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Monday, November 07, 2022

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE AND API ORGANIZATIONS DENOUNCE ANTI-CHINESE POLITICAL RHETORIC USED IN ELECTIONS AGAINST ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL CANDIDATES

 ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE AND API ORGANIZATIONS DENOUNCE ANTI-CHINESE POLITICAL RHETORIC USED IN ELECTIONS AGAINST ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL CANDIDATES  

 

Voters Must Look Past the “Redbaiting” Tactics Which Has Stoked Anti-Asian Racism

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — Tomorrow is midterm election day. Across the country, there has been an increase in the sinophobic rhetoric used in political campaigns, particularly to attack Asian Americans running for office. Candidates using sinophobia, a fear or dislike of China, or its people/culture are contributing to and validating anti-Asian racism and hate. A recent report by Stop AAPI Hate documents this https://stopaapihate.org/anti-asian-scapegoating/ 

 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five independent civil rights organizations and Asian American Pacific Islander community partners jointly release the following statement: 

 

“In the remaining 24 hours leading up to election day, we call on political candidates to immediately cease the usage of anti-Asian, sinophobic, and redbaiting language in campaign messaging. Across the country, voters are looking for politicians who will stand up for our values and fight for our needs and aspirations. Anti-Chinese rhetoric does not deliver for voters nor does it offer real solutions to the problems we face. 

 

We condemn the anti-Chinese political narrative many political candidates have been using in this midterm election cycle in an effort to sway voters. This xenophobic fear-mongering hurts Asian American communities that have already been facing 339% increase in anti-Asian racism and hate over the last year.    

 

Redbaiting strategies are being used against Asian American candidates who are being falsely accused of affiliations or ties to the Chinese Communist Party simply because of their Chinese or Asian descent. These attacks have come from both sides of the political aisle and even among candidates belonging to the same parties. Most troubling, even some Asian American candidates are using this racist and xenophobic language against other Asian American candidates. 

 

We urge all voters to look past these false claims that seek to mislead and manipulate the public for political gain.  

 

This harmful rhetoric feeds into and exacerbates the false stereotype of Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners or outsiders not to be trusted. Recognizing that there are credible threats from the Chinese government, we must not overreact by allowing geopolitical tensions to paint all Asian Americans with a broad stroke of suspicion and cause further harm to our communities back home. The “China threat” narrative seeks to stoke anti-Chinese sentiment with voters in cities and neighborhoods across the country. The impact dangerously feeds the scapegoating of Asian Americans and the rise in anti-Asian violence that has been so harmful during this pandemic.” 

 

Signed, 

 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, DC) 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco)  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Southern California 

AADAP, Inc 

AAPIs for CivicChinese Community Center, Inc. - Houston Empowerment 

ACDC Texas 

API Equality-LA 

API Middle Tennessee 

API Middle Tennessee 

APIA Vote-MI 

Asian American Community Services 

Asian American Federation 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California 

Asian Americans United 

Asian Association of Utah 

Asian Law Alliance 

Asian Texans for Justice 

Asian Youth Center (AYC) 

AZ AANHPI for Equity 

Chinatown Service Center 

Chinese Community Center Inc. Houston 

Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community 

Committee of 100 

Dove and Crane Collective

Hamkae Center 

Khmer Girls in Action 

Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC) 

Mian Line Chinese Culture Center, Inc. 

MinKwon Center for Community Action 

MN8 

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates Greater Houston Chapter 

OPAWL - Building AAPI Feminist Leadership 

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) 

Rising Voices 

saavetx Education Fund 

Search to Involve Pilipino Americans 

SOUTH ASIAN NETWORK 

Thai Community Development Center 

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