Sacramento, Calif. — APAPA is gratified and appreciative that 73 Jewish advocacy organizations nationwide are voicing support to the Chinese American community “in light of the rising xenophobia aimed at Chinese people in this country and abroad over the COVID-19 “coronavirus”.” This is a great example of communities supporting each other to build a nation that shows the world that we are “inclusive” and are indeed a “Shining City on a Hill”.
The following excerpts are from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) web page.
“The Jewish community has strong and abiding ties to the Chinese community in the U.S. and abroad,” stated Michael Fromm, Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). “When our friends are targeted, we act and let them know they can count on us.”
“We want to thank our partners in the Jewish community for their solidarity and friendship,” stated Fred Teng, President of America China Public Affairs Institute (ACPAI). “We stand together for truth and fairness, and against the spread of false and damaging information.”
David Bernstein, JCPA’s President and CEO, added that “We were so proud of the broad and diverse response from national organizations and local Jewish community relations councils, many of which are inactive contact with their local Chinese counterparts.”
“It is truly appreciated when other groups stand with you especially when we face challenging times,” stated Sharon Wong, President of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates. “Many in the community have been devastated, not just by the virus itself but the xenophobia, harassment, bullying, and fear that has been directed to our community.”
There’s a Chinese saying – “providing charcoal at time of chilly snow is far better than adding icing on the cake”. “It is times like this when true friends come to our aid”, stated Dr. Ken Fong, APAPA National Governing Board Chair. Dr. Fong is deeply grateful of the support by JCPA and member organizations.
JCPA, national organizations and JCRCs sent the letter with all the signatories in both English and Chinese to scores of Chinese American leaders and organizations.
Click here to see the letter in English: https://www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/02/FINAL-REVISED-2-25-20-Solidarity-Letter-to-Chinese-Americans-English.pdf
Click here to see the letter in Chinese: https://www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/02/FINAL-REVISED-2-25-20-Solidarity-Letter-to-Chinese-Americans-Chinese.pdf