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Never forget...“You have to know the past to understand the present.” - Carl Sagan


At 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2021, MIT Professor Gang Chen was making coffee when someone came to the door. He opened it to see between 10 and 20 federal agents. He was told to stand in a corner while agents went to wake his wife and daughter. When his wife saw that he was being handcuffed and led away, she began to speak to the F.B.I. agents, and he considered calling out to her, to tell her to stop, but was afraid to speak. New York Times, 1/24/2022 ... One spring morning in 2015, Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a Chinese-American physics professor at Temple University awoke to violent banging on the front door of his home outside Philadelphia. When he opened the door, a group of armed FBI agents handcuffed him and rounded up his wife and daughters at gunpoint as they walked out of their bedrooms with their hands up, still in pajamas. Professor Xi had no idea what the agents wanted, but he did what they said to keep them from shooting. Later, Professor Xi learned that FBI agents had been listening to his phone calls and reading his emails for months — possibly years.

ACLU News 10/31/2017 ... On December 10, 1999, Dr. Wen Ho Lee, a U.S. citizen born in Taiwan in 1939, worked at Los Alamos for 20 years. After a meandering five-year investigation, Dr. Lee was incarcerated and interrogated, shackled and polygraphed, and all but threatened with execution by a federal agent for not admitting spying. But prosecutors were never able to connect him to espionage. New York Times, 02/04/2001 2023~ Florida SB264 restricts Chinese citizens from purchasing real estate 2022~ Texas SB 147 attempt to ban all Chinese citizens from owning property March 2020-March 2022 ~ 11,467 hate incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S were recorded by Stop Asian Hate 2018~ China Initiative was an effort by the US DOJ to prosecute perceived Chinese spies in American research and industry 1952 ~ Immigration and Nationality Act Permitted all persons, regardless of race, to naturalize in the US, but retained the discriminatory national quota system. 1942 ~ President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 resulting in the incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans 1933~ Roldan vs. LA County: The California appellate court ruled against Roldan because he was a Filipino who belonged to the "Mongolian race" and therefore could not marry a white woman. The Supreme Court of California would not review the case. 1913 ~ California Alien Land Act prohibited “aliens ineligible to citizenship” from owning agricultural land 1882~ Chinese Exclusion Act prevented immigration of all Chinese 1875~ Page Act prohibited the entry of Chinese women “Study the past if you would define the future.”

- Confucius *This timeline highlights only a partial overview of historical systemic racism against Asian Americans


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