NCCA Petition Letter to the U.S. Congress House & Senate

Dear Mr. President Obama, Ms. Speaker Pelosi, Mr.Senate President  Biden and Mr. Senate President Pro Tempore Byrd:

December 17 of this year marks the 67th anniversary of the U.S. Congress’ repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943), a discriminatory law that had banned Chinese immigration, excluded Chinese Americans from broad civil liberty, and shut down our community growth in the U.S. for more than 60 years.  Even today, although with all of its constituent sections repealed, Chapter 7 of Title 8 of the U.S. Code is still headed, “Exclusion of Chinese.”  It was racially prejudiced for the Federal government to completely focus on and against a specific nationality or ethnic group.  The National Council of Chinese Americans (NCCA) (www.myNCCA.org) and people (not just Chinese Americans) in our community strongly urge you to introduce and/or co-sponsor congressional legislation to apologize to Chinese American people for theChinese Exclusion Act and, more importantly, to establish the day of December 17 as the “National Day of Inclusion,” to promote diversity, tolerance, and forward-thinking.

In recent years, there has been a wave of official apologies in the U.S. and around the world: the U.S. Congress has made apologies to Japanese Americans with $1.6 billion reparation for the WWII Japanese Internment, to Hawaiian Americans for the “illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893,” to African Americans for injustice, cruelty, and the inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow, and to native Americans for historic violence, brutality and injustices.  The Canadian government expressed apologies to Chinese Canadians for imposing unequal taxes on them; Australia apologized to its Aborigines and Chinese Australians for racist laws of the past.   Americans, Chinese Americans included, begin to contemplate with “the question of a citizen”: Is a congressional apology to Chinese Americans unnecessary or not enough?

Our study indicates that the majority of Chinese Americans and many other American people consider such an apology necessary. The reason is that under God, a civil and humane society, such as the U.S., has the duty to recognize its fundamental injustices of the past and address them and/or their consequences today, and to discourage the occurrence of similar injustices in the U.S., and furthermore, to make more credible and sincere any declaration of concern by the U.S. over violations of human rights committed by other nations.  

A congressional apology to Chinese American people for the Chinese Exclusion Act will mark the official recognition of Chinese Americans’ historic contribution to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the transformation of the Civil War-era West Frontier into agricultural land, the post-Civil War’s Industrialization, and America’s full-spectrum nation-building ever since.  The National Council of Chinese Americans and many people in our communities have come to the conclusion that our nation needs to move beyond apologies.  We need to establish the day of December 17, the date that theChinese Exclusion Act was repealed, as the National Day of Inclusion,” so that all Americans can join hands in respect and reconciliation with each other and build an even more spectacular America!

Examining world history, one can see that every world power must harness the energy of pluralism and tolerance, and attract the talents that are excluded in other societies around the world.  Sobering examples of intolerance and exclusion are Nazi Germany and imperial Japan: however powerful and technically advanced they were, both systems failed to attain and retain super-power status as a direct result of racial, religious and social intolerance.  It is obvious that America’s success has been, and will continue to be, reliant upon America’s unsurpassed ability to attract immigrants, partially through the political framework outlined by Thomas Paine’s notion of “Independence and Democracy” and Woodrow Wilson’s concept of “the League of Nations.”  This is especially true today in the post-9.11 era:  to avoid reaching the so-called “tipping point” of decline, America must embrace inclusion and innovation at a scale that is grander than ever before. This is an historic calling.

The National Council of Chinese Americans and others in our community are looking forward to working with you on the congressional legislation. We have faith in your kindness, wisdom and vision. Thank you very much.

All our best regards,

Truly yours,

Haipei Shue, President;Zach Chen, Vice President

National Council of Chinese Americans

Following organizations have co-signed the petition on May 25, 2010.

80-20 Initiative
Dr. S.B. Woo, Executive Director

Nianfa Tang, President
Shan-Wen Yan, Vice President
Chinese School Association in the United States

Mr.  Deng Long, President
US-China Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Chester Chong, President
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles

Dr. Ping  He, Ph.D. , President,
International Fund for China’s Environment

Mr. Howard Li, President
U.S. Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Jason Ma, Ph.D., Chairman and Dr. Lin Xu, President
Ohio Chinese Culture Line, Inc.

