Some 300 mostly Chinese Americans marched in Houston this weekend against a bill that would prohibit the purchase of land in Texas by Chinese, Russian, North Korean and Iranian citizens or businesses.
The Strait Times reports the marchers chanted “stop Chinese hate” and “Texas is our home” as they made their way through Houston’s Chinatown.
Some protestors wore Chinese dragon costumes while others banged drums. Professor Steven Pei, co-organizer of APA Justice, distributed 1000 whistles with the words “We belong.”
“This type of legislation-this growing anti-Asian and anti-immigrant sentiment-is a direct attack on our community and on our city, quite frankly,” Representative Gene Wu said to KPRC.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Houston marched with Wu and described the legislation as troublesome.
“And then how do you enforce it? Do you assume? Or put the burden on every Asian American to demonstrate that they do not have any affiliation with one of those countries,” he said.
Nikki Hafizi, a member of the US-Iranian community in Houston, also joined the protest.
“They do this to remind us that we shouldn’t have the same rights everyone else does,” Ms Hafizi said.
“I’m a dual citizen so if I can ever afford a home I guess this would apply to me,” she said, noting that she remains an Iranian citizen even after obtaining a US passport and citizenship.
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