Making Strides: Asian American Progression in the U.S.

In the month of October, two very profound events have occurred. The official recognition of past discrimination against the Chinese in the United States and the appointment of Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu as co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Here's a small scoop of these huge strides. 

Senate has unanimously agreed to pass Res.201 a resolution that expresses regret for past discriminatory laws against the Chinese in America. This includes but is not limited to the Page Act of 1975, the Fifteen Passenger Bill in 1879 and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Here's a snippet of Section 1 from Res.201

SECTION 1. ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND EXPRESSION OF REGRET. The Senate--

 (1) acknowledges that this framework of anti-Chinese legislation, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, is incompatible with the basic founding principles recognized in the Declaration of Independence that all persons are created equal;
 (2) deeply regrets passing 6 decades of legislation directly targeting the Chinese people for physical and political exclusion and the wrongs committed against Chinese and American citizens of Chinese descent who suffered under these discriminatory laws; and
 (3) reaffirms its commitment to preserving the same civil rights and constitutional protections for people of Chinese or other Asian descent in the United States accorded to all others, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

In  addition, 

WASHINGTON-Oct. 7th 2011, President Obama  designated Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Christopher Lu to join Education Secretary Arne Duncan as co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Initiative was created to help expand and improve AAPI access to federal services and protections. Lu replaces former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who had co-chaired the White House Initiative before becoming the U.S. Ambassador to China.

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For more information visit: http://whitehouse.gov/aapi