Stu­dents: Sup­port for fair in­ves­ti­ga­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

never ex­cuses an at­tempt to cat­e­go­rize an en­tire group of peo­ple as a threat to our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

She said “the nar­ra­tive is un­for­tu­nately not new, and should not be per­pet­u­ated by our coun­try’s high­est law en­force­ment of­fi­cials”.

The Com­mit­tee of 100, a non-profit lead­er­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion of promi­nent Chi­nese Amer­i­cans, also re­leased a state­ment about last week’s tes­ti­mony.

“The Com­mit­tee of 100 is un­equiv­o­cally com­mit­ted to Amer­ica’s na­tional se­cu­rity and rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing our na­tion is able to coun­ter­act per­ils from es­pi­onage. How­ever, C100 sup­ports fair and ap­pro­pri­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion, pros­e­cu­tion and pun­ish­ment of es­pi­onage that is based on the ev­i­dence and not on pro­fil­ing or sus­pi­cion based on race, eth­nic­ity or na­tional ori­gin.

“For over 160 years, de­spite the stereo­type of be­ing ‘per­pet­ual for­eign­ers,’ Chi­nese im­mi­grants, many of whom first ar­rived as stu­dents, have con­trib­uted im­mea­sur­ably to the rich­ness and suc­cess of the United States, in­clud­ing eight Chi­nese Amer­i­cans win­ning No­bel prizes in the sci­ences while work­ing in Amer­ica,” said Frank H. Wu, C100 chair­man. “In ev­ery field from the arts to the sci­ences, busi­ness to en­ter­tain­ment, politics to sports, Chi­nese Amer­i­cans are loyal and hard-work­ing cit­i­zens no dif­fer­ent than their neigh­bors.”

The United Chi­nese Amer­i­cans (UCA), a na­tion­wide non-profit and non­par­ti­san group, said that the re­marks “are deeply trou­bling and of grave con­cerns among Chi­nese Amer­i­cans and Asian Amer­i­cans”.

“UCA mem­bers are proud Amer­i­cans. We up­hold vig­or­ous na­tional se­cu­rity stan­dards. How­ever, paint­ing all Chi­nese stu­dents and in­deed Chi­nese in Amer­ica with such a broad brush as a na­tional se­cu­rity threat is para­noid, in­flam­ma­tory, un-Amer­i­can and sim­ply wrong,” the group said in a state­ment.

Ber­lin Fang, a US-based colum­nist and lit­er­ary trans­la­tor, told China Daily that “if es­pi­onage is­sues are en­coun­tered, they should be tack­led case by case in­stead of smear­ing an en­tire eth­nic group and cre­at­ing social di­vi­sions”.

“Even if there are com­pe­ti­tions and con­flicts be­tween coun­tries, the stu­dents and schol­ars, most of whom are in­no­cent, should not be im­pli­cated,” he said.

Fang be­lieves that the re­marks can stir panic and sus­pi­cion on US cam­puses.

“Many Amer­i­can teach­ers have lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of China and the Chi­nese cul­ture. So they might be­come sus­pi­cious af­ter hear­ing that; the teach­ing at­mos­phere could be de­stroyed,” he said.

On social me­dia site Sina Weibo, the user Global Busi­ness­manW said: “There will be more ob­sta­cles for Chi­nese to study STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) and en­ter the high-tech in­dus­try (in the US), not to men­tion be­com­ing cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives.”

“Half of China’s top stu­dents come to study in the US, and have made a great con­tri­bu­tion to US science and tech­nol­ogy,” user Fon­sony wrote.

“They were ly­ing through their teeth and dam­ag­ing the in­ter­ests of oth­ers for their own sake. They are the real threats to the fu­ture of the US,” user Hbyzy said.

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