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Facts not Fear

Facts, not Fear: The novel Coronavirus, a brief discussion North Carolina Central University, NCCU Telehealth Series Title: Facts not Fear: the novel Coronavirus, a brief discussion Date & Time: Feb 25, Tuesday, 10:30-11:25am  Panelists:  Dr. Paul Li, Ph.D,  Former Viorologist, the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Community Activist/ United Chinese American UCA Board member.  Justin Chen, […]

Action for Covid-19

UCA Calls for Chinese Americans to be involved in the relief effort towards the New Coronavirus outbreak and disease prevention in the U.S. Given the urgent situation of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China, United Chinese Americans (UCA) is watching it closely and working with Chinese organizations across the country in coordinating our relief and […]

战疫|以人类和人性的尺度共同坚持下去

战疫|以人类和人性的尺度共同坚持下去 此起彼伏的哨声哀悼一盏亮光的熄灭,也回应着李先生用生命向我们传递的信息:每个平凡人都可以有的英雄一面,一盏亮光的熄灭点燃了千千万万的亮光。「恢复以后还是要上一线」,他去世前仍在告诉《南方都市报》,「疫情还在扩散,不想当逃兵」。本月初在接受《纽约时报》采访时,他说,信息透明公开是关键;举目四望,「吹哨人」一再成为当下这个时代的平凡英雄,世界各地媒体纷纷发布了对纪念的报道。 疫情揪心,当下有几个北美华人最关心的重要话题:(一)检测准确性差强人意,病毒传染性超人预期,民众呼吁更严格的隔离和限行政策;(二)来自本地社会对于华人的心理排斥甚至种族羞辱,该如何应对;(三)该以怎样的方式支援国内的抗御,捐款捐物之外,官方和科研机构之间的合作推进得怎么样了? 签名活动也有好几个在转,有提名李医生诺贝尔和平奖的,有加拿大华人联名要求暂停一切中国航班的,有抗议《华尔街日报》等媒体辱华的……树欲静而风不止,但我们坚持立足于人性和人类的立场,大抵就不会错。 01 不可捉摸的病情发展 到底能不能「人传人」目前仍然没有明确定论,还不能保证「无症状就不传染」,两周的隔离期过了,但是感染曲线的趋势仍然高斜率攀升,拐点不知道何时到来?新近爆出的几个消息,让人更加心神不宁。 首先是病情反复。李医生在去世之前,曾经有过转阴,但在痊愈过程中忽然恶化,并导致全身器官衰竭。大家忧心忡忡地发现,这并不是个案,而是多次发生了类似情况。有人举了乙肝的例子,这种极其刁顽的病毒能欺骗人体的免疫系统,让人体不产生抗体,这样病毒在体内长期存在,表面抗原转阴,显示「小三阳」了,但人体免疫力一旦下降,可能会忽然发展成「大三阳」而爆发。当下这种冠状病毒,就有类似的潜伏特征,所以斗争是防范是长期的。其次是检测准确度问题。现有的医疗检测手段不够完美,再加上病毒感染存在潜伏期,导致存在本来检测结果阴性的人过了几天再测成了阳性,在这期间存在着已经不知不觉传播给他人的危险。因此有医生呼吁,不能光靠核酸检测试剂,必须上CT全面检查,肺部的白化等改变是最直观的感染特征。 02 加拿大华社呼吁暂停对华航班 此次肺炎不像非典那样有明显的发热特征,使得公共场合设置的体温检测几乎毫无用处,很多时候只能依靠自觉。但很多时候患者自己都不知道被感染,甚至初次检测筛查都查不出来,就像加拿大的一例确诊的女性患者,她本来是检测阴性的,但是她很小心,就在家主动自我隔离,结果再测原来真的有病毒。然而,不能期待每个人都这样为他人着想,甚至有的人还故意隐瞒自己的行迹。加拿大从武汉撤侨的两架专机星期五先后降落在安大略省的Trenton军事基地,机总共上载有两百多人。到达后,所有乘客都接受了医学检查,然后将在基地的住所被观察两周,以确保他们没有感染病毒。这个做法跟美国的撤侨类似,但是美国除此之外还拒绝过去两周内经停过中国的任何旅客入境,只有美国公民和绿卡持有者例外,而加拿大就没有这样的旅行禁令,这使民航反而成为一个潜在的薄弱环节,尤其是有的人选择先逃离中国、在加拿大停留,直到允许入境美国。一些加拿大华人认为,过去几周来,数百万武汉人逃离该市遍布各地,最终使得全国许多人在不知情的人情况下感染和旅行,也有的人甚至故意隐瞒自己的病情。加之检测手段不完备、不可靠,而病毒又具有高度的传染性,在这样的综合考虑前提下,应该谨慎为上,暂停接纳所有从中国来的航班。目前,世界上许多国家实行了对华的旅行限令,上万航班都被取消,这些举措并非针对华人,不应该解释为种族主义。也有世界卫生组织的专家认为,旅行限令不一定能奏效。 03 华人反对主流媒体的辱华用语 一篇来自《华尔街日报》的署名文章有蹭热点的标题党之嫌,它的内容是关于经济问题,但是标题让华人感到非常受​冒犯,并勾起关于排华法案的痛苦回忆。有华人发起了抗议签名​,活动的介绍页说:使用这种具有种族歧视性的标题,表明《华尔街日报》编辑审稿的傲慢和判断,对无辜的中国公民的类似言论只会助长种族主义,并对中国或其他亚洲种族产生负面影响。签名要求该报道歉、撤稿或者更正标题。 这种说法确实有「伤口撒盐」的感觉,但另一方面,这个词在英语和汉语语境里的意味并不太一致,我们经历的屈辱教育和跟这个词关联的耻感,是讲英语的人感受不到的,因此,尽管媒体也曾把英国、意大利叫做「欧洲病夫」,但效果确实不同。不过,这个题目跟严重程度是否可以跟「中国病毒」这样的说法​相比呢? 华人经历过系统性的种族歧视,社会集体潜意识里还存在着对于华人和中国的负面成见,带有地域性歧视的说法或蔑称,容易唤醒这些沉睡的潜意识。如今在多地的民间都发生了骚扰中餐馆、辱骂华人甚至动手袭击的事件,就是这种仇外心理的发酵。 该报今天发布了一篇简短的读者来信,文中说,「在千万华人不幸感染冠状病毒的关键时刻,这一标题勾起了1840年鸦片战争中国人民的惨痛记忆。我尊重宪法第一修正案,但在文明社会中,我们不应容忍在人类共同的大敌当前时诉诸这种歧视性言论。」 瘟疫有两个维度:一个是卫生的维度,作为公众卫生事件,以卫生防疫的大局为攸关的利益;一个是种族关系的维度,​针对社会舆论偏见需要警惕和斗争。但这两个维度不必混为一谈,有些卫生安全的举措不必从种族主义角度过分解读。 ​

