Welcome to the White House's
celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month a time when the
country recognizes and honors the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific
strongest when all Americans have the opportunity to make the most of their
lives, to contribute their talents to our country. That is why President
Clinton has fought consistently to keep the American Dream alive for all
Americans. He's balanced the budget, strengthened our nation commitment to
education, made college affordable to all our citizens, improved access to
health care, and built new ties of international trade. In doing so, he has
opened the doors of opportunity even wider to Americans of every race, color,
and station in life.
month of May, we celebrate the important role Asian Americans and Pacific
Islanders have played in efforts to build a strong and successful America, and
highlight ways the Clinton Administration has sought to address specific needs
within this community. This year's celebration of Asian Pacific American
Heritage month is enhanced by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders which seeks to improve the quality of life for Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Initiative was established by Executive
Order in June of 1999 (see photo above).
following pages, we hope to give you a glimpse of how the Clinton-Gore
Administration is working to address issues of concern to the Asian American
and Pacific Islander Community. You will learn more about:
- The White
House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and how this effort
seeks to address the needs within the AAPI community.
- The record
number of appointments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to some of the
highest offices of government in the Clinton Administration.
overview of the President's accomplishments on behalf of Asian Americans and
President's Historic Trip to South Asia.
Pacific American Heritage activities throughout the country.
White House as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and work on
behalf of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and indeed all people to
build the world's strongest and most diverse democracy for the 21st