Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Dr. Eric Saund
When Representative Dalip Saund took this card from his pocket and gave it to an admirer, he was conveying more than just his title. He was announcing that, for the first time, an Asian American was a voting Member of Congress. During his career in the House, at the height of the Cold War, Saund became something of a transcendent politician who had the singular ability to engage audiences abroad. Although he frequently encountered discrimination, Saund maintained his belief in the promises of American democracy.