I was interviewed by Maryland Public Television last year and it was shown around 49:12. How we can revitalize Columbia villages and re-ignite Jim Rouse’s vision to continue the prosperity and hope, diversity and inclusion will be the challenge for all of us here.
Committee of 100 Condemns Chinese American Racial Profiling
Committee of 100 Condemns Chinese American
Contact: Christina Lu, National Program Director
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(New York, NY, April 7, 2019) – The members of the Committee of 100 — all United States citizens — are compelled to stand up and speak out against the racial profiling that has become increasingly common in the United States where Chinese Americans are being targeted as potential traitors, spies, and agents of foreign influence. Even as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our non-profit organization, committed to our dual missions of a constructive U.S.-China engagement and the full equality and inclusion of Chinese Americans, our community has come under attack again. In the last few years, a few high American government officials, respected media outlets, and opinion leaders have stated or suggested that all Chinese persons in America should be suspected of wrongdoing. Overzealous criminal prosecutions in recent years of innocent individuals such as Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi, like Wen Ho Lee before them, have embarrassingly fallen apart, while ruining lives for no reason. Such targeting of individuals based on their ethnic heritage or national origin violates our shared American ideals. It simply has to stop.
More than a year ago, the Director of the FBI testified before Congress to the effect that all Chinese students and researchers represented a “whole of society” threat to the American way of life. Although he had a chance to clarify, he chose to reiterate that he meant what he had said: in his eyes, every person of Chinese descent was to be distrusted. Likewise, some leading China watchers have expressed similar sentiments. They have warned that Chinese American organizations may be used by China’s government for illicit activities. The more sophisticated have disavowed any intent to stereotype. For Chinese Americans, however, the impact has already been chilling and negative: in scientific, business, political, academic and government circles, Chinese Americans are reporting being subject to greater scrutiny and discriminatory treatment in their work and daily lives. Racial profiling is wrong and un-American in our nation of democracy. It is imperative that those who are committed to the civil rights of all Americans disavow this kind of broad-brush racial stereotyping and fear-mongering.
Since normalization of relations between the United States and China four decades ago, we have witnessed an economic transformation in China never before documented in the annals of human history that has understandably led to some anxiety for Americans. There are legitimate concerns that the United States, and we, as Americans, can have and express about China’s policies and practices. There also are instances of inappropriate, even illegal, conduct by persons of Chinese heritage. The American ideal, however, is the presumption of innocence, due process, and the right of all individuals to express themselves without fear of guilt by association, especially on a racial basis.
The Committee of 100 was established in the belief that Chinese Americans could play a unique role in bridge building. As Americans who appreciate China through our heritage, we can and will continue to facilitate the constructive engagement which has defined U.S.-China relations since “ping pong diplomacy.” We will also continue to fight for Chinese American equality through civic engagement and speaking out against discrimination and injustice. By standing up and speaking out for what is right and just, Chinese Americans can help lead the way in answering the call that is always before us as Americans: to embody more perfectly the ideals and principles of this great nation we call home.
The Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-profit U.S. leadership organization of prominent and extraordinary 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 of U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage. For 30 years, C100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the dual missions of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life and constructive relations between the United States and Greater China. www.committee100.org ###
(美国纽约州纽约市，2019年4月7日) – 作为美国公民，我们百人会的成员必须站出来反对正在美国不断蔓延的带有种族偏见的刻板定性。如今，一些华裔美国人被有针对性地当做潜在的叛徒、间谍和外国势力的代理人。作为一个的非营利组织，百人会的双重使命是推动美中两国的建设性交往以及为华裔美国人争取平等权利并融入社会。然而，即便在百人会庆祝其成立三十周年之际，我们的社区依然持续遭到攻击。在过去的几年里，一些美国政府的高级官员、广受尊敬的媒体和意见领袖均曾表示或者暗示所有在美华人都应被怀疑有不法行为。近年来，如陈霞芬和郗小星这样无辜的人都像在他们之前的李文和一样遭到了不公平的刑事起诉。虽然这些刑事起诉最终都以令人尴尬的方式被撤销，但是却毫无缘由地摧毁了当事人的正常生活。这种基于种族或国家来源的针对行为违背了我们公认的美国价值观。这一切必须停止。
2018 First Generation Candidates in Howard County
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.
Seeking Common Ground
I attended the C-100 (Committee of 100) Annual Conference 2017 as the next generation leader last week. I know C-100 for a long time since it is often quoted both in US and China’s media for its great contribution to bridge US and China, especially during difficult times. I strongly agree with C-100’s mission. However, I feel it is somewhat detached from the first generation Chinese immigration community. The website is : https://committee100.org/mission-history/
The Committee of 100 is a membership organization of Chinese Americans dedicated to the spirit of excellence and achievement in America.
Current members include I.M. Pei, master architect; Yo-Yo Ma, renowned cellist; Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube; Leroy Chiao, NASA Astronaut; David Ho, AIDS researcher and 1996 Time Man of the Year; and Michelle Kwan, figure skating champion. Membership to the Committee of 100 is by invitation.
The Committee of 100 is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit headquartered in New York City, and has active regional chapters in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beijing.
The Committee’s purpose is to provide leadership and act as a constructive force in the dual mission of:
- Promoting the full participation of all Chinese Americans in American society and acting as a public policy resource for the Chinese-American community
- Promoting constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China.
Here is the picture for the opening ceremony.