In recognition of his work on U.S.-Asia relations and advocacy for the Asian American community, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) has been awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the International Leadership Foundation (ILF).
“Our country is a rich tapestry of cultural backgrounds and Asian Americans make up a vibrant part of the American story. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, establishing strong ties between the United States and Asia has been my focus. This relationship will be the defining partnership of the 21st century. At home, I’ve lead the fight against alleged discrimination by elite universities towards qualified Asian Americans. I look forward to continuing to work with the ILF as a strong advocate for the Asian-American community,” said Chairman Royce.
“Every year, ILF recognizes truly remarkable individuals and organizations at the annual ILF Awards Gala. They are selected not only because of their tremendous professional achievements, but also for their dedication to the improvement of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Chiling Tong, Founder and CEO of the ILF.
As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman Royce has made improving relations with Asia a priority for the United States Congress. He has led multiple bipartisan Congressional delegations to Taiwan, China,South Korea, and India, and is a vocal proponent of U.S. economic engagement in Asia.
Last year, Chairman Royce sent a letter to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in support of the Asian American Coalition for Education’s (AACE) complaint against Harvard University alleging systemic discrimination by the admissions council towards Asian American applicants. Chairman Royce asked both Departments to thoroughly investigate the allegations. AACE, which is made up of over 100 civic groups representing the Asian American community, plans to file a similar joint complaint against Yale University, Brown University, and Dartmouth College with Chairman Royce’s support.
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.”