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20,000 WWII Chinese American Veterans to Finally Receive Gold Medals

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Collection of Chinese American WWII Veterans photos brought in by their descendants are displayed at the American Legion in New York during a recent gathering. Photo by Shirley Lew

Due to the overwhelming support of veterans and members of Congress, President Trump has officially signed the Chinese American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act. The Act will make it possible for over 20,000 World War II Chinese American Veterans to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal is considered one of the highest civilian honors. Senators Mazie Hirono(D-HI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Rep Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA), introduced the bill which both the Senate and the House unanimously passed.

According to NBC News, the House passed the bill three days after the 75th anniversary of the Magnuson Act, which repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act. Despite facing discrimination and economic hardship, Chinese Americans prospered and built a life for themselves, believing in the American Dream. Over 20,000 Chinese American men and women enlisted into the military during the war to serve their country.

“The United States remains forever indebted to the bravery and sacrifice that the Chinese American veterans of World War II displayed,”
Big Island Now reported Rep. Royce saying.

“From the Flying Tigers, to their service in the Pacific and across Europe—these heroes answered the call of duty when our nation needed them the most and are worthy of recognition,” he said.

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“The president’s signature on this bill reaffirms this administration’s recognition of the contributions minorities make in protecting our nation,” the Department of Education said in a statement. The Gold Medal dedicated to Chinese American WWII veterans will be displayed in The Smithsonian Institute. They are also hoping to display the medal at other locations as well.

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  1. RE: 20,000 WWII Chinese American veterans to Finally Receive Gold Medals: “Because of the Magnuson Act, over 100,000 Chinese Americans were able to immigrate to the United States in 1941.” This is not factually correct. The Magnuson Act was in 1943 and it repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act, but placed a disproportionately low quota allowing only 105 entry visas for Chinese annually.

    • RE: 20,000 WWII Chinese American Veterans to Finally Receive Gold Medals: This is good news. Regretfully, my late father and father in law, both Chinese American WWII vets, are not here with us to receive the long overdue recognition.


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