Reps. Cisneros, Chu, and Takano Honor WWII Chinese American Veterans and AAPI Community Leaders

May 24, 2019
Press Release

Reps. Chu, Cisneros, and Takano (from left to right) presenting a certificate of recognition to Chinese American WWII Veteran Hiram Kwan

FULLERTON, CA – Yesterday, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), and House Veteran Affairs Committee Chair Mark Takano (CA-41), honored surviving Chinese American WWII Veterans and families for their heroism and sacrifice.

“It is a honor to be able to recognize these trailblazers for their efforts in service to their country, despite facing discrimination at home under the Chinese Exclusion Act,” said Rep. Cisneros. “The United States remains forever indebted to the bravery and sacrifice of our Asian American veterans. These heroes answered the call of duty when our nation needed them the most.”

Immediately afterwards, Rep. Cisneros awarded API Community Leaders in the fields of healthcare, education, small business, and public service with certificates of recognition for their contributions to the community and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

“This past month, I have held multiple roundtable discussions with our AAPI community leaders, toured small businesses, and met with community leaders. Today, it was my honor to recognize these individuals for their contributions to our community,” said Rep. Cisneros. “While we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May,  I am committed to recognizing the importance of the 39th’s AAPI community year round. Their diversity and contributions make our community, our state, and our country that much stronger.”

Rep. Cisneros is a Navy veteran who is an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and sits on the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees.