On behalf of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
Senator Inouye has been an inspiration for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. From his service in the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team and his unparalleled heroism demonstrated in a battle that earned him the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor, to 50 years of leadership and exemplary service in the Senate as the highest-ranking AAPI politician, Senator Inouye demonstrated to all of us that anything is achievable in the United States of America. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he was a tireless advocate for AAPI issues and concerns, including protecting the rights of Filipino World War II Veterans and the sovereign rights of Native Hawaiians.
Senator Inouye dedicated his life to public service, and exemplified patriotism and citizenship. May we all follow his example of service to our country.
Daphne Kwok is the Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders