Texas Democrats Celebrate the Start of AAPI Heritage Month

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the start of AAPI Heritage Month:

“This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and AAPI Texans, both past and present, who have made tremendous contributions to our communities and our state.

“Texas would not be Texas without the contributions of AAPI communities. Generation after generation, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have shaped our state, and our country, for the better — often without the recognition they deserve. Today, AAPI Texans are making our state proud in nearly every industry — whether public service and community leadership, arts and entertainment, business, athletics, research, and more. AAPI organizers and advocates are playing a core role in the fight for a more just Texas, and thanks to their leadership, we are making strides toward a better future for all Texans.

“Over the last year, we’ve witnessed the growing economic and political power of Asian Americans across the country. AAPI voter turnout in the 2020 election obliterated past records, with a staggering 47 percent increase in voter turnout nationwide. The AAPI community is one of the fastest growing communities in Texas, and AAPI Texans are making their voices heard, wielding their organizing and legislative power, and pushing for key change in Texas and beyond.

“This past year has been a difficult one for many people in our AAPI communities. We’ve seen violent acts of hate that have caused fear, pain, and suffering for far too many Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic — fueled in large part by the racist rhetoric of Republican politicians. Less than two months ago, our country grieved as a domestic terror attack took the lives of six Asian American women in Atlanta. In the aftermath, people across the country are coming together to say, “enough.” Democrats will continue to fight anti-Asian hate, including thanks to State Rep. Gene Wu’s leadership on HCR 66, a resolution in the Texas Legislature to combat anti-Asian racism.

“Today, and throughout AAPI Heritage Month, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the AAPI history that is woven into the story of our state — and to celebrate the many landmark achievements of AAPI Texans. Let’s continue to fight hate, celebrate our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and work to build a better Texas for all of us.”