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美国华人全国委员会暨美国华人大会筹备委员会

《就梁警官事件告华人同胞书》

亲爱的华人同胞们,

美国华人全国委员会暨美国华人大会筹备委员会郑重呼吁全美各地华人同胞伸出援手,积极帮助梁警官在今后的司法程序中获得公平公正的对待和最佳司法结果,同时我们也对受害者戈利先生的家庭予以充分的人道主义关怀,使得在美华人能享有应得的公正与人权保护,彰显在法律面前人人平等的立国精神。

一周前的 2 月 12 日,布鲁克林法庭陪审团判决梁警官二级误杀等五项罪名成立。听到这个消息,华人社区一片哗然 – 同情与惋惜,质疑与愤怒,讨论与辩论,各种声音纷纷传播开来; 各类行动迅速地组织起来。这充分体现了我们华人大家庭关爱同胞的爱心和团结,也展现出我们华人社区在争取平等权益上的觉醒和要求。尽管华人社区对此案涉及的一系列司法、社会和政治等方面有不同的看法和解读,我们欣慰地看到,几天以来大家能从最初的群情激奋、义愤填膺,逐渐趋于更为冷静理智和全面地思考问题和谋划对策。这对我们华人维护权益和学习民主,无疑是一次难得的机遇,更是一个值得珍惜和有教育意义的历史时刻。

梁警官事件引起了许多华人的共鸣,这是和华人在美的独特历史分不开的。无论是 1882 年国会通过的“排华法案”,还是至今依然存在的对华人的歧视和偏见,无论是李文和案件还是目前仍未了结的陈霞芬和郗小星事件,华人在美国走过了一百多年艰辛但却辉煌的路程。今天,尽管美国在民权,法治和民主等多方面已有长足的进步,梁警官事件再一次提醒我们,民主与法治并非免费的午餐,她需要每一位华人,每一位公民的积极参与来培育和维护。因此,捍卫和完善美国的法治才是对美国华人安身立命的最可靠和最终保障。 

一场悲剧,两家受害! 今天,为了帮助梁警官和他的家人,为了争取更为和谐的族裔关系,为了美国华人的长远利益和美利坚合众国的长治久安,我们呼吁全美华人社区同我们一道,及时把握梁警官事件所激起的华人关心社会和参政议政热情的契机,努力达成以下近期和中长期的目标:

1) 迅速与梁警官及其律师沟通,帮助成立一个有全美各地律师参与组成的“律师顾问团”,从司法程序上入手为梁警官争取最轻判决和最佳司法结果,减轻梁家家人的痛苦,让梁警官能尽快地恢复正常生活;

2) 由华人各界有公信力的团体和人士一道,成立梁警官事件信托基金,将募集到的资金用于梁警官的律师费用和接济家庭困难上;同时,将募集到的资金的一部分用于对受害者戈利先生的家庭接济和对后代的成长教育上;

3) 我们的中长期目标是:设立一个由各界有公信力的人士组成的“美国华人法律支援和教育基金”(Chinese American Legal Defense & Education Fund),以此来帮助诸如梁警官、陈果仁,李文和、陈霞芬和郗小星等蒙受不公正对待的美国华人,从法律、公关和政治等层面上为他们赢得应有的尊严和公平,使得华人能够更充分享有美国的人权和宪法保障。

以上三项倡议将在获得一百个以上美国各州有公信力的华人团体的声援和支持,并征得梁警官或梁警官的授权代理人同意后(第一、二项),正式启动。

2011 年 10 月 6 日深夜,由美国华人全国委员会主导和推动的“排华法案道歉案”(参议院201 号决议案)无异议通过了。这是华人社会的一个历史性时刻。这个决议案庄严承诺将保障华裔以及其他亚裔在美国享有与其他族裔完全相同的权益。纵观美国这个多族裔民主国家,作为一个仅占美国人口 1%的弱势少数民族,我们必须要全方位参与美国社会,参政议政,唯有这样才能有从根本上保障美国华人的长远利益;我们也应该与其他族裔和睦相处,愈合伤痛,唯有这样才能建设好华人社区,推动美国社会的进步。如果通过这次梁警官事件引起的一系列思考和行动能够使华人社区团结起来、投入到建设华人社区,参与和服务美国社会,此善大焉。 

