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Californian Assembly Member Condemns Attacks Against Asian Americans Amidst Coronavirus

California State Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco)

The chair of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, David Chiu (D-San Francisco), issued a statement yesterday condemning the rise in violence and discriminatory behavior against Asian Americans in California.

“California is the most diverse state in the nation and is a state of 
immigrants. We value the contributions of all of our immigrant 
communities, including one of our oldest immigrant communities-Chinese 
Americans. In past weeks, we have seen an increase in discrimination 
and racist attacks against this community. This is unacceptable.

Fears of the coronavirus have led to harassment of Chinese Americans 
and other Asian Americans and harmed Asian-owned businesses. An Asian 
American student in California was physically assaulted because of 
this perceived threat and a school district has issued a warning 
against bullying based on the disease. This is a public health issue 
and it is reprehensible to blame the victim populations of this 
infectious disease.

Additionally, a national television network recently aired a segment 
that blames Chinese people for dozens of issues. One allegation was 
made that a Chinese American California state employee is using his 
position to benefit the Chinese military. This is dangerous and 
divisive rhetoric. This attempt to make Chinese Americans feel like 
perpetual foreigners in our own country is misguided and racist.

These actions are contrary to California’s promise to immigrant 
communities. My colleagues and I in Sacramento are committed to 
championing bills to protect immigrant communities against xenophobic 
policies and actions. California stands for justice, equity and 
opportunity. All Californians should be treated with dignity and have 
access to safety. We stand united against these discriminatory actions 
and with our immigrant communities who have helped our state thrive 
and become the fifth largest economy in the world.”

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