The Asian-American community and the U.S. political system
March 21, 1997
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Where is the hard evidence that Asian Americans were targeted? What has been the result of the campaign fundraising investigations? How do Asian Americans fare politically compared to Jewish groups and others? How does the ethnic and racial composition of newsrooms affect the reporting? Additional questions and comments . Dian Garrick of Upper Marlboro, MD, asks:
I am not an and Asian American but as a African American I can certainly relate to the feeling of being singled out...Is the Asian American money not good enough??
Frank Wu of Howard University responds:
Unfortunately, many people react negatively to legitimate concerns about racial issues and dismiss them as merely "playing the race card." People fail to understand that one need not defend John Huang to object to the portrayal of Asian Americans. The simple message most Asian Americans have is this: "I am not John Huang."
Ironically, some media outlets argued that the Democratic Party was invoking race as a political ploy. What turned out to be the truth, however, was that the Democratic Party itself was making the same assumptions about race that should concern all of us: it investigated all Asian American donors, but by and large not other donors.
Between being insensitive and too sensitive, we must be able to find some common ground.
Mark Hosenball of Newsweek Magazine responds:
Asian American money is fine so long as its donated legally and properly reported so that the press and public can readily see who is contributing to whom.