Students: Support for fair investigations
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.