The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to name a U.S. Postal Service office in Boston after the late Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activist Caroline Chang.
About the bill: The approval of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s bill, H.R. 3728, for the renaming of the postal service at 25 Dorchester Avenue marks the first post office in Massachusetts named after an AAPI individual. Rep. Pressley first introduced the bill in May 2023, as a way to honor and highlight Chang's significant contributions to the Massachusetts 7th district.
The bill will proceed to the Senate for consideration.
Pressley's remarks: “Who we honor matters, and today we’re one step closer to memorializing the incredible work that Caroline Chang has done as one of the greatest public servants that Boston, the Massachusetts 7th, and our Commonwealth have ever seen,” said Rep. Pressley in a press release.
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“With nationwide attacks against the AAPI community, it is vital to commemorate leaders like Caroline whose contributions will have an impact on generations to come. I urge my Senate colleagues to pass this bill without delay.”
About Chang: Chang, who was born and raised in Boston Chinatown, was a lifelong community leader and public servant who advocated for her community. Chang's extensive public service included roles as an interpreter, manager of Chinatown's Little City Hall and a 30-year tenure with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she became the highest-ranking Asian American in the federal government in New England at the time. She also played a founding role in various organizations, such as The Asian Community Development Corporation and The Asian American Civic Association, benefiting the Boston Chinatown community.
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