San Francisco - Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) congratulates Srikanth "Sri" Srinivasan on his confirmation as a judge on the nation's second-highest court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and applauds the U.S. Senate for his unanimous confirmation. Mr. Srinivasan is the first South Asian American federal appellate court judge in the history of the United States and is considered one of the best three or four Supreme Court advocates in the country.
Over 500 people gathered in an elegantly adorned venue, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles on September 27, 2012 for the 16th Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet of the Chinese American Museum (CAM).
(Caption: front row, l. to r., Melanie Chan, president of San Francisco Lodge; Carolyn H. Chan, Grand President; Esther Louie Henry; Hon. Judy Chu; Dr. Munson Kwok, CAM Historymakers banquet chair. Back Row, l. to r., Al H. Soo-Hoo, president, CAM Board of Directors; Edward Yu, president of Oakland Lodge; Dr. James Bok Wong, president of Los Angeles Lodge)
The Chinese American Museum’s Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet represents the vision of pioneers, dedication of volunteers, and continuous community collaboration over the years since its inception in 1997. Prominently recognized as one of the premiere Chinese American events in Southern California, the banquet honors the achievements of extraordinary individuals and groups who have made significant impact or lasting contributions towards the advancement of the Chinese American community and beyond.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–The Chinese American Citizens Alliance remains deeply troubled and disturbed at the denial of justice for Marine Lance Corporal Harry Lew and Army Pvt. Danny Chen, who were both pushed to commit suicide as a result of severe and humiliating hazing at the hands of fellow military personnel. The recent military trials of those involved have yielded “Not Guilty” verdicts signifying that hazing in the military is not only accepted and condoned, but also deeply imbedded in the military culture.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance condemns the campaign ad broadcast over Michigan stations during the Super Bowl this past Sunday by U. S. Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra. The ad depicts an Asian woman pedaling her bicycle down a dirt road surrounded by rice fields with Chinese instruments comprising the soundtrack. As she speaks in broken English, the Asian actor, complete with a cone, straw hat, boastfully gloats to the audience that the strong economy in China due to our insatiable appetite for debt is the reason for our weak economy and the loss of American jobs.
DECEMBER 7, 2011 - Today our nation observes the 70th anniversary of the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War II. We pay tribute to our American citizen soldiers of all ethnicities for their bravery, sacrifice, and loyalty who fought to protect our freedom in that war.
Despite their loyalty being questioned and families separated by placement in internment camps, young Japanese Americans who enlisted in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. They fought in the European theater and became the most highly decorated unit in military history.
To help with the effort, many Chinese Americans either volunteered or were drafted during World II to fight in Europe and support the war efforts in China. We are proud to say that at one time membership of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance was comprised of veterans, like those of World War II.
Our grateful nation expresses our sincerest gratitude to every military veteran and their families for their sacrifice and service as we became a united nation. You are all truly our HEROES!.
Carolyn H. Chan
San Francisco, CA, Wednesday, November 2, 2011—The Chinese American Citizens Alliance salutes the courageous and proud Japanese American veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service on being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their tenacious service during World War II. During ceremonies on Capitol Hill Wednesday to pay tribute to the surviving Nisei, second generation Japanese Americans, each earned what is considered, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United
SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Chinese American Citizens Alliance praises the bipartisan passage of Senate Resolution 201, which addresses the passage of discriminatory laws against the Chinese in America, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. While these laws were repealed in 1943 to strengthen the alliance between the United States and China during World War II; until Thursday, October 6, Congress had never formally acknowledged or expressed regret for the pain and suffering endured by Chinese immigrants and their American descendants as a result of the discriminatory laws.
Senate Resolution 201 was passed by unanimous consent. The primary sponsor, Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) acted on the same convictions and beliefs of his predecessor, Senator George Hoar, who held that exclusion and racism had no place in America. Senator Hoar opposed the Exclusion Laws from the beginning and, despite tremendous popular pressure, he cast the single vote in the Senate opposing their permanent extension in 1904.
HOUSTON, TEXAS---The 51st Biennial National Convention earned the accolade of being the smoothest, friendliest, and most productive convention. Months later, the “glow” seems to be still “on,” as no one can pin down anything to remember on the negative side. The tribute goes to the excellent Houston Lodge team, ably captained by Sis. Dorothy Chow, chair of the host committee, and Lodge led by current president Linda Wu. Not a detail seemed missing as Houston revisited many of the traditions of the convention such as the dinner/dance, with the dance started on time, well run hospitality in the hotel Presidential Suite with all the apples you could eat, and the C.A.C.A. Song, authored by Houston Bro. Parker Gee. Key to the happiness of out-of-towners was the extra mile (literally) that the Houston transportation team went, to receive every plane and send everyone off at the end. This “mission accomplished” organized by Bro. Daniel Chow was no mean feat, when one realizes that Houston has two international airports each 25 miles from the convention site and a fleet of hired vans and cars had to be coordinated. The Texas weather even cooperated by dipping from triple digits to double digits temperature just for the four days.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Grand President Carolyn H. Chan issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Matt Fong, former State Treasurer of California, after his courageous battle with skin cancer.
Washington, DC– Chinese American Citizens Alliance applauds the bipartisan introductions of H. Res. 282 and S. Res. 201, expressing regret for the passage of discriminatory laws against the Chinese in America, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The passage of this Act marked the first time in our nation’s history that Congress expressly singled out a group of immigrants for denial of citizenship rights.