Rep. Johnson Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
In these trying times it is often difficult to find a bright spot, but Asian & Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Heritage Month give us the chance to do just that.
I am proud to represent more than 38,000 AAPI residents who call Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District home. During the month of May and beyond, we celebrate our vibrant Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and acknowledge the significant contributions they make to our society. It is also a time when we double down on our strongly held belief: That there is no place for hate in this modern era, in our precious American society.
Voices from the Trump Administration that call the COVID-19 pandemic the “Chinese Virus” and other false racial claims are designed to stoke hatred and to feed the differences between us, rather than bring us together.
This month let’s come together to lift one another up, not put each other down or cast blame on our fellow humans. Let’s take pride in all the ways our nation’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have contributed to our country, and how they’re helping us move through this pandemic as first responders and essential services providers.
To the Chinese railroad workers who built our nation’s first transcontinental railroad, to trailblazers like Dalip Singh Saund, the first Asian American ever elected to the U.S. Congress, to the millions of AAPI health care providers and to essential workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, we say: Thank you.
In Congress and in my district, I will continue to champion issues that protect and expand the American dream for AAPIs and all Americans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when standing up to ensure relief for AAPI small businesses and protecting immigrant families is all-the-more critical.
I am proud to join AAPIs in my district and across this nation to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.