Asian Americans Call for Japanese Apology

Bay City News Wire reports:

A group of Asian Americans were calling on the community and elected officials today to help lobby the Japanese government into an apology for the forced prostitution it forced on Asian women before and during World War II.

Members of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia, the Chinese Americans for Democracy in Taiwan and others met in a Chinese restaurant today to encourage support for House Resolution 121, introduced by Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose).

Some group members said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo/San Francisco) have been giving them the runaround, according to Ignatius Ding, Executive Vice President of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia.

Members of the group, several of whom are donors to the Democratic and Republican parties, expressed concern that they are used for fundraising purposes but when it comes to action they are left out.

Chang and Ding also suggested that if Lantos, who represents a district that is 33 percent Asian-American, can't communicate with them, than perhaps it's time for new representation.


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