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Release Date: 04.26.2010 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: National Archives and Records Administration

U. S. Representative Anh Joseph Cao to Speak at National Archives at Atlanta

Who would have thought that one man could suffer so much and yet accomplish so much? One who suffered greatly and yet accomplished much more than most Americans is U. S. Congressman Anh Joseph Cao from Louisiana. He will tell his story at a symposium at the National Archives at Atlanta entitled We Are America: Asian Pacific Americans in the U. S. South.

The life and career of Congressman Cao embodies the remarkable journey of thousands of immigrants who eventually became Americans. He was born in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. His father, an officer with the South Vietnamese Army, was imprisoned by the Communists.

At the age of eight he escaped to America with two of his siblings. He thrived in school, earned a physics degree from Baylor University, a masters degree in philosophy from Fordham University, and a law degree from Loyola.

On December 6, 2008 he was elected as Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District Representative making him the first Vietnamese-American elected to the United States Congress. He is but one example of an exceptional group of people who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

As we commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Archives at Atlanta and its Friends organization, together with countless Asian Pacific American community organizations invite everyone of all backgrounds to attend the symposium and hear Representative Cao’s personal story.

Other presenters include U. S. Congressman Mike Honda from California, John Jung, professor emeritus and author, and Bill Greene, Archivist with the National Archives at San Francisco.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 10:00 am

National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

Free but registration is required at

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About the National Archives:
The National Archives is the nation’s recordkeeper. The records include, the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill or Rights along with tens of billions of pages of other paper records, millions of still photographs, hundreds of thousands of moving images, countless e-mails and web pages, and a fast-growing archive of electronic records — all housed in dozens of archival facilities in 20 states, including 12 Presidential libraries. These records tell the story of the American experience and of the experiences of the Americans who came before us. The National Archives at Atlanta holds in trust original records documenting the settlement and development of the Southeast. These records are the documentary evidence of day-to-day occurrences that have become part of our history. For more information, see

Contact Info

Contact Name: Mary Evelyn Tomlin

Company: National Archives and Records Administration

Phone: 770-968-2555