Meng Zhang, President
Yellow River Drama

Dr. Jianwei Wang, Ph.D., Professor
Recipient of MacArthur Grant
University of Wisconsin

Mr. Steven Zhu, Executive Vice President
Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association
Chief Operating Officer of New Wave Resources, Inc.
Secretary General of Greater Philadelphia Fujian Association
Commissioner, Mayor Commissioner of Asian American Affair

Ms. Julie Wong, President
Asian Chamber of Commerce (PA)

Mr. James Mu, President
Association of Philadelphia Chinese Computer Professionals

Dr. Luyuan Li, Ph.D., Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & Nankai University

Mr. Howard Pan, President
Schnadig International Corp,

Dr. Ji Su, Ph.D., President
Peninsula Chinese American Association
Co-Chair of Hampton Road Chinese School Association

Dr. Dengke Xu, Ph.D., President
Ohio Zhejiang Union

Ms. Cathy Kimball,  Owner/Editor-in-chief
ChinaStar (Chinese Newspaper)

Ms. Anne Martin-Montgomery, Founder
Chinese For Families, Inc.

Dr.  Guangming Zhong, MD, PhD, President
San Antonio Chinese Alliance

Dr. Xibo Fan, PhD, President
Ohio Union of Alumni Associations from Universities in China

Mr. Joseph Lam, General Secretary
Great Philadelphia Oversea Chinese Association

Ms. Maple Chen, Premier
Mr. Tangde Wong and Mr. Lau An, Chairpersons,
HipSing Association Of America

Mr. Chi Wan Lui, President
Philadelphia HoShan Family Association

Mr. Tony Cheng, President
China’s Peaceful Reunification Association of PA

Dr. Xinshi Harrison Tu, Ph.D.
Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

Dr. Dou Alvin Zhang, MD & Ph.D. President
Chinese American Doctors Association

Xixi Yang, Miss. China, TV Host, Multi-Media Entrepreneur, xixiyang.com

Jenny Zhong, Central Virginia Chinese School (Richmond)

Dr. Ying Fang, Ph.D., President
Chinese American Association of Cincinnati

Dr. Li Sun, Ph,D., Chairman
Greater Cincinnati Chinse Chamnber of Commerce

Mr. Yunfei Xiao, Executive Chairman, China America Friendship Association in New York

Dr. Wei Zhao, PhD, Principal
Central Virginia Chinese School-West End

Simon Liu, Chairman
Fujian Fraternal Association of Pennsylvania

Ms. Vicki Chen                                 Asian Voters (New Jersey)

Shang Dong Association of North America

Mr. Ruzhao Cheng
Chinese American Business Association of Minnesota

China Tribune News paper

Mr. Jicheng Yao, President
Global Artists League

Mr. Naiyi Zhao, President
Tang School Peking Opera Association
Tel: 646-339-1688

Mr. Wenzhang Zhai
North America Chinese Caligraphers’ Association;

Mrs. Anh Lam, President
Philadelphia Asian Community Center
1108 S. 5th Street, 2nd FL
Philadelphia, 19147

Mr. Bihong Guan, Publisher
US Chinese Business Newspaper
1611 Bridge Street, Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Leo Fox, President
Huaguang Arts Center, Philadelphia
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 1301, Philadelphia, PA19102

Zhejiang University Alumni Association Houston
Gong Jianping

Dalian University of Technology Alumni Association
Gu Zhihao, Wang Sheng (Sam), Liu Xiao

NanKai (Tianjin) University Alumni Association in Houston
Wang Yong (Victor), Zhu Xiangcai

Austin Chinese Professional Society
Yan Nan

Xiamen University Alumni Association
Fen Wang

Texas Medical Center/Baylor College of Medicine Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Huang Qian, Hu Guang

Mr. Jicheng Yao, President,                                 Global Artists League

Mr. Naiyi Zhao, President, Tang School Peking Opera Association,

Mr. Wenzhang Zhai,                                            North America Chinese Caligraphers’ Association

Mrs. Anh Lam, President                                     Philadelphia Asian Community Center

Mr. Bihong Guan, Publisher,                               US Chinese Business Newspaper (PA)

