from Sacramento. Last month, I was grateful to be invited to
join President Bush at the Asian Heritage Month Celebration Signing
Ceremony. Here is the partial translation of the Chinese article in
Northern CA section (World Journal) regarding my visit to the White House.
State Senate Republican Principle Consultant Chiling Tong was invited as
one of the twelve Asian leaders to the White House to join President Bush
at the Asian Heritage Month Celebration. Transportation
Secretary and Labor Secretary Chao accompanied the President at the
ceremony. After the ceremony, President Bush spent about 30 minutes
discussing different Asian Pacific issues with the group. Chiling Tong
raised the issue of "Asian bashing" to the President's
attention. She said whenever there are tensions between the United
States and an Asian country, Asian-Americans become a target of blame and
Bush expressed his concern about racial intolerance. He said he hoped that
Asian Americans would not be singled out, and that they should be not.
Bush said, "we are all Americans and we should not be treated
differently. President Bush praised the contributions and accomplishments
of the Asian-American community. He stated that the API community has
brought values and ideals to American that are essential to the continued
well-being of our nation. Diversity represents one of our greatest
strengths, [and the] API community will help to determine the course of
our Nations' future."
addition to President Bush's historic appointments of two API cabinet
members and nine sub-Cabinet members to date, listed below are two other
actions that President Bush has recently taken in support of the API
community - Amendment to Executive Order to increase participation of
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs and Quoc Doung
will head White House Imitative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
you have a good summer!!
of the Press Secretary
Immediate Release June
TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 13125, INCREASING PARTICIPATION OF ASIAN AMERICANS AND
PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS
the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws
of the United States of America and in order to change the title of
Executive Order 13125 of June 7, 1999, and to extend by 2 years the
President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
that was created by Executive
13125, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. The title of Executive
Order 13125 is deleted and the following title is inserted in lieu
thereof: "Increasing Opportunity and Improving Quality of Life of
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."
2. Section 9 of Executive Order 13125 is amended by deleting "2 years
after the date of this Executive order unless the Commission is renewed by
the President prior to the end of that 2-year period" and inserting
in lieu thereof "on June 7, 2003, unless renewed by the President
prior to that date."
WHITE HOUSE, June 6, 2001.
WILL HEAD WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS
Quoc Duong is the new executive director of the White House Initiative on
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Health and Human Services Secretary
Tommy G. Thompson announced today.
are very pleased that Mr. Duong has joined the HHS team," Secretary
Thompson said. "We will work closely with him to improve the health
and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."
by an Executive Order in June 1999, the initiative addresses the concerns
of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in a variety of areas, including
health, education, labor, small business, housing and economic
look forward to working with the White House, Secretary Thompson and his
staff to develop an agenda that will give Asian Americans and Pacific
Islanders a strong voice in government," Duong said. "I am
delighted to have this opportunity to serve my community and my
to joining the Bush administration, Duong was vice president for
Development, a real estate development company headquartered in Orange
County, Calif. He previously served as deputy director of California Gov.
Pete Wilson's Office of Community Relations.
served as a board member for the Contra Costa College Foundation, the
Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board, the American Viet League,
and the Vietnamese American Council. He is a graduate of the University of
California, Davis. For more information on the initiative, please visit