WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2014) — Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement marking the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
“This month, we honor and celebrate the influence and contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent,” said Chairman Priebus. “During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have the opportunity to become more aware of the rich and diverse traditions of our Asian Pacific neighbors and friends. It is a chance for the country to recognize their impact on America and how they have enriched our culture. And as Chairman of the Republican Party, I’m particularly mindful of the impact of Asian American leaders in our party.
“At the same time, we must also remember the struggles and hardships Asian Americans have faced in the past and in the present—and work together to build a better future.”
“The generations of Asian and Pacific immigrants who have come to America were driven by the search for a better life,” said Co-Chairman Day. “They came from diverse background and different countries, and they spoke different languages, but theirs was a common pursuit: the American Dream. The United States is a more vibrant place because of them, and we honor that legacy when we re-dedicate ourselves to the defense of freedom and equal opportunity for all.”