Reps. Royce, Lieu Recognize Chinese American Veterans
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced today the Chinese American World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 2358). The bipartisan legislation recognizes the dedicated service of Chinese American veterans of World War II and collectively awards them the Congressional Gold Medal.
Chairman Royce: “The United States remains forever indebted to the bravery, valor, and dedication that the Chinese American veterans of World War II displayed. Their commitment and sacrifice demonstrates a highly uncommon and commendable sense of patriotism and honor in the face of discrimination.
“To these brave veterans of World War II, thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are a grateful nation, and we honor your service by working towards a better world. We must promote diplomacy over conflict and ensure that war is the absolute last resort.”
Rep. Lieu: “I am honored to join Congressman Ed Royce in introducing the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. As we observe this month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the introduction of our bill is a timely reminder of the many contributions AAPIs have made to our great nation, including serving in our military. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Chinese Americans served with courage and distinction during WWII and it is time for Congress to recognize them by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. As an Air Force veteran, I am thankful for those who came before who answered our nation’s call to serve. I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill to recognize the valiant contributions of our Chinese American Veterans.”
NOTE: By the start of World War II in 1941, slightly more than 100,000 Chinese Americans had made a life for themselves in the U.S. Chinese Americans faced major challenges, including discrimination, before the start of World War II due to laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which limited the size of their population and their ability to build thriving communities. Nevertheless, and even with the Chinese Exclusion Act in place, almost 20,000 of these brave men and women served in the armed forces in every theater of battle and every branch of service, earning citations for their heroism and honorable service.