contributions to the diversity and prosperity of American society. Moreover, Taiwanese Americans have consistently contributed to the promotion of democracy and security for their motherland Taiwan. Real security for Taiwan, and the preservation of its precious democracy, cannot be achieved without continuous help from our friends in the Congress.

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.

While 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 through Taiwanese membership in the World Health Organization and other appropriate international organizations. Taiwan's security is also a high priority. Taiwan will seeks to a role in world affairs.

Taiwan 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.

This Heritage Week observance provides us with an opportunity to learn more about the outstanding contributions men and women from Taiwan have made to our nation, and to the world. During this special week, we are able to embrace America's diversity and celebrate the spirit of community that binds us together as one nation.

Thank you for your support.


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