Forum: The New Reality Facing Chinese Americans

Date & TimeMarch 9, 2019; 1-5 pm
1:00 – 2:45 Community Briefing
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 5:00 Community Dialogue with Law Enforcement: Bridging the Perception Gap

University of Chicago, 929 E 57th St, Gordon Center for Integrative Science, Chicago, IL 60637

The cases of Chinese American scientists such as Dr. Xiaoxing Xi and Sherry Chen have aroused concern in the Chinese American community that innocent parties are collateral damage in worsening U.S.-China relations.  Yet, the cases represent broader trends.  As the U.S. reacts to the rise of China as a military and economic competitor, the Chinese Americans, particularly immigrants, are facing a new reality.   They face potential heightened scrutiny from both countries if they work in a broad range of science and technology areas.  Now, the act of downloading information at the workplace has national security implications.  Hear a panel of speakers explain the legal and environmental changes that have led to this situation.   Learn about the backdrop of Asian American history that makes Chinese Americans more wary about government actions in a handful of cases that look like profiling.   Find out about the work of community groups around the country to engage elected officials and law enforcement around the issue of bias, press for more transparency and accountability, and community dialogue.

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Thank you to our event organizers : United Chinese Americans National and Illinois Chapter, Six Hues, Community of 100, Civic Leadership USA. Thanks also go to our forum co-sponsors : Association of Chinese Scientists and Engineers, Shaw Legal Services, Ltd., Cornerstone International Education Consulting, Inc., OCA Chicago, Midwest Biotechnology Association, Chinese American Citizen Alliance, Filipino American Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation, Chinese American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, McAndrews Held and Malloy, and Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.

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