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By John C. Yang

There are 23 million Asian Americans living in the U.S., representing 6.5 percent of the American population 4.7% of U.S. eligible voters this year, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the latest polling results in the media.

For two decades, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been the fastest-growing ethnic groups. Yet Asian Americans remain invisible in national polling data: Recent Presidential polls from the Washington Post/ABC, New York Times/Siena, Economist/YouGov, NPR/PBS/Marist, and Quinnipiac all omit any data on Asian American preferences.

In the 2016 Presidential Election, six states were decided by 1.5 percent or less (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Florida). All of these states have seen a growth in the Asian American population, and these numbers easily could have provided the margin of victory. Of course, it’s not just the Presidential elections in which Asian American votes make a difference. One in five Congressional districts have a population that is more than ten percent Asian American and Pacific Islander. …


Learn how to fill out the census online, what language resources are available, and how to answer questions about race and ethnicity.

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By Beth Lynk, Suher Adi, and Amber Nguyen

The census is a vital data collecting tool that enables us to have data on communities to better serve them and provide them with the resources they need. It also gives underrepresented groups a voice by allowing their members to be visible.

Recognizing the significance of an accurate count, many organizations have created resources to help community members fill out the census form in their preferred language. …


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By Sina Uipi

Fakamalo pe mo fakafeta’i he ngaue kotoa pe kuo lava ke tau a’u mai kihe tu’unga ko eni, which in Tongan means, I give thanks and praise for all the work that has been done to reach this point. As the last days of the census deadline quickly approaches, I humbly reflect and give gratitude to all the effort made to ensure Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders get counted. There aren’t enough words to sum up the love, labor, and resilience our communities have endured before and during a pandemic. …


How the census impacts my community and the importance for all family members to be counted regardless of age or immigration status

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By John C. Yang

This year’s decennial census is gathering imperative data giving minority groups a much-needed voice for where the $1.5 trillion of government funding will go annually. The Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities need to be counted accurately and fairly as we have historically been undercounted with one in five Asian Americans, and one in three Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders being part of hard-to-count communities. While it is crucial that all underrepresented groups fill out the census, it is just as important that all children in a household are counted. …


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The potential ban of WeChat, the 5th most-used social app in the world, would have serious impacts on Asian Americans and communities of color

By Vivin Qiang

Prior to the Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat and other Administration actions in the last month, there may have been limited attention devoted to the mobile app developed by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. Despite its seemingly low-profile existence in the United States, WeChat actually has over one billion users worldwide. While most of its users are in China, millions of people in the U.S. also rely on the app to stay in touch with friends, family, customers, and business contacts in China. However, President Trump’s recent actions against WeChat could mean that these connections may be lost forever in the near future, as the Department of Commerce has ordered a ban on prohibiting U.S. …


By Ravindu Ranawaka

Note: Some of the names in this article have been changed at the request of the individuals, all alternative names have been selected by the individuals themselves.

“Family is with whom you create bonds that lasts over time, can change, and grow. You don’t have contact with them every day, but you still love them and care for them.” Bilal Askaryar, an openly gay refugee from Afghanistan experienced migration through means of displacement. During Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Bilal’s grandfather was rounded up and taken into custody for not pledging allegiance to the new regime. As time passed, more and more of Bilal’s family members were imprisoned. Bilal and his parents made the decision to escape to the United States in 1990, after Mujahideen began to occupy Afghanistan after the Soviet departure. Having lost so much in his life, Bilal had to endure further hardship after coming out as gay to his parents, years after resettling in the U.S. …


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Introducing our virtual 2020 Youth Leadership Summit cohort of young leaders from across the country

By John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

In September, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is convening our first VIRTUAL Youth Leadership Summit, convening 12 young leaders online from across the country for our 7th annual Youth Leadership Summit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our young leaders is our priority, and we look forward to hosting our annual convening in this new virtual format during these unprecedented times. …


蘇煒博士的故事被收錄在推進正義協會(AAJC)針對陶豐案件提出的法庭之友書狀中。

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文:草川義世良 | 譯:強雪兒

與眾多美籍亞裔和移民科學家、研究人員一樣,蘇煒博士因為族裔的原因而受到了政府錯誤的指控與審查。

作為一位父親,蘇博士關心著與他兒子同齡的年輕美籍華人。他對當今美籍華人,尤其在政府部門任職的,所面臨的挑戰非常理解。由於對美籍華人和華裔移民的種族偏見,許多美籍華裔科學家都遭受到了錯誤的指控與審查。蘇博士只是其中之一。

入美籍後,蘇博士一直熱愛著美國,並成為一位美國陸軍的科學家,服務了24年。蘇博士曾在中國獲取了工程學學士學位,並一直追尋著他對科學的熱情,在1992年,他獲得了紐約城市大學電氣工程博士學位。在美國陸軍科研部門中,他保持著無可挑剔的良好記錄,他所做的貢獻也得到了認可與尊重,步步升遷,並獲得了多項獎項,其中包括美國陸軍的科研創新成就金獎和白金獎、北約科學成就獎與美國名人錄終身成就獎。

