There are many first generation American citizens running for public office this year in Howard County. I asked Baltimore Sun (Columbia Flier) to have some coverage on this topic and have not heard back yet. I believe this is an interesting topic. Every candidate can share his/her unique story.
For the 2018 BOE election, there are four first time and first generation candidates: myself, Saif Rehman, Anita Pandey and Sabina Taj. For the county council, there are three candidates: Raj Kathuria( District 1), John Liao ( District 2), Hiruy Hadgu(District 3).
I had an interview with ACM media in Rockville, Maryland in March, 2018. I talked about why I want to run and what I want to bring to the Howard County BOE. It was conducted in Chinese. Both John and I were interviewed together.
I am running for BOE because I want to bring change and a new perspective to the school board. School budget, school safety and student performance are my top priorities. I want to bring an engineer and analyst background to the board, seek common ground and look for practical and optimal solutions to solve many problems HCPSS is facing now.
If you can understand Chinese a little bit, please watch it.
I believe FBI Director Christopher Wray will be in history demise. His agency could not prevent mass shooting in Florida high school even with early warnings, could not prevent Boston Marathon Massacre even with repeated warnings, and self involved in the Russian meddling in US election illegally, now categorized the whole Chinese “covertly gathering intelligence for the Chinese government”.
I also blame Florida senator Marco Rubio to create this McCarthy mentality. The news is here : http://www.businessinsider.com/china-threat-to-america-fbi-director-warns-2018-2
Here is the reaction from Committee of 100.
Committee of 100 Denounces Broad Brush Stereotyping and Targeting of Chinese Students and Academics
(New York, NY, February 16, 2018) — In recent remarks to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray opined that Chinese academics or “non-traditional collectors” — “professors, scientists, students” studying and working in the United States in “basically every discipline” — may be covertly gathering intelligence for the Chinese government. The Committee of 100 (C100), a non-partisan organization of illustrious Chinese Americans committed to promoting constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the U.S. and China, and the full inclusion of Chinese Americans in the U.S., finds these comments to be disturbing and prejudicial. To target a whole group of people as being subject to greater suspicion, based purely on race and national origin, and in advance of any facts or evidence, goes against the fundamental American ideals of the presumption of innocence, due process and equal protection for all. It also fans the flames of hysteria.
We have seen instances in our history when Asian Americans have encountered such racial prejudice resulting in discriminatory laws and harmful actions, whether through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 or the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. These incidences have been shameful chapters in American history, ones that we must collectively, as a nation, commit to not repeating. We need to learn the lessons of history, we need to do better by one another.
The Committee of 100 is unequivocally committed to America’s national security and recognizes the importance of ensuring our nation is able to counteract perils from espionage. However, C100 supports fair and appropriate investigation, prosecution, and punishment of espionage that is based on the evidence and not on profiling or suspicion based on race, ethnicity, or national origin. Within the last two decades, we have seen this rush-to-judgement in the cases of Dr. Wen Ho Lee, Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, and Ms. Sherry Chen — all Chinese American scientists or federal employees who were unjustly prosecuted based on suspicion of their ancestry, but who were later found to be innocent of wrongdoing, though not before having their lives ruined.
“For over 160 years, despite the stereotype of being ‘perpetual foreigners’, Chinese immigrants, many of whom first arrived as students, have contributed immeasurably to the richness and success of the United States, including 8 Chinese Americans winning Nobel prizes in the sciences while working in America,” notes Frank H. Wu, Chairman of C100. “In every field from the arts to the sciences, business to entertainment, politics to sports, Chinese Americans are loyal and hard-working citizens no different than their neighbors.”
At this time when there is great potential for polarization and misunderstanding, C100 cautions against stoking fears through broad-brush stereotyping of any group of people. As Americans, we need to speak up and renew our commitment to upholding our cherished principles of the presumption of innocence and due process for all.
The Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-profit leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. Founded by world renowned architect I.M. Pei and internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, among others, it is an institution for U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage to join by invitation based on their extraordinary achievements. For over 25 years, C100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the twin missions of promoting full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life, and encouraging constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China. www.committee100.org
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时间: 2017年12月16日 (周六) 晚上7时 地点: River Hill 高中礼堂 (12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029) 票价: $15、$20、$50 (VIP) ； 团体票（10张以上可得8折优惠）。
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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:
Put your valuable in a bank safe, instead at home. Now burglars steal the whole safe at home.
Call 911 when you feel something suspicious. It is better for a false alarm than the home is broken-in.
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.
You can ask for online interpreter when call 911.
Hide your valuables. Burglars usually have no time to search around, they just grap anything they see.
I used to work at Garmin for a short period of time. I really enjoyed the work environment ,my team, and the middle of the country there. I heard the tragedy there and feel really sad about the status of the country. We should unite and make the country better.
CHINESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE CALL BY SOUTH ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR FULL INVESTIGATION OF OLATHE, KS SHOOTING
The Chinese Community expresses its deepest condolences to Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his family, and its sympathy to Alok Madasani for the violent crime committed against them by suspect Adam Purinton in Olathe, Kansas. We also praised Ian Grillotan, a true American hero, who risked his life to protect others.
The shooting is now under federal and local investigation as a possible hate crime against two immigrants from India. It reminds the Chinese American community of the bitter memories of the 1982 killing of Vincent Jen Chin in the suburb of Detroit. Chin was mistaken as Japanese and was beaten to death by a Chrysler plant superintendent and his stepson. The killers were convicted of manslaughter through plea bargain, and served no jail time, with 3 year probation and $3,000 fine and were cleared of all federal civil rights charges.
Facing the increasing racial tension, hostility, and senseless killings of Asian Americans and other minorities, the Chinese American community supports the call by the South Asian American community for a full investigation of the Kansas shooting. We also urge the federal and local authorities to condemn the hate crime if it is proven to be the case.
The Chinese American community shall, as always, stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from every Asian American community. Together, we shall work with the government to confront the rising hatred and divisiveness across the country.
I am trying to ask our elected officials to help with a visa application for a family whose son was brutally murmured in Bowie, Maryland. The victim’s family want to attended their son’s funeral and the US consular denied their visa application. Just read how the visa application was denied in five seconds, the process sometimes is inhumane and unbelievable wrong.
Our state senate Susan Lee called me back and offered to help. I really appreciate her effort.
Dear our elected Asian American Caucus,
(Their email is email@example.com)
We need your urgent help for a visa application.
There was a triple murder in Bowie, Maryland in January. The news is here:
I just heard that the victim’s family members of Mr. Jin Chen in China applied for visa to attend the funeral in Maryland and were denied the visa. They were thinking of applying for the visa again on this Friday (Feb 24) at the US consular at Guangzhou, China. It was reported that Chen’s family member was asked a question whether Mr. Chen was married. After the family member replied with a “yes”, then the visa application was denied immediately. I just could not think of a situation like this. A visa to attend a family funeral in a terrible murder case was denied without any sound reasons.
Can any of you do something to help their family members to get a visa? You can write to the state department and the US consular at Guangzhou, China to express your support to grant a visa to Mr. Chen’s family member. Such kind of letters usually help.