Category Archives: Asian American

Film screening invitation: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Screening of Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Hosted by Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County and Howard County Chinese School

Time: 12:00- 2:00PM Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Location: Howard Community College, CL Building N220.

The film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. Subsequently, it reveals how 182 Chinese men from the Delta participated in all aspects of the US war effort in WWII, shows the transformational nature of their participation in the war for the development of the community in the decades immediately after the war, and concludes by documenting the contributions of the Chinese Delta families to the state of Mississippi and beyond as their children became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and many other types of professionals in the contemporary era.

A preview of the film can be found at https://www.heritageseries.us/honor-and-duty/
Part One 1870 to 1940 – How Chinese first came to Mississippi

Part Two 1941-1945 – Chinese WWII veterans and their families

Part Three 1946 to Present – Chinese as part of the social and economic fabric, custom and culture of Mississippi.
This is an excellent documentary for adults and older kids (middle schoolers and above). Come to learn our immigration history, understand issues of today, and our future in this culture and land, and support this filmmaker who spent her own funds and used her resources to produce this excellent documentary.

哈维华裔家长联合会CAPA-HC联合哈维中文学校隆重推荐纪录片《荣誉和责任:密西西比三角洲华人》

大家都知道密西西比三角洲曾经是美国种族冲突最严重的地方。可是你是否知道,从上世纪初开始,这里就一直生活着一群华人? 他们是什么样的一群人,怎么样在这里谋生,如何在这片异国的土地上扎根?你是否知道他们在第二次世界大战中为美国效力?

本 片描述了密西西比华人移民跨越150年的历史。影片历经制片人Samantha Cheng 多年的资料收集,呈现出当年在肤色隔离和排华法案环境下那批华人的生活状态,以及他们通过经营杂货店,参加二战,自主办学,跟白人和黑人交朋友,最终赢得 当地社会的尊重的历史过程。影片结尾展示这批华人的后代作为professionals对现代美国社会的贡献。

这是一部非常值得我们观看和 思考的纪录片。制片人Samantha Cheng会来主持放映和随后的Q&A. 诚邀您携家人于5月7日星期天中午12点来HCC CL Building N220教室观看。让我们一起了解华裔美国人在美国的成长和奋斗史。让我们一起了解华人对美国社会的贡献。同时也请大家来支持Samantha的努力和付 出。

New Chinese Immigrants Are Different From Chinese Americans And Proud Of It

New Chinese Immigrants Are Different From Chinese Americans And Proud Of It

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chinese-american-immigrants_us_58dd412ee4b05eae031df98c

Rupert Li’s article responding to Prof. Frank H Wu’s ” A Private Note to Asian American Activists About New Arrivals”: https://chaowu.org/2017/03/19/the-gap-and-stereotype-of-chinese-americans/

This is a useful and timely discussion for the Chinese Americans. If we value diversity, then all opinions should be civilly discussed.  If we seek unity, we should dare to discuss this uncomfortable topics and find the common ground for the community which is complex and diverse itself.

Go back to China

Go Back to China

 By Dr. Chao Wu, Clarksville, chaowu2016@gmail.com

On Monday, March 20th 2017, I submitted this article to Columbia Flier ( Howard County Times) for publication. Since it was not published by them in two weeks, I am sharing here now.

Recently, several incidents of Indian, Chinese, Sikh Americans being murdered occurred around country. It is a sad reality we are facing and it is challenging us to unite our diverse community.

As a Chinese immigrant, I have experienced racism first hand when I was studying at University of Maryland, College Park. One spring day in 2007, while I was riding my bike to school on Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, I was yelled at “go back to China” and more than ten school girls (little and not too little) threw stones at me. I was scared but brave enough at the time to shout back: “How do you know I am from China”?  That was my first encounter with blatant racism.  Later my friends and coworkers told me that I should never argue with them because they may have guns with them.

What did I do? I told my colleagues and friends about this incident, then quit riding to school. I studied hard and worked hard. Life moves on. I am now living in one of the best counties, raising a family and serving the community.

History will repeat itself unless we are vigilant. I am well read about the history of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese internment camps. I also understand the difficulties that many new immigrants are facing because I am one of them.  At the same time, we should be careful not to call all accidents as racism which will negatively dilute the message and not help facilitate discussions. Issue based discussions are much easier to start and can actually result in something useful since people will fight to the death about religion and ideology.

Furthermore, we should not just pander history, which unfortunately is very complicated, and sometimes very cruel. Instead, we should focus on thinking forward – on how to provide better education, create more jobs, and how to build a harmonious community.

