July 16, 2019
15C Resident to Receive a Wonderful Honor on Behalf of Her Late Husband
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is recognizing Chinese-American veterans for their service during WWII with a Congressional Gold Medal. About 20,000 Chinese-Americans are eligible to be awarded. As an ethnic group, Chinese-Americans experienced discrimination on a regular basis, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which prevented them from becoming citizens of the United States. Through all of the adversity they faced, 1 in 4 Chinese Americans served during the war. Quoting Military.com, “To recognize their commitment to their nation, the hardships they faced and their lack of recognition, Congress passed a law authorizing issuance of a medal to all Chinese-Americans who honorably served at any time between Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946.”
15 Craigside resident Juliette Lum nominated her late husband George T.Y. Lum (photographed above) to receive a Congressional Gold Medal to honor his service in WWII. After completing the application process and providing appropriate documentation, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance-National, unanimously concluded that Mr. Lum be recognized and awarded with the Congressional Gold Medal. To honor those who are being awarded, there will be a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in the fall and also a local ceremony sponsored in Hawaii.