18. June 2012 17:46
Dear APAPA Friends:
Great news! The House of Representatives finally passed the Resolution 683 (the modified version of Res 282) on June 18, 2012. Since the Senate has passed the companion resolution Res 201 on October 6, 2011, this means that the Congress has formally expressed regret for the passage of anti-Chinese laws during the late 19th century. It is only a small step toward our goal: empowering API Americans. But it is a big achievement for the future generations of Chinese Americans.
English political theorist Algernon Sidney said, "God helps those who help themselves." Chinese Americans gained their dignity this time by working hard together on the 1882 Project. The 1882 Project Committee of APAPA is proud to be an integral part of this process. We fully support the project to assure that civil rights and fundamental American principles are affirmed for every ethnic group.
Without your devotion the 1882 Project could not have reached to this step. On behalf of the 1882 Project Committee of APAPA, we greatly appreciate the leadership of CC, Maeley and all advisors. Special thanks are extended to Don Sun, Joel Wong, and all team members. We also appreciate the support of Amy Tong (Vice Chair), Lucy Oback (President) and members of APAPA's Executive Committee.
More than a century ago, our country left a blot in history by passing a series of anti-Chinese laws. Ironically, at almost the same time, the French political thinker, Alexis de Tocqueville, observed America and wrote: "America is great because she is good-and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Today, we witnessed that America does not cease to be good and is great. All Americans should learn lessons from this part of history and make the USA always great.
Ching-Lin Chen, Dr.Eng., P.E.
On behalf of the 1882 Project Committee of APAPA Honorary Chairs:
C. C. Yin
Ching-Lin Chen - Chair
Don Sun - Vice Chair