America's Political Establishment Viewed AsAms as Weaklings
Location: Dem. National Committee (DNC) in D.C
Background: S. B. Woo was Delaware's Lt. Governor. He was running for
US Senate as a Democrat* and visiting the DNC, having a
meeting with the Chair of the DNC Senate Campaign Comm.
At the time of that particular visit, Woo's prospects looked very
bright, he had raised a lot of money, and his polls against the
GOP's incumbent Senator Bill Roth looked good, although later
Woo was badly beaten by Roth in the general election.
After the meeting was over, Woo and the Chair were saying good bye. The Chair put his arm on Woo's shoulder, and looked Woo in his eyes and said, "Both political parties and the national media knew that the best way to deal with Asian Americans, even your activists, is to ignore them long enough or just tell them to go away.”
Why was it said to Woo? My best guess is that the Chair thought I might soon be a part of America's political establishment. Like so many AsAm politicians in the past, I'd soon be siding with the establishment and betraying the rightful interests of AsAms. As a result, I'd incur the anger of the AsAm activists, and the Chair is foretelling me not to worry. There is an easy solution: just ignore the AsAm activists or just tell them to go away.
Why am I telling this story now?** Sen. Blackburn's outrageous insult to our heritage! Let no AsAm feel that we've been ignored long enough and therefore it is time to quit.
Blackburn is a US Senator whose words influence a lot of people. We’ll need to either get her to withdraw her tweet and apologize to us, or punish her severely in a very convincing and visible manner for her affront, or defeat her in her re-election bid in 2024.
Let words go forwardthat this generation of AsAms have long memories and plenty of sustaining power.
"This proposal comes as faculty members escalate opposition to criminal cases and the U.S. balances international academic collaboration with proper disclosure." One well-known example of "faculty members escalate opposition" is the case involving Prof. Gang Chen of MIT. See a Boston Globe article entitled "MIT president and faculty members defend professor arrested for China ties". The MIT professors circulated a letter on social media entitled "We are all Gang Chen."