83R25251 MGR-F
  By: Vo H.C.R. No. 113
         WHEREAS, After the Vietnam War ended, a large number of
  Vietnamese refugees immigrated to the United States, and many moved
  to the metropolitan areas and coastal regions of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, These first-generation Vietnamese Americans worked
  hard and flourished in Texas, and now the state is home to the
  second largest Vietnamese population in the United States, with
  more than 210,000 residents, nearly half of those living in the
  Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area; and
         WHEREAS, Vietnamese Americans have fully embraced the
  freedoms of speech and religion and all of the democratic
  principles that the United States offers; and
         WHEREAS, Vietnamese Americans have denied the authority of
  the Vietnamese Communist Flag and pushed for governments to
  officially recognize the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag,
  which symbolizes both the Vietnamese cultural heritage and a deeply
  rooted resilience and yearning for democracy; and
         WHEREAS, Vietnamese Americans strongly support education,
  and their children are graduating from high schools and higher
  education institutions at high rates; and
         WHEREAS, The Lone Star State has benefited enormously from
  the contributions of its Vietnamese American residents; and
         WHEREAS, The Vietnamese American community plays a vital role
  in the business, professional, and cultural life not only of the
  Lone Star State but also of the country; the number of small
  businesses owned by Vietnamese Americans has grown substantially,
  and these firms have created more than 166,000 jobs nationwide,
  adding billions of dollars to the economy; in addition, Vietnamese
  Americans contribute to their communities in a myriad of ways, as
  teachers, lawyers, writers, actors, doctors, mayors, judges, and
  public servants; among the many Vietnamese Americans who have led
  notable careers are astronaut Eugene H. Trinh, former Dallas Cowboy
  Dat Nguyen, and scientist Nguyet Anh Duong, who developed the
  thermobaric weapon, which has been vital to U.S. military efforts;
         WHEREAS, Under Chapter 443, Government Code, and rules of the
  State Preservation Board, a portion of the north Capitol grounds is
  available for new monuments, subject to legislative approval,
  specified procedural requirements, the provision of funding from
  private donors, conformity to a certain size and design limitations
  and parameters, and completion on a timely basis; and
         WHEREAS, For many decades, people of Vietnamese descent have
  excelled in our society and economy, enriched our cultural
  tapestry, and helped enhance and secure the Lone Star State's
  reputation as a land of promise and possibility, and members of the
  house of representatives and senate find a commemorative structure
  in honor of Vietnamese Americans to be a worthy addition to the
  Capitol grounds; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby authorize the State Preservation Board, subject to state law
  and rules of the board, to approve and permit the construction of a
  monument on the Capitol grounds recognizing Vietnamese Americans
  for their contributions to this state and nation; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward an
  official copy of this resolution to the executive director of the
  State Preservation Board.