我们坚信,只要我们能本着理性,爱心和公平的精神,团结和培育华人社区,我们就一定能够让美国华人的明天更加美好,让美国这个多民族社会更加公平与和谐。 

关于美国华人全国委员会 (NCCA): 美国华人全国委员会是一个(501)(C)(3)非营利和非政治性
组织,总部设在首都华盛顿。本会宗旨是为所有美国华人华侨服务;促进和保障华人华侨的应
有权益;保护、传承并发扬光大中华文化和精神遗产以及人文价值;增进各族和各国人民之间
的了解和友谊,尊从民主法治和友爱精神,致力世界和平。

美国华人全国委员会暨美国华人大会筹备委员会
2016 年 2 月 18 日

联署团体

  • UBC 社区共进会
  • NCCA南加州分会
  • 波士顿华人专业协会 BPN
  • 美国职业移民协会 LIA
  • 北内华达华人协会
  • 大波士顿川渝同乡会
  • 北美莆田同乡联谊会
  • 波士顿剑桥中国文化中心 CCCC
  • 威斯康辛密尔沃基密城时报
  • 科工专威斯康辛州麦迪森城分会
  • 威斯康辛大学麦迪森分院访问学者联谊会
  • 威斯康辛大学之友协会
  • 美国《天下华人》杂志社
  • 华人跨文化协会
  • Lindy Li 理事会
  • 大费城亚裔社区活动中心
  • 新州含德华人协会  HCAA
  • 弗吉尼亚半岛华美协会 PCAA
  • 80-20 Washington DC Area Chapter
  • 佛州中华同乡联合总会
  • 佛州山东同乡会
  • 佛州妇女慈善基金会
  • 南佛州华人商会
  • 南佛州华人通信业者协会
  • 佛州四川暨重庆同乡会
  • Olemiss 密西西比大学学全球学生学者联谊会
  • 大费城华人歺馆协会
  • 北卡华人联合会 CAFA-NC
  • 麻州沙龙中文学校
  • 纽约四川同乡会
  • 美国重庆总商会
  • 纽约华人社团联席会
  • 美国山东总商会
  • 达拉斯华人联盟
  • HQH 美國華裔平等協會
  • 大华府土木工程师沙龙
  • 东弗吉尼亚华美协会
  • 汉普敦路区中文学校协会
  • 江南汇  South Bund
  • 明州华人联合会 MCA
  • 南佛州科教文协会
  • 棕榈滩中文学院 PBCA
  • 佛州福建同乡联合会
  • 北美经济导报 佛州版
  • 佛州湖南同乡会
  • 佛州温州同乡会
  • 美洲芝加哥同源會 CACA Chicago Lodge
  • 美國福建商業聯合總會 FBA
  • 美国华人教育基金会 (洛杉矶)
  • 麻州牛顿市华人协会
  • 芝加哥香港华协会
  • 麻州大安多福华人协会
  • 麻州Acton华人协会
  • 麻州Acton-Boxborough ThinkTank
  • 美华协会维东分会
  • 明州华人工商协会 CABAM
  • 明尼苏达北大校友会
  • 李俊墨世界华人联盟会
  • Milwaukee Chinese Times
  • Legal Immigrant Association
  • Jacksonville Chinese Association
  • 大费城福建同乡会
  • FL West Coast Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • 凤凰城北大校友同学会
  • 美国华兴报 China Tribune
  • Chinese Bio Pharmaceutical Association-USA
  • 美国闽南亲友联谊总会
  • 费城福建猴屿联谊会
  • 闽南亲友联谊总会
  • 大费城华人工商联合总会
  • 中美貿易友好恊會
  • 美国东北同乡会
  • 美国费城福建猴屿联谊会
  • 美国闽南亲友联谊总会谊总会
  • Philadelpgia Chinese Opera society
  • 广西同乡会
  • Mt Sinai Medical Center
  • 美国茂名同乡会
  • 俄州中国文化中心 OCCL
  • 费城亜裔酒商协会
  • 爱荷华州华人协会
  • Community Info Share
  • 科罗拉多州美中交流协会
  • 明尼苏达华夏中文学校
  • 德州高湘汉语学校
  • 新泽西CACC中文学校        
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Overseas Chinese Card “海外华人身份证”建言书

