WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — United Chinese language Individuals (UCA), a nationwide coalition of Chinese language-American organizations, denounces within the strongest doable phrases the October 26 Newsweek cowl story that accuses greater than 600 Chinese language-American organizations of being “linked to [the] Chinese language Communist Get together affect effort” overseas and that implies that they’re brokers of “Xi’s secret plan to subvert America” and represent “600 causes to fret about China.”
In an article lengthy on innuendo and prejudice however brief on information, Newsweek has gone past even the sensational language of chilly warriors decided to additional undermine already worsening U.S.-China relations. It has ignored the vital and essential distinction between Chinese language residents and Individuals of Chinese language descent and lumped all collectively as brokers of the Chinese language Communist Get together’s “United Entrance,” an entity charged with advancing the Get together’s pursuits at dwelling and overseas. It alleges the existence of a whole lot of such organizations, however names solely a handful of them.
Even these named are tarred with the flimsiest of proof. It’s wrongheaded to lump respected teams just like the Committee of 100, a civic affiliation of outstanding Chinese language-Individuals in enterprise, authorities, academia and the humanities that has served our group since 1988, or the China Institute, based in 1926 to advance a deeper understanding of China by means of packages in training, tradition, artwork, and enterprise, with campus associations or different teams wherein members are largely Chinese language residents.
Many Chinese language American civic organizations have established and keep relationships with mainland Chinese language organizations, which naturally embrace branches of the Chinese language authorities at numerous ranges in addition to people like Chinese language diplomats posted in the US. Such relationships and actions, which embrace heritage- or education-related, cultural and scientific change packages in addition to enterprise relationships, are typically harmless, social or skilled in nature. There may be nothing fallacious, nor ought to there be something suspect, about organizations working to advertise nearer ties and understanding between China and the US. That is worlds aside from appearing as brokers of the Chinese language authorities, and suggesting in any other case, and assuming guilt by affiliation on such a community-wide scale, is reckless and unjustified.
It ought to shock nobody that there could also be people or teams which have veered outdoors of established norms and carried out inappropriate and even unlawful actions. As Americans we denounce such actions, and in such instances we belief our authorized system to prosecute the perpetuators in line with applicable legal guidelines. However the existence of a small variety of lawbreakers isn’t any excuse for Newsweek or every other publication to tar everybody of Chinese language ancestry with the identical brush. Certainly, it is repugnant to our democratic values to solid a darkish cloud of suspicion over a complete race or class of individuals for the actions of people. Our historical past has been stained too typically by incidents of injustice inflicted upon minority teams that’s motivated by deep-seated prejudice.
“Newsweek has reached a brand new low. We have not seen such a wholesale, indiscriminate smear of an ethnic minority group for the reason that McCarthy days of the Fifties,” asserted UCA President Haipei Shue. “Newsweek appears intent on portray our entire group as suspect and untrustworthy. This jogs my memory of the Forties, when greater than 120,000 members of the Japanese American group had been pressured into internment camps. We won’t permit historical past to repeat itself.”
UCA calls for that Newsweek withdraw the article and apologize to 5 million Individuals of Chinese language descent for its reckless allegations. We stand prepared to fulfill with its editors for a full and frank dialogue of the damage their publication has finished to the picture and fame of our group. We name on Individuals of all backgrounds to hitch us in denouncing this outrageous piece of sham journalism.
SOURCE United Chinese language Individuals (UCA)