Chinese for Affirmative Action
- 1 Stop AAPI Hate
- 2 Joint Op-Ed blaming President Trump for alleged anti-Asian sentiment
- 3 Founders
- 4 Partners
- 5 Russ Lowe gives tribute to Bill Jeong
- 6 Judy Chu: Trump policy is 'racist'
- 7 Past personnel
- 8 2003 staff
- 9 2003-2004 Board of Trustees
- 10 Leaders
- 11 Staff
- 12 CAA Board
- 13 AACRE Trustees
- 14 End National Security Scapegoating
- 15 Support City College of San Francisco
- 16 Proposition N
- 17 References
Stop AAPI Hate
San Francisco State University, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council in Los Angeles and Chinese for Affirmative Action have launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting website to track reports of discrimination, including "micro-aggressions".
Joint Op-Ed blaming President Trump for alleged anti-Asian sentiment
Stop AAPI Hate founders Russell Jeung, chair and professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, Manjusha Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action wrote a joint op-ed published at the Los Angeles Times titled "Op-Ed: Trump’s racist comments are fueling hate crimes against Asian Americans. Time for state leaders to step in" published on April 1 2020.
- After news of the coronavirus broke in January, Asian Americans almost immediately experienced racial taunts on school campuses, shunning on public transit and cyber-bullying on social media. When President Trump insisted on labeling the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” in early March, these attacks became more virulent and common.
- The FBI now warns of an increase of hate crimes against Asian Americans, but we’ve already experienced a surge. Since the Stop AAPI Hate website, a project of the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action, launched on March 19 to track anti-Asian harassment, it has received more than 1,000 reports from people in 32 states detailing verbal abuse, denial of services, discrimination on the job or physical assaults.
- Several people have reported others coughing at them, including this frightening incident: “A white man on open sidewalk approached and stepped directly in front of me and coughed in extremely exaggerated manner in my face — loudly, mouth wide open, about 2 feet from my face, said ‘take my virus.’”
- Germaine Wong is currently board co-chair of Chinese for Affirmative Action. Forty-three years ago she co-founded the organization with four other people. CAA came out of the thriving U.S. civil rights movement in 1969 to fight for equal rights for the Chinese community.
- Ling-Chi Wang helped establish Asian American Studies and taught its first course in 1969. He is a founder of Chinese for Affirmative Action and the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Lillian Sing,
- Buddy Choi
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The following organizations were listed as "partners" on the Chinese for Affirmative Action Organization Report 2016-2017:
California API Budget Partnership
- Asian Americans for Community Involvement
- Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
- Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council
- Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
- Korean Resource Center
- Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance
- Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment
- Southeast Asian Resource Action Center
- Union of Pan Asian Communities
Communities United for Health and Justice
Good Jobs for All Collaborative
San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network
- African Advocacy Network
- Arab Resource & Organizing Center
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
- Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
- Central American Resource Center
- Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Dolores Street Community Services
- Filipino Community Center
- La Raza Centro Legal
- La Raza Community Resource Center
- Mujeres Unidas y Activas
- People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights
- Causa Justa/Just Cause
San Francisco Language Access Network
Russ Lowe gives tribute to Bill Jeong
- "CAA mourns the loss of William "Bill" Jeong, a long time board member and community leader. Bill generously gave his time and was a staunch supporter of CAA’s mission to defend and promote the civil rights of Chinese and Asian Americans.
- "In memory of Bill, CAA former staff Russ Lowe wrote a letter commemorating Bill's early life, where he began his passion for helping the Chinese community at Cal Poly."
Judy Chu: Trump policy is 'racist'
- "Under Obama, Chinese students were able to secure 5 year visas to study. Now under Trump? 1 year. Increased suspicion of Chinese students reflect a growing tension between the US and China and have had real ramifications on the Chinese American community (i.e. Wen Ho Lee, Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, Etc)
- "It is a sentiment that some, such as Representative Judy Chu, Democrat of California, believe underscores a tone of racism behind the policy change. The restrictions, she said, equate to targeting 'an entire ethnic group of people for suspicion that they’re spies for China.'"
- Julie Tang - original staffer, proud leftist. Judge.
- David Chiu - past president Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Henry Der - past executive director Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Katheryn Wong - past executive director Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Diane Chin - past executive director Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Ted Wang - staff
- Luna Yasui - former policy director Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Hoy Yung Poon - staff
- Christina Mei-Yue Wong - staff
- Ching-In Chen, Employment Advocate
- Brian Cheu, Interim Executive Director
- Leo Chyi, Employment Coordinator
- Tara Hui, Community Advocate
- Rachel Kahn, Administrative Director
- Rachel Kim, Development Director
- Bianca Lee, Intake Coordinator/Receptionist
- Vivek Malhotra, Legislative Advocate
- Stella Ng, Employment Advocate
- Le Quach, Employment Advocate
- Theodore Hsien Wang, Policy Director
- Christina Wong, Policy Advocate
2003-2004 Board of Trustees
- Steven Owyang, Chair
- Lester Olmstead-Rose, Treasurer
- Helen S. Chin, Secretary
- Annette Carnegie
- Herb Castillo
- Gregory Z. Chen
- Robert Chen
- Bernadette Chi
- David Chiu
- Leon Chow
- Lovely Dhillon
- Bill Jeong
- Keith Kamisugi
- Teresa L. Lai
- Frances Lee
- Jack W. Lee
- Taeku Lee
- Kent Lim
- Wilfred Lim
- Goodwin Liu
- Rolland Lowe
- Joe Lucero
- Laura Luster
- Shauna Marshall
- Kathy Owyang Turner
- Belinda Reyes
- Wondie Russell
- Ling-chi Wang
- Angie Wei
- Georgette Wong
- Germaine Wong
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) June 27, 2017.
