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Often our past history dictates the present-day actions to accomplish where we want to be in the future.

  • Norman Minetta's career started in 1971 and on July 21, 2000 was confirmed as being the first Asian American to hold a Cabinet Post - a historical highlight and hopefully the start of Asian Americans to attain "first class citizenship."

  • In 1790, the "Naturalization Act" stated that only "free white persons" can become U.S. citizens.

  • In 1989, Patrick Purdy killed five Southeast Asian children before shooting himself.

  • Starting in 1907 to 1933, Filipino "nationals," neither citizens nor aliens, numbered 118, 436 - seven out of ten percent of Hawaii plantation workers. Later, they joined other exploited Asian workders in striking in 1920 & 1924.

  • In 1996, Gary Locke became the first Asian American governor on the mainland.

  • Vietnamese are allowed to immigrate to the United States legally in 1980.

  • In 1997, Bill Lann Lee, whose parents were Chinese immigrants, was appointed to the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the highest civil rights position in the federal government.

  • In 1894, U.S. circuit court in Massachusetts declares in "that Japanese are ineligible for naturalization" because he is neither white nor black.

  • 1872, California's Civil Procedure Code finally drops the law barring Chinese court testimony.

  • In 1891, Pyon Su was the first Korean to graduate from a U.S. college (Uni. of Maryland).

  • In 1869, the first trancontinental railroad was completed in 6 months with hired Chinese immigrants building 1,800 miles of tracks from the West and declared as the "greatest engineering feat of the 19th Century." It has been reported that a few thousand Chinese immigrants gave their lives during the construction.

  • Refugee camp used for Southeast Asians receiving center opened in 1975.

  • David Henry Hwang wins a Tony for M.Butterfly in 1989. In 2001, he is "updating" Flower Drum Song to be performed at L.A.'s Music Center.

  • In 1971, the star of Ms. Saigon (Lea Salonga) was born.

  • Philip Ahn was born in 1911 and was the first Asian American actor to be inscribed in the Hollywood "Walk of Fame."

  • In 1983, this Asian Indian American was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their finding in the physical processes of the structure and evolution of stars.

  • In 1858, California passed a law to bar entry of Chinese and "Mongolians."

  • Angel Island opened on June 22, 1910. Stated purpose was to prevent escape by the immigrants, to isolate those with possible contagious diseases, barbed wire fence to prvent escapes and to keep the immigrants from communicating with the Chinese outside the station prior to admittance to the United States.

OUR GOALS
This section's purpose is to provide:
OPPORTUNITY
to discover more about the dreams of US Asians / Asian Pacific Americans
UNDERSTANDING
our reasons for our fears and our hope for our future and
UNCOVERING
little known historical information that are not often illustrated in today's books

APA & MEDIA NEWS
NORMAN MINETA IS CONFIRMED!
Norman Mineta became the first Asian-American cabinet member after the Senate unanimously approved his nomination to be the new Commerce Secretary, the Commerce Department said on Friday: July 21, 2000!

TIGER VS. SAG
SAG promised it will bring
Tiger Woods before a trial board for violating union rules. Click HERE for more details.

MARGARET CHO FILM:
Roger Ebert gives Margaret's movie a "Thumbs Up" this weekend on his show! Tune in and see some clips from the movie. Click HERE to find out the airtime and date!

WEN HO LEE ACCUSER
Norta Trulock III had his home computer equipment seized by the FBI following allegations by the CIA and other federal agencies that Trulock attempted to publish an article containing classfied information.

JOSEPH PARK STEPS DOWN:
Kozmo.com's co-founder Joseph Park has given up his CEO title but will remain chairman of the board. Action designed to boost the company's delayed IPO odds.

NAACP SUPPORTS "AA" ICEBOX.COM PROTESTS:
Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) today announced support of the protest by the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC) and the Asian American Media Coalition of the web based cartoon "Mr. Wong" produced by Icebox.com.

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