Category Archives: USA

The arrogance from some media and some reporters

I attended a Committee of 100 panel where a 25 year (?) veteran, Washington Post Associate Editor and Columnist David Ignatius shared his perspective on reports covering China. Just shared several of his responses.

  1. When asked why Gordon Chang with no credibility(The author of The-Coming-Collapse-of-China, forever) can consistently gain top focus and prime coverage on the main media,  Mr. Ignatius first pretended that he never heard that Gordon Chang ( that is a lie, right?). Then after asked by the host whether there was a bias from the media, he murmured he did not know.
  2. Then the panel host George Koo asked David why so much negativity covered by US media on China, instead the 2017 C-100 survey found out that the US general public had a favorable view on China than what the reporters and media had?

Mr. Ignatius said he did not care about others point of view  and he just wanted to report what he was interested in and what he cared.  And that was he was taught about what a true journalism was. (literally the exact word of his answer)

I found an article on Forbes.com titled: “‘Fake News’ And How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking Of The Power Grid”,  https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2017/01/01/fake-news-and-how-the-washington-post-rewrote-its-story-on-russian-hacking-of-the-power-grid/#5451b9f87ad5

 

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/

C-100 background:

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.

C-100 mission:

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.

Please comment against more divide on race and ethnicity

Some friend shared “Revision of Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity: Proposals From Federal Interagency Working Group” with me. The link location is https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OMB-2017-0003-0001. You can comment by clicking at the top right corner.

I can see more divide on race and ethnicity. Luckily they are not talking about culture yet. From my own experience and my participation on OneHoward group meeting several week ago, I definitely believe sometimes culture difference is larger than race or ethnicity difference. This more division will not create harmony everybody try to seek and dream.

We should boycott this kind of absurdity. This is in my mind: five groups– Native Americans, White Americans, Black Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans. Sure the best is just one group: Americans.

Take a look at the following proposals. I moved white American to the top just in case more divisions should be created, for example, Russian Americans, or Jewish Americans?

Their division on race and ethnicity are:

  1. For white Americans,  dividing into German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, and French.
  2. For native Americans, dividing into into Navajo Nation, Blackfeet Tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village or Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government, and Nome Eskimo Community
  3. For Asian Americans,  dividing into Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, and an “other Asian” category?
  4. For Black or African American, dividing into African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Somali.
  5. For Hispanic or Latino, dividing into separately Mexican or Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, Dominican, and Colombian
  6. For Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders,  dividing into Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan, Fijian, and Marshallese.

If following this trend, my wife and I will be classified into two race/ethnicity one day because we speak different dialects since we can always find ways to differentiate or discriminate people.

Where is the end? Look at another reference how California’s new law AB-1726. divide Asian Americans into 25 groups. See my original post: https://chaowu.org/2016/06/10/california-race-narrative-ab-1726/

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US warmongers starting again

Shame on today’s New York Times headline: A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion’ in North Korea.

It seems in my short memory for any US presidents, they need start a new war.  I do not read Fox News at all and I believe they probably has been promoting this North Korean War for Trump for a while already.  Now even New York Times are starting the war mongering propaganda so early, partially because they deliberately want to push Trump into this non-winning war such that people can look at Trump presidency as a total joke as they predicted. Hey, come on, North Korea is so far away from USA. They have not invaded or bombed USA for the last 60 years. There is no comparison between Cuba missile crisis and North Korea at all.

If North Korea is really bad, they will fall by themselves eventually. If they dare strike, we have the capability to strive back and hard.  Furthermore, all the US media portraits NK leader really really bad. In realty, it is probably not so accurate. To rule a country like NK, cruelty and dictatorship are not enough and he certainly still benefits from the heritage from his father. One day those heritage will be lost and that is the moment his rule will collapse.  If US wants to destroy North Korea, they should be obligated to rebuild them and we see the failure in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, etc.  One failure after another failure, and those shameless people still ask for another failure in North Korea.

For any presidents, senators, or congressmen, if they approve a war, at least, they should send their kids to the front line, fighting there, not cowardly sitting back in the air-conditional room defending democracy.  Or financially, they should donate their one-year salary to the war spending at least.

Interesting or not surprisingly, on the war effort, the democrats are joining Trump’s bandwagon.

Many ignorant people do not know basic facts at all. If North Korea just dump all their ammunition into South Korea which is just 50 miles away, the whole South Korea Capital Seoul will be destroyed and Korean peninsular history will be rewritten at the cost of North Korea’s disappearance. Unfortunately, South Korea is not on the decision table at all.

But who wins?

Volunteering and activism

I was nominated as Howard County Volunteer of The Year on Wednesday night. I really appreciate CA chair Andy Stack’s nomination and Jean Xu and Clarence Lam’s endorsement. Although I did not win the award, I was very excided to learn so many volunteers and their good heart and dedicated work to help our community.

I volunteer because I want to help and I want to change. It is easier to lead by example. I want to lead this new wave of Chinese Americans to volunteer and participate into the community in all aspects. As long as each of us contribute a little bit and continue to get involved, we will make a huge difference.

There are some differences and commonality between volunteer and activism.  One key common component is our passion for the cause we work for. In this new era with social media, everyone can be a leader and follower and advance the community’s common interests. The only difficulty is the indifference such that we get disconnected with the real world and dillusionally live in our small comfort houses.

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.