Biden expresses pride in the new directive disaggregating AANHPI data

By Yunfei Liu, AsAMNews

President Joe Biden said Tuesday night he is proud of the new directive disaggregating data among Asian Americans and Pacific Islander groups.

His speech highlighted the 30th Annual Gala of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), a non-profit dedicated to increasing AANHPI participation and representation in politics and raise public awareness.

“If our government doesn’t really see the difference between Korean Americans distinctly from Filipino Americans. I don’t know how can they address the needs of each community. ” Biden said at the Gala.

The directive, released in March, requires federal agencies in the United States to provide options for AAPI ethnicities on forms and to eliminate outdated language in their guidelines.

“All of you represent a simple truth: There is no singular Asian American Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander identity. The diversity of culture and breath of achievements that has shaped and strengthened the fabric of our country.”

During the event, Biden and the House Democratic Leader, Hakeem Jeffries, both talked about several Democratic agendas, including AANHPI small business, Roe v. Wade, the ban on assault weapons and student loan relief.

This Annual gala is the largest gathering of AANHPI elected officials and government appointees at all levels, according to APAICS. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gala, referred to the gala as the well-known “Asian Prom”.

Numerous House representatives such as Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jill Tokuda (D-Hawaii), and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), as well as AANHPI elected officials and leaders in other fields, were also present.

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