Diana Lee Inosanto

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11/17/2016 8:27:08 AM
Diana celebrates Filipino American History Month at the White House







In October 24, 2016, Diana Lee Inosanto had the honor of being a guest at the White House, joining Filipino American Leaders from across the country to celebrate Filipino American History Month. In attendance were Master of Ceremonies Host & Chicago celebrity Billy Dec, Apl.de.ap from Black Eyed Peas, and General Tony Taguba. Alissa Ko, Senior Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, greeted everyone at the top of the morning"s celebratory event. The program featured discussions with Administration officials on key issues of interest to the Filipino American community, as well as performances by distinguished Filipino American artists.
General Taguba inspired Filipino American leaders to reach out to Congress and the leadership of the House Republican Conference, to ask them to Waive Rule 28 and help pass the cosponsored Congressional Gold Medal Bill HR2737 for our World War II Filipino American Veterans.
Gen. Tony Taguba shared of the hardships for many World War II Filipino American Veterans and their families. He emphasized passionately their historical wartime service, particularly under the leadership of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During World War II the Philippines was a commonwealth under our US government. More than 260,000 Filipino service men and women were called into service. But their wartime service under the U.S flag has never been recognized.
These veterans fought and died along other Americans, defending America and the Philippines for the freedoms we treasure today. For those that survived, they became outstanding citizens, leaving their fingerprints all over our American culture and society. In the years following the war, some of these Filipino Veterans happened to be martial arts teachers, spreading their knowledge throughout the military, law enforcement and self-defense schools across the country. They have also indirectly left their mark in Hollywood, through countless action movies like SPY, 300 and the Bourne Identity that used exciting aspects of Filipino martial arts interwoven into action pack fight choreography.
Dan Inosanto (father of Diana Lee Inosanto), who is a veteran himself (101st Airborne ?Screaming Eagles?) continues to carry on the knowledge that came from these Filipino American WW2 Veterans around the world and has taught members of the Navy SEALS and other military branches, as well as Law Enforcement across the country. Ironically, Diana knew many of these Filipino American veterans as a child who were like family to the Inosanto"s.
Upon returning from Washington D.C. the Inosanto family went into action to spread a social media campaign among martial arts students, military friends and fans to help pass Bill HR 2737.
Several years ago, on October 14, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that restored the White House Initiative and President?s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to address issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.