在為美國政府工作的期間,出於對華裔美國人的嚴格審查,蘇博士很少前往中國看望朋友和家人。李文和錯案發生後,蘇博士的朋友們曾勸他離開政府部門。然而,蘇博士並不認為辭去政府公職是一個理智的選擇,因為亞裔美國人在政府中缺乏代表性。蘇博士的正義感和公正感,使他堅信只要不做錯事,遵紀守法,就會安然無恙。他當時就是這麽想的。

不幸的是,盡管有著24年毫無瑕疵的政府工作經歷,聯邦調查局還是在2011年開始審訊他,蘇博士認為針對他的調查開始得更早。他被人監視、並受到逮捕的威脅和剝奪了安全許可的危險。這些調查最終不了了之,也沒有找到任何可以指控他的證據。然而在2015年,五角大樓的綜合裁決機構突然利用不實證據,解除了他的安全許可。為了恢復自己的名譽,蘇博士抗爭了多年。2019年5月,綜合裁決機構撤銷了五角大樓之前解除蘇博士安全許可的決定。在給蘇博士的信中,綜合裁決機構寫著 “五角大樓之前有關撤銷和解除蘇先生安全許可的決定是‘不準確的,現予以撤銷’。”

盡管綜合裁決機構最終撤銷了對蘇博士的錯誤決定,聯邦調查局也不再指責他,但他們對錯案給對蘇博士帶來的巨大傷害並沒有給予任何合理的解釋。他至今仍不知道聯邦調查局憑什麽調查他,所以保持著謹小慎微的習慣。一些其他美國人不假思索的言行,他也會三思而後行。經歷過了伸張正義的這些年月,蘇博士覺得自己是一個身受種族歧視的幸存者。他的遭遇並不是個案,被美國政府起訴的亞裔科學家和研究人員的案例越來越多,華裔族群已成為審查的目標。在這種政治氣氛中,每一位美籍亞裔或亞裔的移民都可能會受到嚴格的審查。

蘇博士為年輕一代的美籍華人感到擔憂,不知還有多少無辜的人會遭受調查、審問或監視?他認為聯邦調查局對他的調查存在著偏見。這種針對美籍華人的行為已帶來了許多弊病。“你應該公平的對待每一個人,而不是根據種族來定性,”蘇博士說道,“當然也會有壞蘋果,但大多數人來到這裏是因為他們熱愛這個國家,也為這個國家付出了巨大的貢獻。你必須公平的對待他們,否則他們就不會來,我們也就會失去他們的貢獻。美國是否美好,在於我們能否處事公正。”

推進正義協會(AAJC)非常關切來自美國政府高層的壓力。打擊中國間諜活動已導致了對華裔、亞裔美國人與移民的形象定性,並頻頻發生錯訴的情況。從對阿拉伯、中東、穆斯林和東南亞族裔社區的監視,到對美籍華裔科學家和研究人員的指控,我們看到了在對待亞裔美國人與移民時的種族歧視與施加莫須有嫌疑的種種規律,以及他們面臨的刻板印象:無論是否是美國公民,無論在美國生活了多久,他們都是永遠的外國人。盡管安全威脅確實存在,我們希望聯邦調查局和政府機構能夠依靠真實的證據,而不是基於對某個種族的懷疑來對整個族群撒下大網。蘇博士一向強調尊重事實的重要性,他說:“如果你有指控,就必須基於事實,而不僅僅是出自於你的想象。調查人員是不應該說謊的,掌握事實才是最重要的。當你認識到他們並未從事任何間諜活動時,卻仍試圖給他貼上間諜的標簽時。。。這就對美籍華人群體造成了負面影響,也不符合我們的憲法原則。”

我們看到了仇外言論的日益增長,也目睹著針對美籍華人與華裔移民的強化審查。這對類似蘇博士的美籍華人造成了不可估量的傷害。從大學到聯邦機構,在全美各部門工作的華裔美國人與移民都感到了恐懼。政府沒有依靠證據和事實,而是依靠種族形象定性和粗略的概論,給整個種族或民族施加了嫌疑,其結果是讓整整一代美籍華人和華裔移民感到雖然在自己的國家裏,卻生活在恐懼之中。

草川義世良是全國美籍亞太裔律師協會(NAPABA)法律基金會社區法律研究員,現任職於推進正義協會(AAJC)

強雪兒是推進正義協會(AAJC)反種族形象定性項目的項目協調員


苏炜博士的故事被收录在推进正义协会(AAJC)针对陶丰案件提出的法庭之友书状中。

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文:草川义世良 | 译:强雪儿

与众多美籍亚裔和移民科学家、研究人员一样,苏炜博士因为族裔的原因而受到了政府错误的审查和骚扰。

作为一位父亲,苏博士关心着与他儿子同龄的年轻美籍华人。他对当今美籍华人,尤其在政府部门任职的,所面临的挑战非常理解。由于对美籍华人和华裔移民的种族偏见,许多美籍华裔科学家都遭受到了错误的指控与审查。苏博士只是其中之一。

