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Rep. Waters Welcomes the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to Los Angeles

May 24, 2019
Press Release
Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) joined with the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), and Reps. Mark Takano (CA-41), Doris Matsui (CA-6), and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) to welcome the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to Los Angeles. The event, which was held at the City Market Social House, celebrated the rich history and contributions of the more than 20 million Asian Pacific Americans who currently reside in the United States. The event took place during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and followed the 25th anniversary celebration of CAPAC, of which Rep. Waters is a longstanding member. Her statement follows:  

“It is with tremendous pride and joy that I join my colleagues in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in Los Angeles. CAPAC is one of the most significant bipartisan and bicameral caucuses in the U.S. Congress, and I consider it a privilege to be a longstanding member of this caucus. Since 1994, CAPAC has remained committed to the goals of passing legislation that reflects the concerns and needs of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities; educating other Members of Congress about the history, contributions, and concerns of the AAPI community; and working work with other Members and Caucuses to protect and advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. On this, the 25th anniversary of our founding, we remain ever-committed to this cause.

“As the proud representative of California’s 43rd Congressional District, I have a profound appreciation and understanding of the contributions that the Asian Pacific American community makes to our vibrant national identity. The United States is strengthened by the AAPI community, whose rich history and achievements are deeply woven into the diverse fabric of our nation. I am so pleased that the 116th U.S. Congress is more reflective of that diversity than ever before, with a record 20 Asian American, Indian American, or Pacific Islander American Members of Congress.

“In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, may we continue to reflect on the achievements and contributions of the AAPI community, and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the unique concerns of the AAPI community are at the forefront of the legislative agenda.”

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