Last week President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order that will continue to address concerns faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The Executive Order (first established by President Clinton and extended by President Bush until 2007) will create an Advisory Commission and a White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“We are heartened by President Obama’s signing of the executive order for the White House Initiative on AAPIs, which shows tremendous commitment to addressing the needs of the AAPI community, including better data collection and disaggregation, as well as increased and substantive access to federal agencies and programs,” said Kaya Program Director, Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, who was present for the signing.
Before the signing ceremony, President Obama also acknowledged the season of Diwali or the “festival of lights”, and reflected upon its significance to individuals in the United States and around the world. President Obama is the first American President to observe Diwali.
Text of the Executive Order can be found here.
Text of the President’s speech can be found here.
Footage of the signing ceremony can be found here.