Statement by Ambassador Katherine Tai on Lunar New Year

January 22, 2023

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai released the following statement celebrating the start of Lunar New Year.

Celebrating Lunar New Year was about coming together with family, loved ones, and neighbors.  It was a time for hope and anticipation.

The dream of a bright future is why my parents came to the United States.  Despite many obstacles, their hope and pursuit of the American Dream never wavered.  Like millions of other Americans, their sacrifices and hard work made my story possible.

The Biden-Harris Administration believes that these uniquely American stories are essential to our country’s strength, and we are focused on building an economy where all people, regardless of color or creed, can thrive.  Whether it is through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, or through trade policies that lift up historically excluded voices, this Administration is working tirelessly to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for AANHPI communities everywhere.

In this Year of the Rabbit, may we stand united against hate, violence, and bigotry; celebrate generations of selfless sacrifice; and remember that our patchwork of stories points to a greater masterpiece, one of strength and resilience.

From my family to yours, we wish you peace and prosperity, and a happy Lunar New Year.