January 10th, 2022

Washington, DC — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans issued the following statement in response to the establishment of the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party on China under the 118th Congress.

“As the Select Committee begins its work in the 118th Congress, we urge Members to address the impact that anti-China rhetoric has had on the safety of many Asian Americans. While the Committee should examine substantive issues between the U.S. and China, it must be careful not to use vague rhetoric that would result in the targeting of Chinese or Asian Americans as a whole. Therefore, as Congress considers these important issues, we call on all Members of Congress to take responsibility for the rhetoric they employ and ensure that Asian Americans are not used as scapegoats for criticisms of the Chinese government.”

John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (AAAJ-AAJC) stated:

“We are fully aware that certain countries, including China, pose national security threats to human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, but too often in these last few years we have seen Asian Americans attacked because of language used by politicians that incite violence against our community. The Select Committee has a direct responsibility to ensure it does not conflate or make anti-Asian hate tensions worse with its work.”

Thu Nguyen, Executive Director of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates commented: 

“While we understand the importance of national security, it cannot be a guise for racial profiling of Asian Americans. Congress must guard their rhetoric from harmful stereotyping and fear mongering, as it would only cause brain drain and increased violence and division rather than a united front to protect our country.”

Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council ofAsian Pacific Americans is a coalition of thirty-eight national Asian Pacific American organizations that represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns.