UCA Replies to Letter from Jewish Community
The current racist challenge the Chinese American community is facing has become more wide-spreading than the notorious coronavirus, and Jewish American community has been alert to this situation and expressed sympathy. The Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) released a letter of solidarity, jointly issued by 75 organizations, to the Chinese community against the plague. Today, UCA issued a formal response expressing heartfelt gratitude and looking forward for unity.
JCPA President David Bernstein contacted UCA President Xue Haipei to expressed his concern about the current situation of the Chinese community, and said that he stood firmly with the Chinese community and opposed any form of discrimination and stigma. On Monday evening, the two leaders met to exchange greetings and discuss the prospects for solidarity and cooperation between the Chinese and Jewish communities. Bernstein expressed his appreciation for UCA’s mission, values, and everything that has been done over the years. He believes that our two communities need to further strengthen cooperation and work together to cope with the difficulties.
Mr. Bernstein happily accepted Xue Haipei’s invitation and will join other Jewish organizations to participate in the third U.S. Chinese Congress held by UCA in Las Vegas this year, and discuss with our members the two communities together. Issues of concern.
Following the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, under the auspices of UCA, more than a hundred organizations in the Chinese-American community issued a joint open letter to the Jewish community expressing sympathy and support. In the history we have traveled together, Chinese and Jewish people have a deep and close relationship, not only in the United States, but also in other parts of the world. Going forward, our two communities will continue to lead the societies and cultures that live and prosper together, and work together to heal and build the world together.
Dear Chairman Fromm of JCPA,
President and CEO Bernstein of JCPA,
The 75 Jewish Organizations,
And the Larger Jewish Community:
We have received your letter last week from 75 Jewish organizations. Thank you, our Jewish brothers and sisters, for your solidarity with our community at this difficult time. Your words and action have warmed our heart and lifted our spirit!
Needless to say, the Chinese American community has lately been going through a lot: from a worrisome US-China confrontation, to a worsening atmosphere for our civil rights and civil liberty, and now to this coronavirus crisis. You have given us a warm and extended hand when we need it most, right now. Thank you!
A Chinese proverb says that crisis or suffering tells who is your real friend. Historically, our two communities have been so close and intimately bonded that we feel like being close cousins, which we sometimes take for granted. With so much of the world in trouble and uncertain change, including our own society, this friendship and solitarily is even more needed and reassuring.
I’m reminded of a time when the tables were turned, and it was the Chinese community in New York that came to the aid of its Jewish brethren. The year was 1903, and many Jews had been killed and injured in the infamous Kishinev pogrom in Russia. There’s a short article about it in the Forward here.
When the tragic Pittsburg synagogue shooting happened in 2018, United Chinese Americans (UCA), a leading national coalition with chapters and partners in over 30 states, has sprung into action and led a nationwide letter drive, co-signed by over one hundred Chinese American organizations, showing our solidarity with the Jewish community.
This is a trying time for us all. What happens with the coronavirus crisis has, once again, demonstrated that we are all so vulnerable, so connected and so interdependent. It demonstrated, once again, that in order for us all to survive, let alone thrive, we must come together and fight for our common destiny and common humanity!
Let our two communities work together as an example of how different communities can live and thrive together.
Let us heal and repair the world together! B’ezrat HaShem
United Chinese Americans (UCA)