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Asian American Observance

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ryan lamberson

on 11 May 2016

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Transcript of Asian American Observance

At the beginning of WWII the United States had more than a quarter-million Asian-American residents.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor the Asian Americans were perceived as a threat thus resulting in President Roosevelt creating the War Relocation Authority.
Thousands were involuntarily moved to internment camps in 1942.
Ladda Tammy Duckworth
Born: 12 March 1968
Served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot in OIF
Lost both of her legs and damaged right arm in 2004 helicopter crash
Received a medical waiver and continued to serve in the Illinois NG as a LTC
Retired from the Army in 2014
Elected to congress in 2006
2012 was elected to the House of Representatives for Illinois
2014 was re-elected
This was the relocation of Asian Americans on the west coast which held 88% of all Asian American citizens.
80,000 of the 112,000 were second generation, American-born with U.S. citizenship.
127,000 living in U.S. and 112,000 resided on the West Coast.
The first disabled woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
The first member of Congress born in Thailand
The first Asian American woman elected to Illinois Congress
First female double amputee from the war
Decorations

Purple Heart
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal
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