16 Feb 2018 | Committee of 100
Committee of 100 Denounces Broad Brush Stereotyping and Targeting of Chinese Students and Academics
(New York, NY, February 16, 2018) — In recent remarks to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray opined that Chinese academics or “non-traditional collectors” — “professors, scientists, students” studying and working in the United States in “basically every discipline” — may be covertly gathering intelligence for the Chinese government.
The Committee of 100 (C100), a non-partisan organization of illustrious Chinese Americans committed to promoting constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the U.S. and China, and the full inclusion of Chinese Americans in the U.S., finds these comments to be disturbing and prejudicial.
To target a whole group of people as being subject to greater suspicion, based purely on race and national origin, and in advance of any facts or evidence, goes against the fundamental American ideals of the presumption of innocence, due process and equal protection for all. It also fans the flames of hysteria.
We have seen instances in our history when Asian Americans have encountered such racial prejudice resulting in discriminatory laws and harmful actions, whether through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 or the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
These incidences have been shameful chapters in American history, ones that we must collectively, as a nation, commit to not repeating. We need to learn the lessons of history, we need to do better by one another.
- FBI Director Chris Wray says the Chinese ‘have turned more and more to more creative avenues using non-traditional collectors’ of information
- Spoke during the Senate intelligence committee’s annual open hearing on the greatest threats to the country
- ‘It’s not just in major cities. It’s in small ones as well, it’s across basically every discipline’, he said.
- Senators were told Chinese telecoms companies have ‘extraordinary ties to the country’s government’
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the US had no need to ‘feel insecure’
- ‘There is no such thing as absolute security. One country’s security can’t be put before another country’s security’, he said.
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.
Within the last two decades, we have seen this rush-to-judgement in the cases of Dr. Wen Ho Lee, Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, and Ms. Sherry Chen — all Chinese American scientists or federal employees who were unjustly prosecuted based on suspicion of their ancestry, but who were later found to be innocent of wrongdoing, though not before having their lives ruined.
“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 8 Chinese Americans winning Nobel prizes in the sciences while working in America,” notes Frank H. Wu, Chairman of C100.
“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.”
At this time when there is great potential for polarization and misunderstanding, C100 cautions against stoking fears through broad-brush stereotyping of any group of people. As Americans, we need to speak up and renew our commitment to upholding our cherished principles of the presumption of innocence and due process for all.
The Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-profit leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. Founded by world renowned architect I.M. Pei and internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, among others, it is an institution for U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage to join by invitation based on their extraordinary achievements.
For over 25 years, C100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the twin missions of promoting full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life, and encouraging constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China. www.committee100.org.
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(美国纽约州纽约市，2018年2月16日) — 在最近一次美国联邦参议院情报委员会的听证中，联邦调查局局长克里斯托弗·雷(Christopher Wray)表示，在美国“几乎所有领域”中均有“教授、科研人员、学生”在学习和工作；这些或可称之为“非传统的情报收集人员”的中国学者有可能秘密地在为中国政府收集情报。百人会(Committee of 100)作为一个致力于促进中美两国人民和领导层之间建设性对话关系，并以全面促进华裔美国人融入美国社会为己任的无党派杰出美籍华人组织，认为以上这种言论非常令人不安、指责过分标签化且存在着十分不必要的偏见。在摆出任何事实和证据之前，仅以纯粹的种族和出生地就对一个群体发出如此巨大的怀疑，这种行为不但违背了无罪推定、正当程序以及平等保护等美国宪法的根基理念，也容易煽动歇斯底里的不当情绪。