Denouncement of White Nationalist Poster in UMD

The accident happens unfortunately at UMD where I spent and enjoyed much time there. See the link and picture:

http://www.dbknews.com/2017/03/13/umd-white-nationalist-posters-racism/?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0


Maryland Chinese American Network (MD-CAN) Statement on University of Maryland White Nationalist Posters

March 21, 2017

Maryland Chinese American Network (MD-CAN), a nonpartisan, issue based community advocacy group denounces the content of the white nationalist posters found in University of Maryland at College Park campus on March 13, 2017.  It is against MD-CAN’s devotion to a diverse and inclusive Maryland.

We fully support President Wallace D. Loh’s statement on March 14 and University of Maryland Police Department’s diligent follow up action.  While understanding the freedom of speech right, we consider these posters offensive and abhorrent.

MD-CAN commits to working with the community in making sure students, including international students, feel safe and welcome on campus in State of Maryland and our great country, the United States of America.

The gap and stereotype of Chinese Americans

Frank H. Wu, law professor of UC Hastings and chair of Committee 100. After reading his article, I feel a little uneasy.  There is a disconnect or gap between the first generation Chinese immigrants coming here 50 years ago and those coming here 20 years ago. There is a gap between the first generation immigrants and their children. The stereotype on the Chinese Americans who came here 50 years ago, are still lingering around.

We just need work hard to find a common ground, a general platform to unite and move forward.

A Private Note to Asian American Activists About New Arrivals

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-private-note-to-asian-american-activists-about-new_us_58cd2d3fe4b0537abd957102

Welcome for your comments.

Sherry Chen’s Fighting for Fairness and Justice

http://www.sherrychendefensefund.org/mspb-hearing-sherry-chen-vs-doc.html

Sherry Chen’s Upcoming MSPB Hearing: Fighting for Fairness and Justice for Herself & the Community

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /PR Newswire/ — The Merit Systems Protection Board will hold a public hearing on Sherry Chen’s appeal in the U.S. Court House, Cincinnati, Ohio on March 14-15.

Sherry Chen was an award-winning hydrologist at the National Weather Service.  For over a decade, she worked tirelessly on developing flood prediction models to save lives and properties throughout the Ohio Valley.  However, in 2014 her valuable work was halted when she was wrongfully charged by the government for spying for China.

The New York Times broke the story about Sherry Chen (http://nyti.ms/1J3RKSe) and its editorial board demanded an apology from the government.  CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcasted her and Professor Xiaoxing Xi’s story as “Collateral Damage” (http://cbsn.ws/1Nvsii1).  Congressional members, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and thousands of community organizations and individuals requested the Department of Justice to explain the pattern of investigating and prosecuting innocent Chinese American scientists.

Then government abruptly dropped Sherry Chen’s case without explanation, apparently due to lack of credible facts and criminal intent.  However, she was wrongfully terminated from her job by the Department of Commerce for the same unfounded justifications.

The Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of Japanese Americans have been among the most racist and discriminatory actions against Asian Americans.  Targeting an individual and then finding a crime to fit devastates the person and the entire community, violating the civil liberties all Americans value.

Dr. Jeremy Wu, Trustee of the Sherry Chen Legal Defense Fund, commented, “we must heal these wounds by voicing our concerns and fighting for fairness and justice to protect innocent people.  To help Sherry Chen is to help ourselves.”

Sherry Chen is continuing her fight – for fairness and justice – not just for herself but also the future generations of Asian Americans.  Join this cause and support by

  • Sharing Sherry Chen’s story to your friends and colleagues: Click to Tweet
  • Attending and reporting on the public hearing:

           http://www.sherrychendefensefund.org/mspb-hearing-sherry-chen-vs-doc.html

  • Donating to the Sherry Chen Legal Defense Fund:

          http://www.sherrychendefensefund.org/donate.html

About the Sherry Chen Legal Defense Fund
The Sherry Chen Legal Defense Fund was created in 2015 to receive donations and support Sherry Chen’s continuing fight to defend herself and seek fairness and justice for the broader community.  Visit http://www.sherrychendefensefund.org to learn more.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Wu, Ph.D.
Trustee, Sherry Chen Legal Defense Fund
Dfundschen2016@gmail.com

Home Security seminar by HCPD 

This Sunday, Howard County Police Department sent Mr. Eric Kruhm to gave us a seminar at Howard County Chinese School at Howard Community College about recent nice burglars targeted at Asian American families. Now burglars is using high-tech too. They were using google earth to identify Asian American families and compile a list for later break-in.

Here are some tips from the seminar:

  1. Put your valuable in a bank safe, instead at home. Now burglars steal the whole safe at home.
  2. Call 911 when you feel something suspicious. It is better for a false alarm than the home is broken-in.
  3. If you have a long vacation, ask your neighbors help and they can park their car on your driveway. Also ask police to have an area check.
  4. You can ask for online interpreter when call 911.
  5. Hide your valuables. Burglars usually have no time to search around, they just grap anything they see.