入美籍后,苏博士一直热爱着美国,并成为一位美国陆军的科学家,服务了24年。苏博士曾在中国获取了工程学学士学位,并一直追寻着他对科学的热情,在1992年,他获得了纽约城市大学(CUNY)电气工程博士学位。在美国陆军科研部门中,他保持着无可挑剔的良好记录,他所做的贡献也得到了认可与尊重,步步升迁,并获得了多项奖项,其中包括美国陆军的科研创新成就金奖和白金奖、北约科学成就奖与美国名人录终身成就奖。

在为美国政府工作的期间,出于对华裔美国人的严格审查,苏博士很少前往中国看望朋友和家人。李文和错案发生后,苏博士的朋友们曾劝他离开政府部门。然而,苏博士并不认为辞去政府公职是一个理智的选择,因为亚裔美国人在政府中缺乏代表性。苏博士的正义感和公正感,使他坚信只要不做错事,遵纪守法,就会安然无恙。他当时就是这么想的。

不幸的是,尽管有着24年毫无瑕疵的政府工作经历,联邦调查局还是在2011年开始审讯他,苏博士认为针对他的调查开始得更早。他被人监视、并受到逮捕的威胁和剥夺了安全许可的危险。这些调查最终不了了之,也没有找到任何可以指控他的证据。然而在2015年,五角大楼的综合裁决机构突然利用不实证据,解除了他的安全许可。为了恢复自己的名誉,苏博士抗争了多年。2019年5月,综合裁决机构撤销了五角大楼之前解除苏博士安全许可的决定。在给苏博士的信中,综合裁决机构写着 “五角大楼之前有关撤销和解除苏先生安全许可的决定是不准确的,所以全部撤销’”

尽管综合裁决机构最终撤销了对苏博士的错误决定,联邦调查局也不再指责他,但他们对错案给对苏博士带来的巨大伤害并没有给予任何合理的解释。他至今仍不知道联邦调查局凭什么调查他,所以保持着谨小慎微的习惯。一些其他美国人不假思索的言行,他也会三思而后行。经历过了伸张正义的这些年月,苏博士觉得自己是一个身受种族歧视的幸存者。他的遭遇并不是个案,被美国政府起诉的华裔科学家和研究人员的案例越来越多,华裔族群已成了审查的目标。在这政治气氛中,每一位美籍亚裔或亚裔的移民都可能会受到严格的审查。

苏博士为年轻一代的美籍华人感到担忧,不知还有多少无辜的人会遭受调查、审问或监视?他认为联邦调查局对他的调查存在着偏见。这种针对美籍华人的行为已带来了许多弊病。“你应该公平的对待每一个人,而不是根据种族来定性,”苏博士说道,“当然也会有坏苹果,但大多数人来到这里是因为他们热爱这个国家,也为这个国家付出了巨大的贡献。你必须公平的对待他们,否则他们就不会来,我们也就会失去他们的贡献。美国是否美好,在于我们能否处事公正。”

推进正义协会(AAJC)非常关切来自美国政府高层的压力。打击中国间谍活动已导致了对华裔、亚裔美国人与移民的形象定性,并发生错诉的情况。从对阿拉伯、中东、穆斯林和东南亚族裔社区的监视,到对美籍华裔科学家和研究人员的诉讼,我们看到了在对待亚裔美国人与移民时的种族歧视与莫须有嫌疑的规律,以及他们面临的刻板印象:无论是否美国公民,无论在美国生活了多久,他们都是永远的外国人。尽管安全威胁确实存在,我们希望联邦调查局和政府机构能够依靠真实的证据,而不是基于对某个种族的怀疑来对整个族群撒下大网。苏博士一向强调尊重事实的重要性,他说:“如果你有指控,就必须基于事实,而不仅仅是出自于你的想象。调查人员是不应该说谎的,掌握事实才是最重要的。当你认识到他们并未从事任何间谍活动时,却仍试图给他贴上间谍的标签时。。。这就对美籍华人群体造成了创伤,也不符合我们的宪法原则。”

我们看到了仇外言论的日益增长,也目睹着针对美籍华人与华裔移民的强化审查。这对类似苏博士的美籍华人造成了不可估量的伤害。从大学到联邦机构,在全美各部门工作的华裔美国人与移民都感到了恐惧。政府没有依靠证据和事实,而是依靠种族形象定性和粗略的概论,给整个种族或民族施加了嫌疑,其结果是让整整一代美籍华人和华裔移民感到虽然在自己的国家里,却生活在恐惧之中。

草川义世良是全国美籍亚太裔律师协会(NAPABA)法律基金会的社区法律研究员,现任职于推进正义协会(AAJC)

强雪儿是推进正义协会(AAJC)反种族形象定性项目的项目协调员


Dr. Su is one of many Asian American and immigrant scientists and researchers targeted by overzealous government prosecutions and misguided scrutiny based on ethnicity.

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Dr. Wei Su is a husband and father. He is concerned for the younger generation of Chinese Americans, like his son. Dr. Su understands very well the challenges that Chinese Americans face, particularly when working in the government. …

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