Organizational Statement | NAPABA Response to Illinois Congressman’s Use of Offensive Term

Organizational Statement

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2017

                                                   For More Information, Contact:
                                                   Brett Schuster, Communications  Manager
                                         , 202-775-9555

NAPABA Response to Illinois Congressman’s Use of Offensive Term


As an elected official, Representative Mike Bost (R. IL-12) serves as a role model and represents a diverse group of constituents, including many Asian Pacific Americans. Although he has now apologized for his recent use of an outdated and offensive term to describe Asians, he has not acknowledged the harm and offense that using such terms may cause to members of our community.

We encourage Rep. Bost to set an example of tolerance and growth by meeting with community organizations, including NAPABA affiliates in Illinois such as the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago and the Chinese American Bar Association of Chicago, to learn about the history of these terms and the harm they may cause.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or

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 approximately 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 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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