关于呼吁中国政府发放海外华人身份证的建言

 

尊敬的全国人大、全国政协:

值此全国人大和全国政协两会隆重召开之际,美国华人全国委员会暨其他海外华人团体共同郑重呼吁本届人大和政协把 “发放海外华人身份证”一事纳入两会议题,并促成其早日实施。

海外华侨华人一向有回馈故土,帮助祖(籍)国的传统。中国改革开放三十年来,海外华人世界快速成长,在数量上 和影响上也产生了质的变化,五千万海外华侨华人对祖(籍)国在文化交流和 宗亲认同上 产生了日益增强的需求。 同时他们也一如既往, 为中国和世界的交流献计献策,出钱出力, 为中国社会与经济的 发展做出了巨大贡献。 尽管 加入外籍的海外华人已在所在 国落地生根, 但他们依然由衷地热爱祖籍国和中华文化, 并且已经成为中国与世界联结不可或缺的牢固的人文纽带。

我 们看到, 中国政府近年来在方便海外华人来往祖籍国方面做了许多努力和改进, 并在积极探索如何加强海外华人 对祖籍国的认识、 交流和文化认同的新思路。然而,这些努力和措施仍然不能满足海外华人日益增强的需求, 实有必要根据 新的形势进行调整和改革,作出海外华人期待已久的政策创新。

以 世界其他国家的相关法律政策作参考: 近年来印度,越南,菲律宾,马来西亚,以色列,爱尔兰及拉美诸国在吸引 和方便侨民回国采取了许多做法-从恢复或采纳双重国籍到为其侨民发放不同种类的身份证以及提供签证方面的优惠, 不一而足。其中印度的做法尤其值得借鉴。印度和中国同为人口大国,其海外印裔人群的状况与 中国海外华人情况很接近。 印度政府为吸引和方便众多的海外印度人士和其后代回印度访问,工作和生活,增强印度社会和经济发展的活力和全球竞争力,从1999年到2006年间数次大幅度调整和修改相关政策和法律。印度政府给原来持有印度国籍的海外印度裔人士发放“海外印度公民身份证”(Overseas Citizen of India Card),以及给在海外生长的有印度血统人士发放印裔身份证(Person of Indian Origin Card), 给予他们长年甚至终身免签,以及享有除政治权利之外的印度国民待遇等,一举解决了印度和海外印度裔人士间相互的多方面和多层次的需求,创造出一个在今天全球化环境下双赢的局面,在海外印度社区广受欢迎,引起了广泛关注。这些政策的制定不仅是文化血缘的考量,更是全球化趋势下的明智选择,值得中国政府考虑借鉴。

我 们认为,当今的中国已经完全具备条件, 向外籍华人发放这种不具有双重国籍性质的海外华人身份证明, 以满足 大量海外华人回祖籍国探访,工作和生活日益增加的需求,培育海外华人和后代与祖籍国在语言,文化上的传承,族裔上的认同,稳固与加深中国与世界各地的密切关系;  而此举更人文和深远的意义是,  把海外华人的宗亲血脉和故土情怀,  以这种 最富有人性关怀的方式,  紧紧地结合在了一起,  必将产生巨大的凝聚力。在对大量港澳台居民发放了行之有效的 “回乡证”和“台胞证” 年之后,为已入籍他国的海外华人发放身份证明在经济、文化、政治、法律和国际关系上讲不仅是是必要的, 也是完全可行的。

 

我们在了解各国侨民政策和广泛征求海外华人民意的基础上,形成上述意见,并希望能通过这封呼吁信,表达海外华人 的心声。正如美国侨报社论所说,改革海外华人签证和居留政策,是有效实施国家的“中长期人才发展纲要”的必要措施, 也是维系海外华人文化及发展纽带的有效办法,大力推进如此利国利民、创造多赢的好事,正当其时。

 

谢谢各位代表!

