New York, New York – Fifty Asian American and Jewish American organizations have written President Trump an open letter, requesting that the President and the administration cease using the term “Chinese virus” in describing COVID-19.
The letter states that “we recognize that your administration may have legitimate concerns about how the government of the People’s Republic of China has handled the outbreak…We are concerned, however, that your reference to the COVID-19 coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus” has been used by racists to inflame hatred and xenophobia and to encourage physical violence directed against Chinese and Asian Americans.”
“We are proud to join forces with the Jewish community against stigmatizing Chinese people in this country and abroad,” stated Kenneth Fong, Chairman of APAPA, one of the two organizations that initiated the letter. “We are extremely concerned that Asian Americans are being targeted, and it’s only getting worse.”
“While we understand the nature of the current bilateral tensions between the US and China, we’d urge the President to draw a sharp distinction between governments and people. Bigotry against Asian Americans is on the rise, and we are here to offer our full support,” stated Michael Fromm, Chairman of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the Jewish organization that co-initiated the letter.
APAPA’s mission is to empower Asian Pacific Islander Americans through education, leadership and active participation in civic and public affairs.
JCPA is the national hub of the Jewish community relations network made up of 125 community relations councils and 17 national Jewish agencies. Its mission is to inspire, support, coordinate, convene, build consensus and mobilize the network while serving as the national representative of the network’s public policy platform.