OCA Celebrates Chinese-American WWII Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Senior Communications Associate

tnguyen@ocanational.org | 202.223.5500

Washington, DC – On Thursday, December 20, 2018, President Trump signed S. 1050, the “Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act,” into law. This orders for the creation and awarding of a Congressional gold medal for the collective Chinese-Americans who served for the United States in World War II. 

The bill was introduced to the Senate by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Illl) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and passed in September. It was then passed in the House on December 12thbefore being signed this week by the President. Efforts to get this bill signed were led by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), and supported by Chinese American communities across the nation. 

“This recognition is very timely, following the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Acts,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Over 20,000 Chinese-Americans served their nation and sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedom. Although many of the veterans are no longer with us, it is still poignant that they have been recognized by their country for their service. OCA applauds the efforts of CACA and thanks all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who continue to serve their country today.”