Mr. Leo Fox, President                                        Huaguang Arts Center, Philadelphia (PA)

Asian American Voters (New Jersey)
Vicki Chen, president

New York Association for Peaceful Unification of China
Chuenhsiung Hua, president

Maryland-India Business Round Table
Rajan Nata, president

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) DC
Stan Tsai, president

Education Association for China Tomorrow
John Wang president

Fujian Association of the United States
Rongfa Chen, president

* Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee (VMPAC)
Mukit Hossain, president

Guangdong Resident Association of Greater Washington DC
He Huang, Ph. D, president

American Chinese School (Greater DC)
Yaohui Wang, M.D. President
He Huang Ph. D Chairman

Chongqing Hometown Association
Xiaopo Zhu, president

National Federation of Filipino American Association
(NAFFAA)
Jon Melegrito, president

World Today International Group
Jie Ping Huang, president

* Legal Immigrant Association
Adam Zhang, president
Robert Sun, chairman

A & C Business News
Neil Huang, editor-in-chief

Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee (VMPAC)
Mukit Hossain, president

Guangdong Resident Association of Greater Washington DC
He Huang, Ph. D, president

American Chinese School (Greater DC)
Yaohui Wang, M.D. President
He Huang Ph. D Chairman

Chongqing Hometown Association
Xiaopo Zhu, president

OCA-Philadelphia
Jason Yu, President

Mr. Wai Keung NG, President
International Lions Club of Philadelphia

Mr. Hai Tuan Ngo, President
Greater Philadelphia United Chinese American Charmber of Commerce

Mr. Charles Chen, President
Chinese Society of San Antonio

Dr. Gang Cao, Ph.D., Professor, Director
Center for Advanced Materials, University of Kentucky

Mr. Jay Sun, President
Association of Northeastern Chinese in the US (DC)

Mr. Han Pan, Chief Senior Adviser
Greater Philadelphia United Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Li Sun, Ph.D., Chairman
Chinese American Business Professional Association

Shau Zavon, President
Ohio Chinese American Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Jerry Jin, Ph.D., President
Greater San Antonio Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Simon X.S. Liu, President
Asian American Senior Association of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jack Z Hu, Ph.D., President
Taney Academy of Sciences,

Mr. Ping Leung Cheung, Senior Adviser
Mr. Serial Adviser / Honor Chairman
CBA Association

Dr. Swallow Yan, Ph.D., Executive Director
Chinese Association of Iowa

Ms. Mei Qing Ren, President
Greater Philadelphia Fujian Association

Mr. Danny Lau, President
Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Associate

Dr. Qingyuan Han, Ph.D.
Director, NCCA Education,

Mr. Chi Wan Lui, President
Philadelphia HoShan Family Association

Mr. Lee Hopa, Chairman
Lees Association

Mr. Jimmy Wong, President
Philadelphia Fujian Associate USA

Dr. Gary Wang, Ph.D., President
Chinese Music Ensemble (San Antonio)

Mr. Hung Sang Leung, President
Tong On Association

Mr. Cheng Zi Ai, President
American Hoyu Association

Dr. Philip Chen, Ph.D,  Director
NCCA Science & Technology

Mr. Lin Wuu, President
Great Philadelphia China Peaceful Unification Association

Mr. Tangde Wong, Chairman
Fujian Dashe Friendship Association

Dr. Fengqiang Liu, President
Chinese Association of Hometown Shandong (DC)

Mr. Jianzeng Hu, President
Chinese American Association of Henan Province

Chaoyu Liu, Ph.D. Co-Chairman
Ji Su, Ph.D. Co-Chairman
Eastern Virginia Chinese School Association

Hongbin Shao, President, Peninsula Chinese American Association

Qiuli Sun, Ph.D.,  Principal
Ying Zhang  M.S. Vice Principal
Tidewater Chinese School

Mr. Ronghua Chen, President
United Associations of Fujian fellows

Mr. Sihe Chen, President
Associations of Fujian fellows (DC)

Jiuwang Li, Principal
Ying Zhang,Vice Principal
Tidewater Chinese School

Chairman:  Kevin Zhang
Principal:   Wei Guo
PTA President:  Min Zhu
Howard County Chinese School

John Wang, Director
Education Association for China Tomorrow

Fenghua Academy, Chicago, IL
Principal:  Ron Li, Ph.D.

