Sacramento, CA — Newsweek published an article on October 26, 2020 by Didi Kirsten Tatlow where she claimed that the magazine “has identified about 600 groups (businesses, universities and think tanks, social and cultural groups, Chinese diaspora organizations, Chinese-language media and WeChat, the Chinese social media and messaging app) in the U.S. (are) all in regular touch with and guided by China’s Communist Party—a larger-scale version of a pattern found in other countries around the world.”
While the Newsweek article may have some points of truth, we lament the fact that with one fell swoop, the magazine has painted a false impression and promoted a sensational story that implicates potential racial discrimination against just about every one of the approximate five million Chinese Americans and legal immigrants in the U.S.A., many of whom are loyal to the country. It is easy to find short and simplistic answers as well as convenient scapegoats in highly complex situations. This phenomenon has happened multiple times throughout history with the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, the McCarthyism of the 1950s, the murder of Vincent Chin, the unjust accusation and the incarceration of Wen Ho Lee, and more recently the cases of Sherry Chen and Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, just to name a few.
We are aware that the Chinese and U.S. government are known for keeping tabs on each other. However, APAPA will continue to spend our energy in a positive direction as Americans of Asian descent contributing to positive relationships to build a brighter future for all Americans.
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