美国华人全国委员会   National Council of Chinese Americans(NCCA)

0.   全美中文学校协会   会长:寥启红

1.    丹麦华人总会 主席 林燕标
2.    丹麦中华工商联合协会/Chinese business Association in Denmark    会长 林洲  副会长 叶春迪
3.    丹麦华人总会工商会
4.    丹麦温州同乡会 会长 赵温华
5.    丹麦中国和平统一促进会   会长 叶利宗
6.    德国 汉华中文学校协会/ Hanhua Chinesisch Schule e.V.  会长 周开雰
7.    德国欧华文化出版公司 /Sino-Europaisches Kultur-Verlag GMBH    董事长 蒋丽华
8.    滑铁卢大学学生学者联谊会/University Of Waterloo Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UWCSSA)  主席 高帆9.    秘鲁华侨华人中国和平统一促進会/Asociacion pro-Unificacion pacifica de china en el Peru 会長 周锐波 Victor Chau Yen
10.    葡萄牙中华总商会/Associação de Comerciantes e Industriais Luso-Chinesa    会长 蔡文显
11.    法国华人妇女联合会  会长 邱爱华
12.    中文学校Tidewater /Tidewater Chinese School at ODU Principal :Jiuwang Li
13.    维东华美协会 /Eastern Virginia Chinese America Association President: Jin Hu
14.    Williamsburg 中文学校/Williamsburg Chinese School Principal: Lan Yang

