‘We support, honor and thank you’: Biden shares gratitude to Fil-Am community for Filipino American History Month
- President Joe Biden and the first lady recognized the contributions and heritage of Filipino Americans in celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) this October.
- The Filipino American National Historical Society themed this year’s commemoration as “Celebrating Our History and Legacies: 50 Years of Filipino-American Studies, 40 Years of the Filipino-American National Historical Society and 30 years of Filipino-American History Month.”
- “We support, honor, and thank you for all you have done to help fulfill the promise of America for all of us,” Biden tweeted.
President Joe Biden expressed his gratitude to the Filipino American community in celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) this October.
On Sunday, Biden and the first lady recognized the contributions and heritage of Filipino Americans.
- U.S. President Joe Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) released its inaugural report and held its third public meeting this week.
- The inaugural report, which was sent to Biden on Aug. 24, presents more than a dozen recommendations in six key areas: (1) belonging, inclusion, anti-Asian hate and anti-discrimination; (2) health equity; (3) immigration and citizenship status; (4) language access; (5) data disaggregation and (6) economic equity.
- The third public meeting, which was held on Wednesday, saw the 25-member commission discuss full and draft recommendations.
- Co-chaired by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, the commission is tasked with advising the president on how the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity, justice and opportunity for AANHPI communities.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) released its inaugural report and held its third public meeting this week.
Launched last December under Executive Order 14031, the 25-member commission is tasked with advising the president on how the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity, justice and opportunity for AANHPI communities. It is co-chaired by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai.
- Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician at George Washington University, agreed with President Joe Biden’s comment that “The pandemic is over” in her Washington Post op-ed on Monday.
- “We’re still doing a lot of work on it ... but the pandemic is over,” the president told CBS’ “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley on Sunday. “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”
- After his comment, The Washington Post published an editorial the following day contradicting Biden’s remarks: “The pandemic is still raging — in the sense that a dangerous virus is infecting, sickening and killing people, mutating to survive and haunting the globe. The pandemic has shifted — and normalcy has returned in many ways — but it is not over.”
- Wen, an advocate of the COVID-19 vaccine and a Washington Post columnist, agreed with Biden’s statement, writing, “He’s right. By multiple definitions, the pandemic is over.”
Dr. Leana Wen agreed with President Joe Biden’s assertion that the pandemic “is over” in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.
In a CBS’ “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday, Biden discussed the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. with correspondent Scott Pelley.
- In a “60 Minutes” interview, President Joe Biden was asked whether U.S. Forces would defend Taiwan, to which Biden answered with an unfaltering “yes.”
- However, the president’s response differs from the official statement given by the White House, which maintains “strategic ambiguity” towards Taiwan.
- In response to Biden's interview, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated that the U.S. should “fully understand the extremely important and highly sensitive nature of the Taiwan question and abide by the one China principle.”
- Taiwan also responded by expressing, “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) extends its sincere appreciation to President Biden for once again emphasizing the staunch and rock-solid US security commitment to Taiwan.”
President Joe Biden declared in a television interview that U.S. armed forces will defend Taiwan in case of an unprecedented invasion by China, contradicting official U.S. policy.
In a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday night, Biden was asked about Taiwan and China by CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley, “What should Chinese President Xi know about your commitment to Taiwan?”
- President Joe Biden met several hate crime survivors and the relatives of mass shooting victims during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
- Among those invited was Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent attack in New York City on March 29, 2021.
- Kari's daughter, Elizabeth, founded AAP(I belong) following the incident. The nonprofit organization was established as a “place to share stories and words of encouragement from those who have encountered anti-Asian hatred.”
- “As President Biden and his administration are calling for an end to hate fueled violence in our country, they had asked my mom to join a panel to share her story as a survivor and her thoughts of how we can overcome hate,” Elizabeth wrote in AAP(I belong)’s recent Instagram post.
President Joe Biden recently met several hate crime survivors – including Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent incident in New York City – during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
The recent summit was hosted to “counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety” and honor “the resilience of communities who are healing from hateful attacks, including mass shootings, from Oak Creek to Orlando, Charleston, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, and beyond,” the White House said.
- U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that strengthens a regulatory committee’s powers to oversee foreign investments in the U.S.
- The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which was established in 1975, is now tasked with expanding its areas of review and ensuring its responsiveness to “evolving national security threats.”
- The order directs CFIUS to review the sectors of microelectronics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and biomanufacturing, quantum computing, advanced clean energy and climate adaptation technologies, which all happen to be areas of focus in China’s “Made in China 2025” plan.
- It also instructs the committee to review cybersecurity risks posed by foreign investments that may threaten national security.
- The order marks the first time since the establishment of CFIUS that a president has laid out risks that the committee must consider across transactions.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that fortifies a regulatory committee’s powers to screen foreign investments in the U.S., many of which included Chinese shares in tech in recent years.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which was established in 1975 under the Ford administration, is now tasked with expanding its areas of review, as well as regularly evaluating its processes, practices and regulations to ensure that they “remain responsive to evolving national security threats.”
- The Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys with a sample of 1,000 registered voters from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31.
- According to the poll, nine in 10 Black Americans (89%) and about seven in 10 Hispanic Americans (72%) and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) support the forgiveness plan.
- Of those surveyed, 69% of AAPI supported the plan, 26% opposed and 5% answered “not sure.”
- The plan also earned 56% support from those who have already paid off their student loan debt and 52% of those who never had student loan debt.
A poll revealed that three in five Americans support Biden’s student loan relief plan.
