NCUSCR Statement on Anti-Asian American Violence and Hate Crimes

March 18, 2021

The National Committee is deeply saddened by the escalation in anti-Asian American violence and rhetoric in the United States. On behalf of the NCUSCR community, we express our condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday’s abhorrent attack on the Asian American community, as well as anyone impacted by the intolerable spate of anti-Asian American violence and hate crimes.

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the concomitant explosion of anti-Asian racism, the National Committee unequivocally denounces such hatred, xenophobia, and violence and believes that they have no place in our society or our political discourse. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and will always oppose rhetoric that fans the flames of racism wherever it persists.

Last year, the National Committee launched a new area of programming aimed at increasing public awareness of issues surrounding racism against Asian Americans. We will continue to wrestle with such issues – especially as they relate to the U.S.- China relationship – by convening experts and stakeholders for ongoing programming on this topic. We call upon our board, members, and everyone within our community to join us in our effort to uphold the values that exemplify this great country and stand up against these vile attacks on all Asian Americans.  


Interviews

How You Can Respond to Anti-Asian Racism

Russell Jeung explains how you can respond to anti-asian rhetoric and hate crimes by intervening in and reporting incidents, showing up for Asian American neighborhoods, and normalizing a culture of respect in your community. Russell Jeung is the co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and a professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.


Confronting Anti-Asian Racism

Stop AAPI Hate Co-Founder Russell Jeung addresses the alarming reports of violence and crimes committed against Asian Americans over the past year. He examines the racist beliefs that often motivate perpetrators, discusses the influence of social media, and offers a hopeful look at how Asian American communities and their allies are standing up to injustice nationwide.


The 'Model Minority' Myth

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。


Past Events

Confronting Anti-Asian Racism: Anti-China Foreign Policy and Legislative Change 

April 12, 2021

While violence toward Asian Americans has always existed in the United States, the community has faced racist violence and hate crimes at a much higher rate over the last year. Between March 2020 and February 2021, Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 hate incidents nationwide. Experts argue this phenomenon has been fueled by Sinophobia, anti-China foreign policy, and xenophobic political rhetoric unleashed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On April 12, 2021, the National Committee held a virtual two-part program in which Jessica J. Lee and Ian Shin discussed the impact of anti-China political rhetoric on the current domestic U.S. climate, and Congresswoman Judy Chu addressed anti-Asian racism through legislative change.

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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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