MEDIA RELEASE: The Impact of Espionage Investigations on The Asian American Community



For Immediate Release

Contact:  Rogene Gee Calvert, 832-723-4508 or Steven Pei, 832-228-1161


The Impact of Espionage Investigations on The Asian American Community

A dialogue with the FBI, Attorneys and Academic and Community Leaders


Houston- A group of national and local Asian American organizations will hold an educational forum on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Crowne Plaza Suites, 9090 Southwest Freeway @ Gessner.  It is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and reservations are required at

This educational forum will provide the opportunity for the Asian American community to have a direct dialogue with FBI, attorneys and academic and community leaders. The important and potentially dangerous impacts of the economic espionage act and other related policies and how Asian Americans can protect themselves and their institutions will be discussed.


In recent years, a number of innocent American citizens of Asian descent have been falsely accused of espionage. On August 26, 2018, CBS 60 Minutes broadcasted “Collateral Damage,” about two American scientists, Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi, whose lives were turned upside down by such accusations. Indeed, Sherry Chen was fired for untrustworthiness after she was exonerated.  Disregarding the order by the Chief Administrative Judge of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board to reinstate Sherry Chen to her position on Apr. 23, 2018 and a letter signed by over 30 Members of Congress that was sent to the Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Commerce still refused to return Sherry Chen to her previous position back since she was taken from her office on Oct. 20, 2014.  Although Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi may appear to be isolated incidents, a recent study published by the Committee of 100, suggests that as many as 1 in 5 people of Asian heritage accused of espionage may be innocent.

In developing this forum, the organizing committee intended that it should inform and educate the Asian community on how to prevent such situations to befall them, especially to those in positions in the government, business, research and academic sectors.

The forum will be divided into two panels with a complimentary lunch.  The morning panel discussion will be comprised of a panel moderated by Hon. Gordon Quan, former Houston City Council member and immigration attorney.  The panel is comprised of Attorney Andrew Kim who co-authored a white paper on “Prosecuting Chinese Spies: An Empirical Analysis of the Economic Espionage Act”; FBI Special Agent Michael Morgan, who worked on espionage and media leak investigations and was appointed the FBI Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the Houston Division; and Kent Schaffer, an experienced defense attorney who is familiar with federal court procedures.  (Video or audio recording are NOT allowed during the morning panel.)

Nelson Dong, a member of the Committee of 100, will be the key note speaker at lunch. Mr. Dong is a partner in Dorsey’s Corporate group, Chair of the National Security Law practice, co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific practice and a leading expert in domestic and international technology and intellectual property.  The afternoon panel discussion will be joined by leaders of Texas higher education, including Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, former Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Dallas who will moderate; Dr. Juan Sanchez, Temple Foundation Endowed Professor and former Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin; George Wu, Partner at McAndrew’s Held & Malloy LTD and Nelson Dong, who will serve as panelists.




National Sponsors

United Chinese Americans
Civic Leadership USA
Committee of 100

Platinum Sponsor

  Crowne Plaza Suites Houston – Near Sugar Land

Gold sponsors

 Alice and Mark Lee
Chinese Professional Club–Houston
Houston Chinese Alliance
OCA Greater Houston
U.S. Chinese People’s Friendship Assoc. Houston Chapter

Silver Sponsors

Asian American Bar Association Asian American Bar Assoc. of Houston
Asian Pacific American Public Affairs, Houston Texas Chapter
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Houston Lodge
Helen Yeh
Tom Ing


Chinese American Petroleum Assoc.
Chinese Civic Center
Houston 80-20 Asian American PAC
Houston Chinese Faculty Association
Houston Community College Chinese Students and Scholars Association
University of Houston Chinese Students and Scholars Association