The National Committee has launched a new area of programming aimed at increasing public awareness of issues surrounding racism against Asian Americans. Our view is that no matter whom it is directed against, racism is abhorrent and unacceptable. We at the Committee will continue to wrestle with issues of racism in future programs. Our hope is that the current crisis will inspire a desperately-needed national conversation about race relations that will lead to tangible change.


Events

Anti-Asian Racism in the United States: Current Issues and Sino-U.S. Relations

August 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues its surge across much of the United States, laying bare issues of race and class in access to health care, food, shelter, and education. Incidents of excessive police force against the black community have brought the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice to the forefront of the national conversation. At the same time, reports of racism targeting Asian Americans have risen significantly.

In this context, the National Committee convened leaders in the Chinese-American community to share their insights into and experiences of the critical issues of racism. Speakers Anla Cheng, Erika Lee, and Nancy Yao Maasbach joined moderator and NCUSCR board member Jerry Yang to discuss discrimination, generational divides, the model minority myth, and Sino-American relations.

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The Coronavirus, Anti-Asian Racism in the United States, and Sino-American Relations

June 2, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, reports of racism against Asian Americans have risen sharply, drawing renewed attention to issues of bias, immigration, and the place of Asian Americans in society. On June 2, 2020, the National Committee held a virtual discussion with Professor Jennifer Ho and author John Pomfret on the history of anti-Chinese/Asian racism in the United States, the impact of coronavirus-related racism, and the importance of uniting across our communities against all forms of discrimination. The webinar was moderated by NCUSCR Senior Director of Development Yong Lu.

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Interviews

The 'Model Minority' Myth in 2020

Asian Americans are often stereotyped as a “model minority.” UC Boulder Professor of Ethnic Studies Jennifer Ho and Queens College President Frank H. Wu measure this stereotype and its damaging repercussions against a history of Asian American activism and solidarity among minority groups, deconstructing the myth that still exists today.


Visa Restrictions and Lawsuits: Chinese Students Under Fire

The Justice Department's China Initiative against economic espionage and intellectual property theft has made Chinese students in the United States a focus of increasing scrutiny, while Congress has initiated legislation aimed to restrict this broad group's ability to work and study in the United States. In light of the Justice Department's more than 3,000 active investigations of China-affiliated researchers and students in the United States, Queens College President Frank H. Wu discusses the initiative, the resulting increase in scrutiny of Chinese nationals and Chinese-American students, and the potential threat to American competitiveness and economic vitality that these developments present.


“模范少数族裔”是赞美?专家表示否定

自上个世纪60年代起,亚裔群体在美国常与“模范少数族裔”(model minority)的头衔联系在一起。这是一个美称吗?种族学教授 Jennifer Ho 表示否定 — “这个术语是不正确的,有害的,和挑拨性的。很多亚裔美国人从未对此称号表示认可”。她分析了此中的历史和社会学原因。“我对“虎妈” Amy Chua (蔡美儿)那本书(《虎妈的战歌》)有很多看法,”她表示。


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