Now that Joseph R. Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, the country needs to unite again after experiencing a tumultuous period under the previous administration leading to a tragic demonstration at the nation’s capital on Jan. 6.
With the 2020 U.S national election approximately a month away, will Asian American voters make a difference in the U.S. political fabric? Although there are constantly surveys being taken to determine how Asian Americans will actually vote, to provide you with a snapshot, I am providing an executive summary of a survey taken by APIA Vote on September 15, 2020.
China Insight hopes that your summer has been an enjoyable and fulfilling one. It is good to reconnect with you after our summer hiatus to recharge ourselves.
This month, I am departing from my typical pronouncements and instead will focus on the article written by Bill Chen ( page 6) regarding the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans. We strongly encourage you to read the article and to get actively involved in getting the proposed bills passed by Congress. As noted in the article, the genesis for the Gold Medal was initiated by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), which can be tracked at their dedicated website https://caww2.org/. CACA is the lead organization spearheading this effort and as we go to press, will be discussing this effort at their 54th Biennial National Convention being held in Chicago, Aug. 30-Sept. 2.
China Insight normally does not undertake nor sponsor any kind of causes, but is making an exception since we feel this is a no-brainer, non-partisan recognition that has been earned by Chinese Americans who served gallantly in World War II, which Bill Chen so eloquently presented in his article. Although the Chinese American community has always strived to be good citizens, history has shown that they have not been treated fairly and need to let their Congressional leaders know that their service to our country needs to be recognized. Like many minorities, Chinese Americans overcame discrimination to serve their country bravely and honorably, and we need to encourage Congress to act favorably and swiftly on this proposal to commemorate the service of these Chinese American veterans.
To assist you in contacting our Congressional leaders, we have drafted a suggested letter (below) that can be sent to members of Congress (or use it as cover for a petition) to ask for their support of this legislation (Letter also can be downloaded from www.chinainsight.info.). Please feel free to revise the suggested letter to suit your own needs/style. But please make sure you sign it () before you send it.
In Minnesota, we have secured the support of Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Representative Betty McCollum, and we still have a ways to go. To track the progress of the Congressional bills, we have listed the following websites:
Senate Bill 1050: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1050/cosponsors
While we hope all Minnesotans of Chinese American descent will do their part, our success will need the support of everyone throughout the country, so we are also including a website where you can contact your Congressional members of your state at:
We also encourage the leaders of all Chinese American organizations throughout the country to reach out to their members to get them involved in getting this legislation passed. These bills have been proposed, but need their Congressional representatives to vote their support.
While we expect the Chinese American community to lobby for this proposed legislation, we welcome participation from all Americans since a Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans would be appropriate in light of the racial unrest now being experienced in the country.
China Insight intends to use whatever resources it has available to get the Congressional Gold Medal approved. We will be reaching out to the newspapers and other media to publicize the effort. If you have any contacts or other suggestions, please contact me. It would also be extremely helpful if we can locate a living Chinese American WWII veteran so his/her story could be shared.
Our website, www.chinainsight.info, has been revamped so you can easily monitor the progress of this project.
As, always, thank you for your support and we hope you will get involved with the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans initiative.
Gregory J. Hugh