Tens of Chinese Am. institutions were alleged, without evidence,by aHoover Institute (H.I.) article as being duped by the Chinese government thereby possibly endangering the U.S. interests.
After 8 weeks, all institutions including the Committee of 100, which was particularly blatantly accused, were silent. The World Journal was the only exception. It protested, but was ignored.
The silence of all but one accused institutions, leaves the Chinese-Am community, not to mention the specifically named institutions, under heavy suspicion. It also creates the impression that our community is so timid that we could be intimidated into silent acceptance of "guilt" without wrongdoing.
To erase such damaging impressions on our community, 80-20 EF took action to write the 2 co-chairs of the H.I. article on12/29.2018.
Woo's Letter to the 2 Co-Chairs of the H.I. article
My name is S.B. Woo, Former Lt. Governor of Delaware and current president of 80-20 Educational Foundation, which is by far the largest Asian American political organization. I write to request if you have any direct evidence that George Koo was "openly sympathetic to the goals of Chinese Communist Party." George Koo is the writer whom you refer to in footnote 20 of your Section 3 entitled "The Chinese American community" in your "Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance" article. A verbatim quote of footnote 20 is shown below. Emphasis are added.
"The Chinese embassy also targets prominent Chinese Americans through the Committee of 100, an organization of the most elite Chinese Americans in the United States. Committee members report significant pressure from the Chinese consulate on committee members to toe the Party line. Some prominent Committee members are openly sympathetic to the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. One of them is George Koo, who in addition to serving in a senior position on the committee is also listed as an 'overseas director of the China Overseas Friendship Association, based in Beijing."
If you have evidence, please share it with me and the entire Chinese American community. If you don't, then I demand that you retract the statement and apologize to the Chinese American community, and George Koo.
Let me illustrate to you the degrees of your affront and the need for your public apology.
First, when one of you, namely Orville Schell was "critical of the United States role in Indochina during the Vietnam War and supportive of establish-ing diplomatic relations with the PRC", was he "openly sympathetic to the goals of Chinese Communist Party", or was Mr. Schell simply exercising his patriotic duty to remind our govern-ment of its possible mistaken policies? The first quote was taken from Wikipedia on Orville Schell. Are you applying the same standard to George Koo?
Secondly, unless you can present evidence that the C-100 "members report significant pressure from the Chinese consulate on committee members to toe the Party line", you become suspects for using McCarthy era tactics to intimidate C-100 and/or the entire Chinese American community. You must urgently present such evidence. Otherwise, you cast doubts on the accuracy and worth of your entire article. 80-20 Educational Foundation under separate covers has openly called for the Committee of 100 to either deny your allegation or promise the Asian American community to stop such inference from China henceforth.
Thirdly, while you repeatedly warned NOT to "demonize Chinese Americans or their feeling for and pride in China", you went out of your ways to taint a writer like George Koo, who has exercised the same freedom of speech and patriotic duty as Orville Schell did. The only difference is that George is a Chinese American. So are you racists or just being hypocritical in your statements, if you don't apologize?
I await to hear from you, hopefully within several days. If you need more time, please let me know and state your reasons. If I don't hear from you, then 80-20 Educational Foundation together with other Asian-/Chinese-American organizations shall take appropriate action to call our nation's attention to your racist double standards. We'll also call attention to your attempt to suppress the freedom of speech by Chinese Americans and intimidate the same community by a contrived attempt to tie our community to the Chinese communist Party without any evidence.
Frankly, if you don't clarify, present evidence to back up your allegations or retract the statements and apologize, your behavior is worse than that of those totalitarian governments you purport to object.
The lack of integrity and worth of your entire article will be the laughing stock of the world.
S. B. Woo President
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.
Within Hours Both Co-Chairs Responded
One promised "a substantive reply within a week." The other provided some background information on the history of this H.I. article. No substantive conversation has occurred yet. You can count on 80-20 EF to be courageous and diligent in guarding your rightful interests.
AsAms are nationally the best educated with the largest % of population having a bachelor's or higher degree. We have the highest per person & highest per familyincome. Yet our adults face the lowest glass ceiling in workplaces and our children face the tallest barrier in entering elite colleges. To what extent is ourtimidity the cause of this shameful contrast
Did our rich folks step up to initiate political or legal actions to challenge
the perplexing realities? NO!
Did our more than 50,000 lawyers, many being graduates of Ivy League law schools, volunteer to fight the injustice against us? NO!
Is it because we don't know how to organize to benefit from collective actions? NO!
Our lawyers have formed the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, NAPABA, since 1996. It has all the normal activities of a professional org., except for relieving our community's miseries. As lawyers, their inability to see the injustice suffered by their own people amazes our entire community.
Our rich people have organized the Committee of 100, C-100, since 1990. Its aim is to improve US-China relations, which is noble. When the relationship was smooth, they visited with the leaders of China and Taiwan and posted pictures to C-100's website. When the relationship has soured these days, they seem to hide. The following shows how timid C-100 is.
"The Chinese embassy also targets prominent Chinese Americans through theCommittee of 100, an organization of the most elite
Chinese Americans in the United States. Committee members report significant pressure from the Chinese consulate on committee
members to toe the Party line. Some prominent Committee members
are openly sympathetic to the goals of the Chinese Communist Party.
One of them is George Koo, who in addition to serving in a senior
position on the committee is also listed as an 'overseas director' of the China Overseas Friendship Association, based in Beijing."
7 weeks later, C-100 still has not responded. If the pressure from China was true, C-100 must publicly tell our community how it'll guard against such interference. If itwas not true, then H.I. may be guilty of McCarthy era-like intimidation against Chinese Ams. C-100 ought to take H.I. to task. 80-20 EF will strongly support C-100.
More importantly, C-100 has not responded to the slander against its own member, Geroge Koo. George's articles, just like those of many of our other 'China hands,' have supported China's views sometimes. Is that equivalent to supporting "the goals of the Chinese Communist Party?" I've never heard such a description used against a non-Chinese-Am commentator before.
This is an obvious racist attempt by H.I. to intimidate us. I'll write to demand its retraction of description of Geroge Koo and apology.
Will C-100 ever shed its timidity to pick up H.I.'s gauntlet?
We are NOT accusing C-100 and NAPABA.
We Actually look to them for LEADERSHIP.
I beg for forgiveness from members of C-100 & NAPABA for giving you the worst interpretation & using sharp words. My aim is to get you to begin asserting your leadership in the service of our community at a tough time. We Americans believe in "When the going get tough, the tough gets going." If you don't think you are timid, then prove it to us in the field. EF will love to work with you to empower our community together.
Happy Holidays, Asian Americans. I am trying to serve you the best I now how.