by Akemi Tamanaha and Sato Kazuya
Sherry Chen, an American hydrologist who was wrongly accused of spying for China, spoke recently at an event titled “Celebrate New Year with Sherry Chen.” The event was hosted by Ohio Chinese American Association (OCAA) and Asian American Coalition of Ohio.
In 2014, the United States federal government arrested Chen outside the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Ohio where she worked. They accused her of spying for the Chinese government. In 2015, the chargers were dropped shortly before her trial began. A few months ago, she received an $1.8 million settlement from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
At the event, Chen spoke about how the accusations derailed her career and tarnished her reputations. She thanked all of the people who supported her during her fight for justice. She believes her historic settlement is a “victory for me, also for Asian American cause and the rule of law.”
Chen told AsAmNews that she is personally “doing well after 10 years of nightmare.” She retired a few days ago and has been keeping herself busy giving presentations and workshops throughout the country.
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