For Immediate Release
Jan. 10, 2019
NAPABA Celebrates Passage of Congressional Gold Medal Bill
to Chinese American World War II Veterans
WASHINGTON—The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) celebrates the passage of the “Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act” (S. 1050/H.R. 2358). President Trump signed the bill on December 20, 2018. The bill unanimously passed the Senate in September and the House of Representatives in December.
“NAPABA is proud to have supported the efforts to honor our Chinese American World War II Veterans. We thank Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA-39) and Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) for introducing this bill and President Trump for signing it,” said Daniel Sakaguchi, president of NAPABA. “It has been long overdue for these Veterans to be recognized, and essential to the completion of the narrative of Greatest Generation and the role Chinese Americans played in fighting for our democracy and freedom.”
In 2017, NAPABA expressed its support for awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American World War II Veterans in a letter sent to Congress. During its annual Lobby Day in 2018, NAPABA members spearheaded meetings with members of Congress to gain their co-sponsorship of the bill.
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is identifying and collecting stories about Chinese American Veterans who served during World War II. Please visit their website to submit information.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.
NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.
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