- Fany Chan - Community Advocate – Employment Program
- Steph Chan - Community Advocate – Employment Program bonita-cheng-thumbnail
- Bonita Cheng - Program and Administrative Assistant
- Molly Cho - Administrative Manager cynthia-choi
- Cynthia Choi - Co-Executive Director
- John Fong - Director of Finance and Operations
- Kenzi Hilario - Advocacy Fellow
- Victor Hui - Technology Manager
- Eugene Lau- Communications Manager
- Wendy Liang - Administrative Assistant
- Amy Lin - Immigrant Rights Program Manager
- Linda Liu - Community Advocate – Employment Program
- Jose Ng - Immigrant Rights Community Advocate
- Darin Ow-Wing - Director of Development
- Vincent Pan - Co-Executive Director
- Hong Mei Pang - Director of Advocacy
- Wai Yee Poon - Community Engagement Coordinator
- Santosh Seeram-Santana - Legislative Director
- Annette Wong - Director of Programs
- Katheryn Fong - Corporate and Nonprofit Executive (Retired)
- Elvin Geng - UCSF School of Medicine
- William Jeong - PG&E (Retired)
- Xiangyan Liu - UC Santa Cruz
- Randall Lowe (Board Chair)
- Guillermo Rodriguez - The Trust for Public Land)
- Benson Tran - Optima Investment Management
- Anna Wang - Stanford Law School
- Germaine Wong - (Chair Emeritus)
- Randall Yip- ABC7 /KGO-TV
- Eddy Zheng - Asian Prisoner Support Committee (Vice Chair)
In 2012, CAA re-launched Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) to be of service to grassroots social justice efforts. AACRE is now home to nine Asian American and Pacific Islander groups connected by shared values and organizational infrastructure. In addition to the CAA Board that governs Chinese for Affirmative Action, a group of AACRE Trustees has oversight responsibilities for the network. The Trustees are:
- Celia W. Lee, Chair Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
- Lisa K. Lee, Secretary Pandora
- Victoria Wong, Treasurer - Office of the City Attorney
- Jeff Chang - Author, Journalist
- Christopher Jocson - TripAdvisor
- Daniel Lee - Facebook
- Germaine Wong -Consultant
End National Security Scapegoating
In early October 2017, Chinese for Affirmative Action joined Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and notable community leaders Henry Der, Ling-chi Wang, and Helen Zia to form the End National Security Scapegoating (ENSS) coalition. The coalition was established in response to pervasive efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice that target and prosecute Chinese American individuals for espionage related crimes.
One such Chinese American is Professor Xiaoxing Xi, who, in 2015, was falsely charged and prosecuted by the FBI for allegedly sharing technology to a Chinese-based company. He faced charges carrying a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison and a $1 million fine. After causing significant hardship and distress to Professor Xi and his family, the FBI eventually dropped the case without explanation or an apology.
Members of the ENSS coalition and supporters at San Francisco State University. From left to right: Cynthia Choi, CAA Co-Executive Director; CA Assemblymember Phil Ting; Prof. Xiaoxing Xi; Grace Yoo, Chair of the Asian American Studies Dept.; Dr. Russell Jeung, SFSU Professor; Pam Tau Lee, Chinese Progressive Association Board Chair.
Today, Professor Xi is seeking justice and accountability for his wrongful prosecution and to help end national security scapegoating and racial profiling in general. In efforts to raise awareness and to mobilize the community, the ENSS coalition invited Professor Xi to participate in a speaking tour at San Francisco State University, University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University. Along with other experts, Professor Xi spoke powerfully about the dangers of racial bias in government surveillance programs based on his own experience.
Regrettably, this form of discrimination is part of our U.S. history. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Asian Americans have been labeled and profiled as perpetual foreigners and threats to national security. The Muslim Ban, police violence against African Americans, and attacks against immigrants today must be understood in this same vein.
CAA, with our ENSS coalition partners, will continue to oppose efforts to racially profile Asians Americans under the false pretext of national security, to advocate for greater government accountability, and to build alliances across affected communities.
Support City College of San Francisco
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), July 31, 2012.
Chinese for Affirmative Action joins several community leaders to support City College of San Francisco during these tough budget times for our public education system. Supervisors Eric Mar and David Chiu introduced a supportive resolution at 2pm today to the BOS. — with Alex T. Tom, Henry Der, Eric Mar, Vincent Pan, and David Chiu.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) May 23, 2018
For immediate release, please see our press release on San Francisco Board of Supervisors passing Non-Citizen Vote implementation. Thank you to all of our community allies ( Carecen SF African Advocacy Network) for providing their support and Supervisors Norman Yee Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen for sponsoring the ordinance!
“The implementation of Prop N will enable working immigrant families to address K-12 education equity issues through the power of the ballot,” said Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of CAA. “For more than a decade immigrant families and parents leaders have fought hard to make Proposition N a reality, and the Department of Elections is now clearly tasked and given direction on how to implement Prop N despite the challenges of the current political climate.”
- Nation Sees Rise In Asian Hate Crimes (accessed April 12 2020)
- Op-Ed: Trump’s racist comments are fueling hate crimes against Asian Americans. Time for state leaders to step in (accessed on April 12, 2020)
- Chinese for Affirmative Action Organization Report 2016-2017 (accessed on April 2, 2020)
- [http://www.caasf.org/2017/10/end-national-security-scapegoating/← Developing Grassroots LeadersCAA Advocates for “Clean” Federal DREAM Act → End National Security ScapegoatingPosted on October 31, 2017 by CAA]