15.    半岛中文学校 /Peninsula Chinese School, VA Principal: Lingyan Zhu
16.    维东中文学校协会/Eastern Virginia Chinese School Association    Co-Chairmans :Chaoyu Liu/Ji Su
17.    美华药协 /Chinese Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, USA   会长: 陈邦华
18.    RPI 中国学生学者会RPI Chinese Students and Scholars Association, RPI    主席:李惠
19.    美国华人生物医药科技协会 Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association-USA 秘书长: 钱敏博士
20.    Everbright School East Branch
Principal Jean Sze
21.    麻州北京中文学校/Massachusetts Beijing Chinese Language School 董事长/校长: 徐卫初
22.    美国大华府重庆同乡会/ Chongqing Association Of Greater Washington DC Area  会长 朱晓波 (PAUL ZHU)
23.    国际中文实验室International Chinese Lab President Jeff Deng
24.    华盛顿国际交响乐/Washington International Symphony Orchestra           音乐总监张祥雨
25.    优胜学院 /Champion Learning Academy 校长 欧阳朝晖 联系电话 919-943-2905
26.    希林芝北中文学校/Xilin North Shore Chinese School 校长 Shi Zhang 章时 联系电话 847-912-1051
27.    希望中文学校赫城校区 /Hope Chinese School at Herndon 校长 钮水林 联系电话 703-561-0776
28.    FEI.COM, INC.        总裁顾教忠
29.    加州河南同乡会          会长:Charles Mee
30.    美国华人教授科学家学社(美华学社)/Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS )
31.    大芝加哥华人妇女商会/Greater Chicago Chinese American Women Chamber Of Commerce
32.    华中科技大学大芝加哥地区校友会/HUST Alumni Association in Greater Chicago
33.    大芝加哥地区中国和平统一促进会/Chinese American Alliance for China’s Peaceful Reunification in Greater Chicago
34.    希林西北中文学校/Xilin Northwest Chinese School
35.    美华学社 /Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists,SoCAPS
36.    波士顿中国校友会联合总会
37.    维东华美协会 /Eastern Virginia Chinese America Association        会长 :Jin Hu
38.    西北大学 中国留学生和学者联合会
39.    San Antonio 华人商会/San Antonio Chinese Alliance
Gary Wang
40.    福建社团理事会
41.    美亚老人会
42.    新泽西华商会
43.    美华药协/Chinese Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, USA
44.    美国华人生物医药科技协会 /Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association-USA
45.    中国学生学者会/RPI Chinese Students and Scholars Association, RPI
46.    美国大华府重庆同乡会 /Chongqing Association Of Greater Washington DC Area
47.    希林芝北中文学校/Xilin North Shore Chinese School
48.    美国植物药协会/American Botanical Drug Association         会长:罗杰
49.    大费城计算机协会          会长:穆建西
50.    世界华人华侨精英联合会         会长:管必红
51.    费城长乐公会        潘涵
52.    大费城华人工商联合总会        会长:吴振海
53.    大费城福建同乡会/ Greater Philadelphia Fujian Association      会长:任美清 Ren, Meiqing
54.    大费城华人餐馆协会 / Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association       会长:林应章 博士. Dr. Lin, Yingzhang.
55.    宾州中国和平统一促进会/Pennsylvania China Unification.     会长: 郑金光Tony Cheng
56.    费城福建猴屿同乡会/Philadelphia China-US Fujian Hou Yu Association      会长: 张子产Zhang, Zichan
57.    费城福建同乡联合会 /Philadelphia Fujian Association      会长: 王建明Jimmy Wang
58.    费城协胜公会/Great Philadelphia Hi Sheng Association      主席: 莫伟良Mo, Weiliang
59.    费城中华公所/ Philadelphia Chinese Benovelian Association     主席: 陈子强Chen, Ziqiang      理事长: 王唐德
60.    费城第一中文学校/ Philadelphia First Chinese School     秘书长: 朱枫Steven Zhu
61.    大费城统一促进会/ Greater Philadelphia Promoting Association of China Unification
62.    Purdue Chinese Chool, West Lafayette, IN
Principal Cynthia Liu
63.    Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA
Associate Professor: 单富良Patrick Fuliang Shan
64.    北卡夏洛特迦密华人中文学校/Carmel Chinese Academy of Charlotte    校长: 曾广斌Jason Guangbin Zeng, MD
65.    犹他州东方中文学校/Utah Oriental Chinese School          校长:万乐
66.    美国硅谷建平中文学校/Champion Youth Enrichment School (CYES)
67.    美国建平国际双语幼儿园/Champion Kinder International School (CKIS)           Executive Director: Jane Yang
68.    美中上海友好協會 /CA Shanghai Friendship Association
69.    留美同學會/ Oversea Chinese Students and Scholars in America Association
70.    美國白領俱樂部 /White Collar Club U.S.A.            會長:戴銘康MING DAI
71.    San Antonio Chinese Alliance            President Donald Lien
72.    半岛华美协会/ Peninsula Chinese America Association           会长:邵红滨 Hongbin Shao
73.    华东师范大学美国校友会/ ECNUAAA         会长: 童忠益博士Zhong Yi Tong, Ph.D
74.    南佛州现代中文学校-棕榈滩分校/The Contemporary Chinese School of South Florida – Palm Beach Campus (CCSSF-PBC)           校长 :钱莲芬, Lianfen Qian
75.    南佛州中华科教文协会 / The Chinese Association of Science, Education and Culture of South Florida(CASEC)
会长:段晓绘 (Paul Duan)
76.    美国国际文化教育交流集团/ International Cultural Bridge Group      CEO: 杨修竹Xiuzhu Yang
77.    悦悦中文学校/ EZChinese School           校长: 邱毅光Yiguang Qiu