UCA-IL Awarded by Mayor of Aurora

UCA-IL received award from the Mayor of Aurora Yan Bellantoni, UCA founding member and a dedicated volunteer had the honor representing  UCA IL to receive The Mayor’s Excellence award at the City of Aurora Council Meeting on Jan 28. Yan introduced UCA IL three year history, it’s robust programs focus on civic engagement, youth development, […]

2020 UCA Chinese New Year Greetings

2020 UCA Chinese New Year Greetings Dear UCA members and families, At this special time of the year, UCA executive team and board members, wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year, and a very successful year of the rat ahead. At UCA, we understand this is also a challenging moment for many families in […]

UCAWA Initiated Youth Mental Health Program

UCAWA Initiated Youth Mental Health Program United Chinese Americans in Washington (UCAWA) is a newly formed chapter of UCA. Since founding the organization we have stared several programs including Youth Leadership & Government Internship Program. We have also initiated a conversation with Bellevue School Foundation and Bellevue School District to explore the possibility to work […]

UCA-IL Meeting with City of Aurora Mayor

UCA-IL Meeting with City of Aurora Mayor On Jan 7, UCA IL president Lily Chen and Vice President Ren Li, along with Judy Ni and Crystal Zheng of Pacific Square, met with City of Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and staff on holding Jiaozi fest 2020 (click to register) The City of Aurora is our honored […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Dear UCA Family, Thanksgiving has a special place in the hearts of UCA family members, because we have so much to be thankful and grateful about each other.  Your abundant support, care and belief in UCA and its values and ideals have sustained UCA, a growing community civic movement spearheaded by the very […]

Fundraising / Development Volunteer Team Member

UCA Fundraising/Development Volunteer Team Member Needed  Oct 17, 2019 UCA is in a cross road after almost three years since its conception. We have grown tremendously and getting recognized on local and national levels, but to help UCA become sustainable will require a tremendous amount of hard work not only on strategic programming, but also […]

Licensed Health Professional Volunteer

Licensed Health Professional volunteer needed for UCA Youth Mental Health Initiative November 2019 UCA is seeking a passionate, dedicated, and experienced licensed healthcare professional to join our growing team. We are taking on the commitment to improve mental health among Chinese Americans through our Youth Mental Health Initiative, and are looking for a healthcare professional […]

Volunteer Program Team Member

UCA is Calling for Volunteer Program Team Member November 2019 As we approach the end of 2019, UCA has been tasked with more programs and opportunities. We are busy preparing for our 2020 Convention, the 2020 Census, advocacy work in Congress with other racial/ethnic groups, year-end fundraising, youth mental health initiatives, chapter openings, new community […]

Welcome to the Chinese American Women in History Conference

Welcome to the Chinese American Women in History Conference UCA is honoured to co-sponsor the Chinese American Women in History (CAWH) Conference, coming soon to Washington, D.C. The 1882 Foundation and the Chinese American Museum DC present a conference on CAWH, exploring a century of experiences framed by the enactment of the 1875 Page Act, […]

Science and Technology Caught between the United States and China Conference

By: Steven Pei Science and Technology Caught between the United States and China Conference The Committee of 100 (C100) convened nearly 300 leading policy makers, legal experts, educators, business leaders, scientists, and community leaders in Palo Alto, Ca. on September 28, 2019 to address the human impacts of geopolitics. In addition to sixteen community partners, […]

UCA Co-Sponsored 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum

UCA Co-Sponsored 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum Civic Engagement and Empowerment in 2020 Census and 2020 Election Season are key areas of campaign for UCA Washington, DC – UCA has successfully hosted and supported its members to participate in the 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum (NCLF) held Sep 15-18th, in Washington, DC. The conference was attended […]