May 01, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C.?– Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of the history, the immeasurable contributions, and achievements of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community:

“Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Each year, the month of May is an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture, history, and traditions that the AANHPI community have brought to communities across America, including to the wonderfully diverse and vibrant East Bay. This month is also a time to recognize the gravity of threats—whether hate speech or racially motivated violence—facing the AANHPI community, and the toll this takes on their livelihoods. It is especially important that we uplift and recognize the endless value brought to this country by AANHPI members and stand in unwavering solidarity with the AANHPI community.

“I look forward to honoring the diverse heritage and unending contributions of the AANHPIcommunity this month and continuing the fight for justice and equality for all Americans.”


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.