May 5, 2016
Contact: Kelsey Crow
President Obama Reflects on Progress for Asian American and Pacific Islander Community at APAICS 22nd Annual Awards Gala Dinner
WASHINGTON –President Obama spoke at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ (APAICS) 22nd Annual Gala Awards Dinner last night. Introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), the President highlighted his Administration’s efforts and successes on behalf of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, saying “We can be proud of our individual heritage and we can be fighting every single day for the democratic values and pluralism that allows us to all live together.” Full video and a transcript of his remarks are available.
The President previously gave the keynote address in 2012 at the APAICS 18th Annual Gala Awards Dinner, in which he focused on addressing disparities faced by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. A link to his 2012 remarks is here.
Last night’s program recognized individuals and organizations for their contributions to the empowerment and advancement of Asian American and Pacific Islander community: Congressman Xavier Becerra — Lifetime Achievement Award; Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang — Vision Award; and Toyota — Corporate Achievement Award.
Actor Parvesh Cheena and Actress Sonal Shah served as the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.