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Thursday, December 09, 2021

NATIONAL ACE COMMENDS LAUNCH OF WHIAANHPI AND EFFORTS TO DISAGGREGATE DATA ON AANHPIs

 NATIONAL ACE COMMENDS LAUNCH OF WHIAANHPI AND EFFORTS TO DISAGGREGATE DATA ON AANHPIs

[December 9, 2021, WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, the Biden-Harris Administration relaunched the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI). The National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) applauds the relaunch of the Initiative and the naming of HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai as co-chairs. Krystal Ka’ai, a longtime advocate for the AANHPI community, will lead the Initiative as its first Native Hawaiian Executive Director. 

“Our business community continues to face many challenges. AANHPI small business owners have battled both COVID-19 and a sharp spike in discrimination and violence. The relaunch of WHIAANHPI will play a significant role in protecting our community, allowing our small businesses to operate safely, and creating prosperity,” said National ACE CEO/President Chiling Tong. “Too often, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians are seen as a monolith. WHIAANHPI’s commitment to disaggregate data on AANHPIs will reveal the unmet needs of our community so we can find solutions. National ACE looks forward to working with WHIAANHPI to advance solutions that will help our economy move forward.”

The Initiative is designed to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in the United States by connecting the AANHPI community to much-needed federal grants, programs, and resources. 

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