78.    罗城中文学校/ Rochester Chinese School          董事长:杨平 (Ping Yang)
79.    《亚美导报》/Asian American Today           社长: 李维华Wendy Lee
80.    孟菲斯中文学校/ Memphis Chinese School          校长:欧阳申Shen OuYang
81.    俄亥俄中国文化中心   President: Dengke Xu
82.    俄州现代中文学校            Principal: Lin Xu
83.    俄州浙江联合会暨浙大校友会  President: Xiyou Chen
84.    俄州武大校友会   President: Qingjie Chen
85.    美国俄亥俄州中国高校校友联合会/Ohio Union of Alumni Associations from Universities in China (OUAAUC) 会长: 范锡波博士
86.    国际关系协会/Society of International Relations (SIR) 范锡波博士 Xibo “Bob” Fan, Ph.D.
87.    美国俄亥俄州清华大学校友会/Ohio Tsinghua University Alumni Association 会长 林万来Wanlai Lin
董事长 范锡波博士Xibo “Bob” Fan, Ph.D.
88.    新移民联合会/New Immigrant United,         President金纬Wei Jin        Director, 王枫 Feng Wang
89.    南加州五洲四海大型中文网站           Founder: Sam He
90.    北卡华人联谊会/ The Chinese-American Friendship Association of North Carolina (CAFA)
91.    New England Chinese Information & Networking Association (NECINA)
92.    中国旅美科技协会华盛顿分会和旅美科协网络学会/Chinese Association for Science and Technology Washington-DC Chapter & Network Society(CAST-DC/NIS)     会长: 宋云明(CAST-DC)       会长: 张永志(CAST-NIS)
93.    全美甘肃联谊会 /American Gansu Friendship Association       会长: 苏彦安
94.    圣安东尼奥华乐乐团/Chinese orchestra of San Antonio 团长:王志明Gary Wang
95.    Xilin academy          Principal: He Xiao Ming
96.    华盛顿中国民族乐团/Washington Chinese Traditional Orchestra        团长:侯学章 Xuezhang Hou
97.    印州西北中文学校/Northwest Indiana Chinese School        Chairman:Wei Zhou
98.    林肯高中/ Lincoln High School 中文老师:萧玲博士 Dr. Ling Xiao
99.    俄州都柏林女足俱乐部 /Dublin Chinese Woman Soccer Club   Director:丘红Hong Qi
100.    巴尔的摩中文学校/ Baltimore Chinese School     Principal: Jia Bei Wang
101.     育才中文分校/Everbright Chinese School  Principal  Michelle Chen
102.     纽约北京中文学校/New York Beijing Chinese School  校长 梁文芝
103.    俄州现代中文学校 /Ohio Contemporary Chinese School (OCCS) 校长: 许琳 Lin Xu
104.    美国军医大学中国学生学者联谊会 /USUHS-CSSA 会长 Gongshe Han
105.     凤凰艺术团/Phoenix Performing Arts     President  Pingrong Liu
106.    Chinese Association of Greater Detroit, President  Nian Xiao
107.    密西根新世纪中文学校 /Michigan New Century Chinese School 校长:孔喆
108.    加拿大蒙特利尔孔子学校/ Montreal Confucius School 校长:李小琴
109.     美华商报,华盛顿
110.    丹麦中国和平统一促进会 永远荣誉会长:马文新
111.    哈维中文学校 Howard County Chinese School            董事长:张斌 校长:张国威
112.    缅因中国语言文化中心 Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine          主任:Jing Zhang
113.    班戈中文学校 Bangor Chinese School          校长:Jing Zhang
114.    伟博教育中心         校长:韦剑波
115.    净水城中文学校 Stillwater Chinese School, Oklahoma         校长:Hong Lin
116.    Milwaukee Chinese Community Council (MCCC)
117.    MIlwaukee Modern Chinese School (MCSS)
118.    芝加哥华人艺术团 Chicago Chinese Performing Arts (CCPA)
119.    美中教育协会 Education Association For China Tomorrow          总裁:王军          主席:黄企芷
120.    留学英才网  liuxuejob.com
121.    东安公所  Tung On Association          会长:梁鸿昇
122.     中华妇女会  Chinese American Women’s Sisterhood Society of Philadelphia              会长:胡惠霞
123.     鹤山公所 Hok San Association of Philadelphia          会长:吕剑云
124      洪门致公堂  Chinese Freemason Association          会长:吕剑云
125      崇正会   Tsung Tsin Association          会长:赖玉光
126.     岗州会馆  Kong Chow Benevolent Association          会长:李深明
127.     安良工商会    On Leong Chinese Merchant Association          会长:黄伟星
128      华侨工会     Greater Philadelphia Overseas Chinese Association           会长:郭国强
129.     大费城乔学界   Philadelphia Overseas Chinese Organization United          秘书长:梁鸿昇
130.     Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
131.     Greater Cincinnati Chinese School
132.     Huaxia Chinese School in Mason
133.     Chinese Association of Iowa
134.     Kansas City Group
135.     New Immigrant United (New York)
136.     华盛顿北京大学校友会  PUAA-DC
President: Chang Zhao

 

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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 the Chinese 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 the Chinese Exclusion Actwas 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
Charlie Zhao, Executive Chairman;Luyuan Li, Chairman of Board of Directors
David Wu, Chairman of Board of Advisors;Xiaolin Wang, Chairman of Board of Trustees

National Council of Chinese Americans (www.myNCCA.org)
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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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