The Promise of Gold Mountain: Tucson's Chinese Heritage

Esther Don Tang's Introduction of President William Jefferson Clinton, Thursday, February 25, 1999

What a privilege, Mr. President, to have you here in our wonderful city of Tucson...

As Congressman Ed Pastor said, I am Esther Tang, a native of Tucson, born and raised here almost 82 years ago.

It is my privilege to welcome you for all Tucsonans, a great city of diverse cultures... but to show you:

Buenos dias, con un muy grand abrazo, which in Spanish means: Good day, with a big embrace Kum hay fat choy, which is the Chinese greeting for Happy New Year, the year of the rabbit (which started Feb 17th of this year)

And last but not least

Welcome, welcome, welcome - you don't need a translation for that!!!

I stand here today to say "Thank you" as a survivor of breast cancer because of Medicare. Without a mammogram obtained through Medicare, many of us would not be here today. Women in general are grateful knowing they can obtain a mammogram now without a great deal of red tape. Medicare has finally enabled us to receive this health care that we need.

For almost 20 years, Social Security has been a godsend to me and my family. As the cost of living increases, Social Security is there as a safety net to keep us all able to meet the bills.

By your continued leadership, we want you to influence Congress to utilize 62% of the surplus for Social Security and 15% for Medicare. This is important to those who now are receiving these benefits, but I am worried for future generations. The Baby Boomers presently feel that Social Security will not be there for them, so they are reluctant to pay into it. Therefore I am worried for them.

I am not worried in the abstract for Baby Boomers, but for my own family and yours! My family consists of 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Will those members of my family who could be here please stand up now? Thank you.

With the help of this President, these programs will be there for the future if we all help him.

But you, Mr. President, are giving us hope with your agenda for preserving the future of Medicare and Social Security.

In my family, our parents taught us to take care of the family as well as to give back to the community. Therefore, the Baby Boomers and generations to come will be happy to support Social Security and Medicare if they have your assurances on these two important issues.

To the Tucson community, I am happy and honored to present to you our President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

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