Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

President Clinton signing legislation designating the United States Post Office in Chino Hills, California, as the 'Joseph Ileto Post Office'.
On April 14, 2000 President Clinton signed legislation designating the United States Post Office in Chino Hills, California, as the "Joseph Ileto Post Office". Joseph Ileto was a Filipino American postal worker who was killed by a gunman simply because he was an Asian American who worked for his country's government. In his bill signing statement the President said, " It is a fitting tribute to the life and memory of Mr. Ileto that we name this post office in his honor. During the last year, we have all been shaken by violent acts like the murder of Joseph Ileto, act that strike at the very values that define us as a nation. Now is the time for us to take strong and decisive action to fight hate crimes."

The President and First Lady with Filipino veterans.
On December 14, 1999, the President signed into law legislation which provides a special monthly cash benefit to Filipino veterans who served under the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, if they were eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and later choose to move outside the United States. Previsouly, Filipino veterans who were eligible to receive SSI benefits would lose them if they were to return to the Philippines. Pictured above are the Filipino veterans and community leaders who were present for the bill signing ceremony.

Presidetn Clinton with Chinese Americans in the Oval Office.
President Clinton recognized the contributions of Chinese Americans during World War II during a meeting in the Oval Office with Eleven Chinese American World War II veterans and civilian volunteers. The White House visit on October 25, 1999, coincided with premiere of a Documentary "We Served With Pride: The Chinese American Experience in World War II," which features the experiences of 26 Chinese Americans during World War II. During the meeting, President Clinton thanked the veterans and civilian volunteers for their service to this country and their contributions to freedom and democracy throughout the world. The President also took this opportunity to recognize the many contributions of Chinese Americans throughout our nation's history.


Vice President's Asian Pacific American Month Message
Asian Pacific Americans in the Clinton Administration
President's Trip to South Asia Issues Photo Gallery


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