Many Asians worship government officials - the higher the rank, the more unreasoning and unquestioning the worship. Asian Americans should not follow this Asian tradition. Unfortunately, many of us still do.
Accepting this feudal Asian tradition has hurt us in 2 ways:
(1) Many AsAm elected officials were not working hard for our rightful interests. For example, almost none of the elected AsAm state Senators and Assembly-persons in CA showed up to defend our children's equal opportunity to college admissions. They voted to allow a referendum vote on Prop. 16. Eventually, Prop.16 was defeated because 80-20 helped lead the opposition from afar, defeating Prop. 16 by a landslide - 53% to 47%.
(2) Our love & respect for elected AsAm officials should be based on their SERVICE to our community, not their ranks. Otherwise, we are encouraging these officials to focus on seeking higher offices to win my admiration rather than performing better service.
Recommended Remedy: Treat our elected AsAm officials as our public servants, not as parent-officials, which Confucian philosophy advocated millennia ago. Reward our public servants for good service. Punish them for significant deficiencies.
For unknown reasons, AsAm civic organizations have consistently treated victims of our government's shameful racial profiling policy, as heroes once the victims have been acquitted. We should NOT!
The black community often treated the victims of civil right movements, whether murdered, beaten or jailed, as heroes. But these victims were normally fierce fighters, who knowingly risked imprisonment or even death for the civil rights of their community.
Our victims, be they Wenho Lee, Sherry Chen, Prof. Xiaoxing Xi, or Dr. Anming Hu are scientists who have not knowingly risked themselves for the benefit of our community, but who unfortunately were racially profiled by some incompetent FBI agents. We should help them financially, morally and legally and get them acquitted. However, if we treat our acquitted victims as heroes, then we must face the following outrageous irony: our community allows incompetent FBI agents to pick our community's heroes.
Recommended Remedy: Don't treat our race-profiled AsAm victims as heroes. They were unfortunate. They deserve our sympathy and help but not admiration.
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Justice Achieved: Prof. Anming Hu acquitted on all 3 charges
How did 80-20 help to turn things around?
We didn't do it alone. We worked with Anming's lawyer, Phil Lomonaco, political officials including our nation's Attorney General, and other like-minded AsAm orgs.* Following is how 80-20 turned this outrageous injustice into justice achieved and victory.
(1)First, we broadcast the injustice:
On 6/21/21, 80-20's first e-newsletter about the plight of Prof. Hu & his family was published: Wrongful acts of FBI agents violate our rights. 80-20 requested the 180,000 AsAms on our e-mail list to forward the news of this injustice to their friends. I personally contacted Sens. Chris Coons, Tom Carper, and Tammy Duckworth, attaching the above e-newsletter. I also wrote to Attorney General Garland, but didn't publish its contents.
Sen. Carper forwarded my electronic letter to the A.G. and requested to be copied in when the A.G. would reply to Woo. Sen. Coons and Duckworth each wrote directly to the A.G., requesting a reply from the A.G. and copied Woo in.
80-20, being deeply aware of the plight of Prof. HU's family, donated $10,000 and urged all AsAms to donate to demonstrate the spirit of a close-knit family.
(2) Next, 80-20 patiently let its political seeds incubate & grow
Another 4 weeks later, more than $40K from 80-20 supporters have been donated to Hu's family. Even more important was that DOJ began to respond positively. Read Making Progress with the DOJ (08/02/2021). By today DOJ has already dismissed 11 cases against Chinese scientists, since receiving Woo's letter.
80-20 took pains to pass the very positive feedback from the 3 Senators and the seemingly encouraging actions of DOJ's to Hu's lawyer Phil. We knew that Phil, knowing how politics works in America, will make good use of such info and spread it around TN's legal circle.
(3) We Harvest what our community has toiled to produce
On 7/30/2021 Phil Lomonaco filed a motion for Judgment of acquittal. Yesterday, on 9/9/21, the good United States District Judge Thomas A. Varlan acquitted Anming Hu on all charges.
This entire struggle took 2.5 months for 80-20. Justice won. Together, we shall overcome.
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*SomeAsAm orgs. focused on getting rid of DOJ's "China Initiative" program
which investigates many Chinese scientists. 80-20 didn't. 80-20 sees "China Initiative" as an inevitable by-product of the current US-China relations. 80-20 chooses to focus on defeating any injustice befallen on AsAms.