CAPAC Members Hold Historic Meeting with President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Mar 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with fifteen commissioners from the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to discuss mutual priorities and address critical unmet needs in the AAPI community. The meeting was led by CAPAC Chairwoman Rep. Judy Chu and Commission Chair Daphne Kwok.

“Through this meeting between CAPAC and the Commission, we hope to strengthen our working relationship into a true collaborative partnership,” said Congresswoman Chu. “Together, we can make the federal government work better for AAPIs and all Americans by ensuring that the diverse voices of our community are heard at the highest levels of the Administration.”

The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is composed of a diverse group of AAPI community leaders from across the nation appointed by President Obama to work with all the agencies of the federal government to improve the health, education and economic status of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

“We’re working through every channel to make sure the unique needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are met,” said Kwok. “Both the Administration and Congress are working on important issues facing AAPIs. Our community’s voice is strongest when we’re able to work together.”

The discussion between the CAPAC Members and Commissioners covered a broad range of topics including language access issues, the need for improved data collection, and concerns about a growing climate of religious intolerance.
 

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.