Monday, September 10, 2018

Fast worsening BIG political picture

The BIG political picture affects ALL of us.

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                          A Rapidly Worsening BIG Political Picture

1) Dec., 2017   Pres. Trump issued his National Security Strategy of 2018

The president declared that terrorism, the no.1 threat to Am. since 2001, is no longer so.  The big power competition is back.  China is now our nation's worst threat.

2) Jan. 19, 18    Sec. Mattis issued his National Defense Strategy of 2018

General Mattis stated explicitly in the 3rd paragraph:
"China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to
intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South
China Sea.  Russia ..... 
North Korea .... Iran .... ISIS ...."

3) Feb. 13, 18   FBI director Wray made this statement in the US Senate:

" ..  the China threat is not just a whole-of-government threat, 
but a whole-of-society threat on their end.   And I think it's 
going to take a WHOLE-OF-SOCIETY response by us."

     A group of 14 AsAm orgs., led by Committee of 100, wrote to Director Wray requesting a meeting to clarify his statement. 80-20 EF told the group that without hinting the possible political repercussion to come from our community, if he didn't meet with us, the letter was politically too naive to be effective and refused to co-sign. 7 months later, Director Wray still has not even bothered to reply to that group. Handling politics requires political know-how.

          The WHOLE-OF- SOCIETY Approach Being Implemented!

4) May 24, 18 The U.S. House passed a law, which would have adversely impacted any Chinese Ams having held a temporary job in China, Hong Kong & Macau. This law was so ill-thought-out that it violated the US Constitution, besides smelling like the beginning of a modern version of the "Chinese Exclusion Act."

              When 80-20 learned about its passage, it worked behind   the scenes to defeat it by inducing the Senate to reject that law. Again, 80-20 proved its political effectiveness.

5) Aug, 8, 18   Pres. Trump, in a meeting with many business leaders, called 'most Chinese students in the U. S. spies,' according to "Politico". The White House never denied that statement. But some Chinese- Am. Republicans wrote me saying it's not true. Sigh! How ignorant!

6), 7), 8) ..., etc. Many more instances of bad news will come. We've forecast that before, & were unfortunately right. Our government is imple-menting a whole-of-society approach against Chinese nationals, and Chinese/Asian Ams will suffer collateral damage.

                                       Why We Should Worry     

     We are eager to help make America stronger.  But we need to worry about 2 aspects of these developments:

a) Are we to adopt China's totalitarian whole-of-society approach to counter 
    China?  Would it be consistent with American values?  Is it ironic?
b) The whole-of-society approach will without doubt cause collateral  
     damage.  Has Director Wray found a way to differentiate Chinese
     Americans from Chinese nationals on the street, in classrooms, eating in 
     restaurants, traveling on airplanes?  Might it even spill into our upward 
     mobility in jobs and our children's admission to schools and colleges?

         Indeed, may one expect to differentiate Vietnamese-, Japanese-, or              Cambodian-Americans from Chinese nationals?  Do we remember that 
     Vincent Chin was killed because the murderers took him to be a Japanese?
         When India becomes competitive economically with America, will there
      be a whole-of-society approach to guard against Indian nationals, and
      will Indian-Ams then share the fate of today's Chinese-Ams?

                                             The ONLY Solution
     UNITE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, AND TOGETHER ADOPT POLITICALLY EFFECTIVE MEASURES.  Unite whether we are Republicans or Democrats, East Asian-, South East Asian- or South Asian-Americans.   We urgently need the strength of UNITY.
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S. B. Woo

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