Breaking Barriers: Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Congress
Explore these sample topics of Asian Pacific Islander Americans breaking barriers in Congress. For more, visit the Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Congress exhibition.
Japanese Internment Redress
"From Exclusion to Inclusion, 1941–1992: Long Road to Redress"
An essay detailing the passage of comprehensive pieces of legislation apologizing for Japanese internment and compensating its victims.
Japanese Internment Bill
The record that bolstered President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 to evacuate persons of Japanese descent.
House Select Committee Investigates Japanese Evacuation and Relocation
A blog detailing the House investigation of how to evacuate persons of Japanese descent into “military zones.”
Oral History: “Compensation for Those Who Were Interned”
Representative Patricia Saiki provided a behind-the-scenes account of her efforts to convince her colleagues to support the Civil Liberties Act of 1988
"Exclusion and Empire, 1898–1941: The Philippines, 1898–1946"
An essay covering the nearly 50-year American presence in the Philippines, from capturing the islands to independence.
A collection of biographies of all the Philippine Resident Commissioners.
Philippine Resident Commissioner Joaquin Miquel “Mike” Elizalde Resigns from the House
A historical highlight detailing the career of Resident Commissioner Elizalde.
Philippine Resident Commissioner Takes Oath
A photo of Carlos Romulo, the final Resident Commissioner from the Philippines, being sworn in by Speaker Sam Rayburn.
Featured U.S. Representatives and Delegates
Robert Wilcox of Hawaii
Delegate Wilcox was the first Delegate from Hawaii and the first Asian Pacific American elected to Congress.
Dalip Saund of California
Representative Saund was the first Asian Pacific Islander American elected to the House.
Patsy Mink of Hawaii
Representative Mink was the first woman of color and the first Asian Pacific American woman elected to Congress.
Norman Mineta of California
Representative Mineta was a Representative from California, Mineta was imprisoned by the United States government during Japanese Internment.
Featured Objects and Records