Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently launched the Asian Pacific Congressional Advisory Council (APCAC). The working group made up of local leaders of Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese descent will meet with Chairman Royce on a regular basis to discuss federal issues of concern to the Asian American community in Southern California. Jane Wibowo is one of the Indonesian American members.
“As a representative of a vibrant Asian American community, meeting the needs of my constituents of Asian descent is a top priority. I’ve taken a leading role in the fight against educational discrimination towards Asian Americans and will further coordinate my efforts with APCAC. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I will continue to build stronger economic and cultural ties between the United States and Asian nations,” said Chairman Royce.
APCAC’s inaugural members include:
- Tony Cartegena of Walnut, CA
- Dr. Simon Chen of Placentia, CA
- Stan Kwak of Fullerton, CA
- Derrick Nguyen of Santa Ana, CA
- Tam Nguyen of Fountain Valley, CA
- Ho-El Park of Brea, CA
- Lucia Tam of San Marino, CA
- Jane Wibowo of West Covina, CA
In recognition of his work fighting against discrimination towards Asian Americans by top universities, Chairman Royce was recently awarded the “Champion of Equal Education Rights Award” by the Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE).
The President of the United States also signed legislation first authored by U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Chairman Royce to strike the offensive term “Oriental” from preexisting federal law and replace it with “Asian American.”