80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation ("80-20 EF"), by far the largest political education organization in the country, urges Asian Americans to speak up at a Stanford forum this coming Monday (February 11, 2018).
to a larger room to accommodate people responding to EF's call :-)]
616 Serra Mall, Stanford,CA 94305.
Required:Must RSVP by 5PM February 10. Click here to register.
The panel speakers include scholars who co-wrote the Hoover Institute ("H.I.") report, "Chinese Influence & American Interests," with Section 3 entitled "The Chinese American Community." In the H.I. report, they insinuated that Chinese Americans are endangering American interests or are under the influence of the Chinese government when these Chinese Americans help China legally, promote the peaceful reunification of China, or criticize U.S. foreign policy regarding China.
The Board of Directors of 80-20 EF views the allegations of these "scholars" as completely unjustified, and are loath their possible attempt to intimidate the Chinese American community. These "scholars" seem so politically worked up about Big Power politics that they have forgotten the human nature of naturalized citizens and the Constitutional Rights of US citizens. Hopefully, they will revise their writings & apologize to the Chinese Am. community. Otherwise, the H.I. report will be known as the least scholarly article ever written by a group of 32 "scholars."
80-20 EF takes inspiration from the words of the late Judge Vincent Bifferato of Delaware, America's First State, spoken at S.B. Woo's naturalization ceremony:
"Let me assure you that you don't need to stop caring or helping the people in your old country. . . . The U.S. is a greater nation than that. America , a nation of immigrants, knows that people, who can turn their backs to their people instantly today after one ceremony, can turn their back to Americans tomorrow. Instant loyalty doesn't imply good citizenship. Take your time to know your new country. Examine America's core values. Experience America's sense of liberty, justice and equal opportunity. I feel certain that you will get to like America and perhaps love it. America is not perfect, and will need your input and tender-loving care to help make it "a more perfect union" as our forefathers had hoped."
80-20 EF has urged Asian Americans to go to this forum to defend our rights to help other countries in peace time while doing our part to make America "a more perfect union."