APAICS mourns the loss of Former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of the 41st President George H. W. Bush, who passed away Tuesday night at the age of 92 in her Houston home. She was surrounded by family and loved ones.
Mrs. Bush was known as the Republican matriarch to the Bush family and admired as “everyone’s grandmother.”
Her memorable words as commencement speaker of Wellesley College in 1990 still ring true today, “Diversity, like anything worth having, requires effort. Effort to learn about and respect difference, to be compassionate with one another, to cherish our own identity, and to accept unconditionally the same in others,” as she urged her audience to not just tolerate, but to embrace diversity.
The Bush family has long inspired much of APAICS’ work building the AAPI political pipeline and a diverse government leadership. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. APAHM is now integral to the programming of APAICS every May.
Mrs. Bush will be remembered for her devotion to her nation and her family.
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.