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Who’s Chinese and Asian American? Paula Madison!

Who’s Chinese and Asian American? Paula Madison!

I traveled to Washington, DC to the United Chinese Americans convention to speak on a panel about the civil rights legacy of Asian Americans on September 28, 2018. I had never been to a UCA event before, though I had heard of the fine work by Haipei Shue to support Sherry Chen, Xiaoxing Xi and other law-abiding Chinese Americans against the trumped up arrests and persecution by FBI and feds under the guise of “national security.” I was eager to get to know the UCA, as well as to join the panel with Frank Wu, John Yang and Floyd Mori, all terrific API community advocates. Our plenary session seemed to go well, but when audience questions were invited, a hand shot up: it was my journalist colleague and friend from…
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Trump Deportations Worse than during McCarthy Era Inquisitions

Trump Deportations Worse than during McCarthy Era Inquisitions

My mother and father had separately fled from China in the mid-20th Century. They met in New York City, both exiles from war, revolution and chaos. My father believed that, if he returned to China, he'd be arrested, persecuted, even killed because of his strong opinions about its government. My mother had also fled China, escaping from Shanghai in May 1949 with her sister’s family, just before the Communists marched in to that cosmopolitan city. (more…)
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