The 2023 AANHPI UNITY SUMMIT was successfully held in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, from September 25 to 27, 2023. This conference was organized by the Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC) on Capitol Hill. Mrs. Jan Xie, President of the Asian Cultural and Educational Society USA (ACAESUSA) and Secretary of AAUC, led ACAESUSA team to attend this conference.
Several distinguished individuals received well-deserved recognition for their outstanding contributions:
US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi was honored with the Dilip Singh Saund Political Leadership Award.
US Rep. Grace Meng received the Norman Mineta Public Service Award.
Dr. Romesh Japra was celebrated with the Community Service Award.
Mr. C. C. Yin was acknowledged as Philanthropist of the Year.
Ms. Tammalivis Salanoa presented with the President’s Award for Young Asian Pacific Island American.
Ms. Jessica Wu from Highland Park High School received the President’s Special Award for Youth.
The hard work of the organizing team, led by Dr.Lo, President of the Asian American Unity Coalition, was instrumental in the success of the conference. The event garnered significant support from various dignitaries, including Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, Congresswoman Grace Meng from New York, Congresswoman Judy Chu from California, Congressman Sri Tanada from Michigan, and numerous House and Senate staffers who attended the Capitol Hill reception.
A small delegation from the conference attended a White House briefing in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. During the briefing, they established connections with senior administration officials and explored opportunities for future collaborations, demonstrating the government's concern for Asian and Pacific Islander communities.Jan Xie emphasized the contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States and expressed her wish to stop Asian hate. Chinese Americans are not spies in the U.S., nor are they the COVID19 Virus; Chinese Americans work hard in the U.S. and contribute to the U.S., not come to get U.S. benefit without working for it.