US President Joe Biden presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Khizr Khan during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Khan was the only Asian-American among Biden’s first group of nominees for the medal. Photo: Bloomberg
US President Joe Biden presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Khizr Khan during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Khan was the only Asian-American among Biden’s first group of nominees for the medal. Photo: Bloomberg
Chi Wang
Opinion

Opinion

Chi Wang

Biden’s Medal of Freedom picks a reminder of US lack of regard for Asian-Americans

  • In the nearly 60 years since the establishment of the highest civilian honour in the US, only 11 Asian-Americans have been chosen among almost 700 recipients
  • Addressing this underrepresentation would be a meaningful way for Biden to show he is sincere when he says he cares about Asian-Americans

US President Joe Biden presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Khizr Khan during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Khan was the only Asian-American among Biden’s first group of nominees for the medal. Photo: Bloomberg
US President Joe Biden presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Khizr Khan during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Khan was the only Asian-American among Biden’s first group of nominees for the medal. Photo: Bloomberg
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