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US launches project to promote Asian Americans

  • December 10, 2021
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US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Deputy Assistant to the President Erika Moritsugu made the announcement along with other officials on Thursday.

 

Tai is the first Asian American to serve as US trade representative. Moritsugu handles issues related to hate crimes against Asians at the White House.

 

They said the administration took the step in view of a spike in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans since the pandemic began.

 

They pointed out that some Asian Americans experience difficulty reporting a case to police or receiving sufficient public services due to their language barriers.

 

A total of 36 government entities, including the Department of Health and Human Services, are expected to take part.

Officials want to revise federal policies and services that are hard for Asian Americans to access and to promote understanding of various cultures, languages and histories through education.

 

The project is also tasked with collecting and analyzing information on racially-motivated violence and harassment in cooperation with state governments and other entities.

 

Project co-chair Tai said, “Those goals are so important given what our community has been through since the coronavirus pandemic began.” She stressed the importance of such action to advance equity, justice and opportunity.

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