Today, the White House released a video message from President Obama welcoming the Lunar New Year:
Echoing the President’s message, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs send our best wishes to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year.
During this time, we reflect on the strength and diversity of the AAPI community and its contributions to the very fabric of this great nation. This is a time to remind ourselves that we are a nation of immigrants, who have contributed not only rich cultures and traditions, but also perseverance and shared hope in helping build this country for future generations.
Our shared AAPI heritage spans from immigrants to refugees to native people. Through hard work and perseverance, AAPIs have contributed to this country as business owners, students, laborers, educators, and workers from all fields.
We are built on the belief that in this great country, anyone can make it if they try. That’s why it is more important than ever that we reform our broken immigration system to one that expands voices and opportunities for all.
Whether you are celebrating the Year of the Ram, the Year of the Sheep, or the Year of the Goat, we hope that all of us can pursue opportunity and success. We wish you and your loved ones happiness, prosperity, and good health and fortune.