The Biden administration previously announced a three-part plan to cancel up to $10,000 of student loan debt for borrowers with annual incomes under $125,000. The proposal has divided Democrats and Republicans, who have since voiced their support or criticism.
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters says ‘Taiwan is part of China,’ dismisses abuse of Uyghurs as ‘nonsense’ in interview
- During a recent interview, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters doubled down on calling U.S. President Joe Biden a “war criminal” and defended Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's territorial claim over Taiwan.
- During Waters’ “This Is Not a Drill Tour” tour, Biden’s image was shown on giant screens with the message: "War criminal. Just getting started."
- When CNN reporter Michael Smerconish asked about the display, Waters replied: "President Joe Biden? Well, he's fuelling the fire in Ukraine for a start, and that is a huge crime. Why won't the United States of America encourage Zelensky to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war?"
- When Smerconish also brought up China’s recent military actions in Taiwan, Waters said: “Taiwan is part of China. That has been absolutely accepted by the whole of [sic] international community since 1948.”
- Waters then asked, “Who have the Chinese invaded and slaughtered?” When the reporter responded, “Their own,” Waters dismissed it as “nonsense.”
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters criticized U.S. President Joe Biden and defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s claim over Taiwan in a recent interview.
The English musician did not mince words as he responded to questions posed by CNN reporter Michael Smerconish about labeling Biden a war criminal during his “This Is Not a Drill Tour” concerts.
- President Biden’s approval rating among Asian Americans have witnessed a major drop, plummeting from 72% to 44% in the past year.
- In a poll conducted from June 27 to July 4 by the Pew Research Center, U.S. adults were asked whether they approve or disapprove of the President’s job performance.
- Out of the Asian Americans surveyed, 55% in total responded that they disapprove: 25% responded “strongly disapprove” and 30% responded “somewhat disapprove.”
- In contrast, 44% in total answered that they approve, with 15% responding “strongly approve” and 29% “somewhat approve.”
- The Republican National Committee posted in a blog yesterday that “100 days from November’s midterm elections, AAPI voters are leaving the Democrat Party as they blame historic inflation, rising crime, aand discrimination in education on Joe Biden’s radical agenda.”
President Biden’s approval rating plummeted among Asian Americans 72% to 44% over the past year.
In a poll conducted from June 27 to July 4 by the Pew Research Center, U.S. adults were asked whether they approve or disapprove of the president’s job performance.
- President Joe Biden was given the honorary Korean name of “Bae Ji-sung” on Monday during a weeklong event marking the 69th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
- The Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. Alliance Friendship Association explained that the surname “Bae” originates from Pyeongtaek, a city located approximately 37 miles south of Seoul and home to a majority of the 28,500 U.S. forces in Korea.
- Meanwhile, the first name “Ji-sung” means territory and star, respectively.
- The name was presented to Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to the president and National Security Council coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, who accepted the honor on behalf of Biden.
- Former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump were given the names of “Oh Han-ma” and “Woo Dae-il,” respectively.
President Joe Biden was given the honorary Korean name of “Bae Ji-sung” on Monday during a weeklong event marking the 69th anniversary of the end of the Korean War (1950-1953), in which the U.S. aided South Korea and its troops against the North.
The Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. Alliance Friendship Association stated, “We, the ROK-U.S. Alliance Friendship Association, are honored to announce and grant U.S. President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. a Korean name. His name will be Bae Ji-sung.”
Biden awards Medal of Honor to previously overlooked Vietnam War vets, including two Asian Americans
- On Tuesday, President Joe Biden awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor to a group of Vietnam War veterans, including two Asian Americans, who may have been overlooked due to discrimination.
- The highest U.S. military award was given to Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro, Spc. 5 Dennis M. Fujii, Spc. 5 Dwight W. Birdwell and retired Maj. John J. Duffy.
- “Today we’re setting the record straight,” Biden said during the ceremony. “We’re upgrading the awards of four soldiers who performed acts of incredible heroism during the Vietnam conflict.”
- The awarding comes after Congress ordered a review into the military service of Asian Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders left unrecognized because of prejudice.
President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Honor to a group of Vietnam War veterans, including two Asian Americans, who may have been overlooked due to discrimination.
On Tuesday, Biden gave the highest U.S. military award to Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro, Spc. 5 Dennis M. Fujii, Spc. 5 Dwight W. Birdwell and retired Maj. John J. Duffy.
- President Joe Biden officially signed the “Commission To Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act” into law on Monday.
- “It's about time for a national museum to capture the courage, the character, the imagination and maybe, from my perspective, looking at it from a little bit from a distance, the dreams and the heart and the soul of the generations of our fellow Americans that came before you,” Biden said.
- Proposed by Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6) as a bill in Congress last year, the initiative will set up a commission dedicated to reviewing the potential costs of the proposed museum dedicated to the AAPI community.
- “I am ecstatic & overjoyed at this historic moment & honored & proud to have championed this crucial effort, especially after fighting for this legislation in Congress over the past 7 years. Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders have shaped our nation since its founding,” Meng wrote in a Twitter thread.
- Vice President Kamala Harris similarly highlighted the bill’s importance, noting that teaching AAPI history will “help all of us as Americans understand where we come from, and to teach this history is to help us understand who we are.”
On Monday, President Joe Biden officially signed a bill seeking to create a commission to study the feasibility of a museum dedicated to the AAPI community.
Upon signing the “Commission To Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act,” or H.R. 3525, into law, Biden proclaimed that generations of AAPI individuals “have literally shaped the history and the contours of this country.”