Davis NewStar Chinese School, Davis, CA
Principal: Ning Wan

Durham Chinese School, Durham, NC
Principal: Xiaoping Johnson, Ph.D.

Long Island School of Chinese, New York, NY
Principal:  Mr. Lihong Cheng

Dongfang Chinese School, Chicago, IL
Principal: Nancy Xie
Chairman: Jie Chen

Qingyuan Han, Ph.D. President
Guangming Zhou, Ph.D. Chairman
Huaxing Language & Culture Center, Columbia, MD

UACA, United Association of Chinese Alumni in Houston
Mao Juanjuan, Chen Yanfei

Jiaotong University Alumni Association in Houston
Tang Xinming (Steven)

Bei Jing University Alumni Association in Houston
Yang Yiming

Hsinghua University Alumni Association in Houston
Mao Juanjun, Lu Kun

Chinese Science & Tech College Alumni Association in Houston
Zhao Yuan, Huan Xiaojun

The Association of Wuhan University Houston Area Alumni
Zhou Zhijian (Joe), Deng Yuanjian (Jack)

Rice Chinese Students & Scholars Club,
Cheng Gang, Tao Ping

Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Univ. of Houston
Zhou Yi

Fenghua Academy, Chicago, IL
Principal:  Ron Li, Ph.D.

Davis NewStar Chinese School, Davis, CA
Principal: Ning Wan

Durham Chinese School, Durham, NC
Principal: Xiaoping Johnson, Ph.D.

Long Island School of Chinese, New York, NY
Principal:  Mr. Lihong Cheng

Dongfang Chinese School, Chicago, IL
Principal: Nancy Xie
Chairman: Jie Chen

Huaxing Language & Culture Center, Columbia, MD
President:  Qingyuan Han, Ph.D.
Chairman:  Guangming Zhou, Ph.D

Greater Memphis United Chinese Association, Memphis, TN
President: John Chen

Howard County Chinese School, Columbia, MD
Chairman:  Kevin Zhang
Principal:   Wei Guo
PTA President:  Min Zhu

Fenghua Academy, Chicago, IL
Principal:  Ron Li, Ph.D.

Davis NewStar Chinese School, Davis, CA
Principal: Ning Wan

Durham Chinese School, Durham, NC
Principal: Xiaoping Johnson, Ph.D.

Long Island School of Chinese, New York, NY
Principal:  Mr. Lihong Cheng

Dongfang Chinese School, Chicago, IL
Principal: Nancy Xie
Chairman: Jie Chen

Huaxing Language & Culture Center, Columbia, MD
President:  Qingyuan Han, Ph.D.
Chairman:  Guangming Zhou, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Beijing Chinese Language School, Shrewsbury, MA
Principal and Chairman:  Weichu Xu

J & J Chinese School, Austin, TX
Principal:  Jeannie Xiang, Ph.D.

Xilin Northwest Chinese School, Chicago, IL
Principal: Fan Li

Greater Cincinnati Chinese School, Cincinnati, OH
Chairman: Charlie Zhang
Vice Chair:  Ying Gu

East Tennessee Chinese School, Knoxville, TN
Principals:  Jun Qu & Weihua Li
Director:    Hong Li

Austin Great Wall Chinese School, Austin, TX
Principal:  Yu Tang

CCC Chinese School, Albany, NY
Principal: Jiangzhong Tang

San Diego Huaxia Chinese School, Riverside, CA
Principal:  Huirou Tian

Minnesota Minghua Central School, St. Paul, MN
Principal:  Shuxian Hu

Ray Chinese School, Chicago, IL
Principal: Simon Zhang

Western Connecticut Chinese Association, Danbury, CT
President: Hong Ding,  Vice President: 曾心怡, BOD Members:
王筱棣,王黎翔,邓进财,Yulin Ma,
Zhidong Chen, Ling Chen, Amily Chen, 冯武成,卢源玫, 张嵩文
张清, 潘左宏, 章忠华, 董薇,
薛宁,许辉, 张瑞韶,  Y. Chen,  Charlie Zhao,  Helen Hsu,  Hao Wang

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