Opinion | A Rise in Anti-China Sentiment in America

To the editor:

Regarding “A Home Buying Ban Shakes Chinese Nationals in Florida” (news article, May 7):

The excellent report by Amy Qin and Patricia Mazzei shows why state Rep. David Borrero, a Republican from the Miami area, is wrong to claim that national security interests take precedence over accusations of discrimination.

Time and time again we see this false dichotomy being used to justify civil rights violations against Asian Americans. This was the case at major touchpoints throughout our history, from the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II to the Department of Justice’s now-defunct China Initiative, which led to increased targeting, of profiling and misprocessing of Asian American and immigrant researchers, scientists, and scientists. and teachers, particularly those of Chinese descent.

The intolerant thinking espoused by Rep. Borrero and others who support these initiatives should not go unchecked.

Joanna Yang – Qing Derman
Washington
The writer is the director of the Anti-Profiling, Civil Rights and National Security program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC.

To the editor:

Laws in Florida and other states banning home purchases by many Chinese citizens and businesses demonstrate growing anti-China sentiment among Americans.

A nondiscriminatory federal law could achieve more effective curbs on China’s geopolitical goals: requiring the “country of manufacture” to appear prominently in all online product advertising.

Purchases by consumers who would benefit from such a law would be better informed, could alter the trade imbalance between the United States and China, and would not invite retaliation. Full disclosure of product sources could allow consumers, without government involvement, to show support or disapproval of China.

William Dolan
Richmond Hill, Georgia.

To the editor:

Re “Let’s All Breathe Deeply About China,” by Rory Truex (guest opinion essay, May 6):

Laundries. Railways. Now, technology companies. Fear of the “Chinese” threat to American livelihoods is deeply embedded in the American political imagination, as Dr. Truex points out.

This fear also affects political decisions. Until American policymakers recognize that fear is a significant factor in shaping American policy toward China, I fear we will continue to compromise American values ​​by pursuing reactionary, fear-based policies, such as preventing Chinese students from studying abroad. STEM fields in American universities.

M. Robinson hunting
London
The writer is an American Ph.D. He candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

To the editor:

Re “Harris warns of future restrictive Supreme Court rulings” (news article, May 10):

Vice President Kamala Harris articulated in her interview with The Times what deserves to be a central message of the Biden-Harris re-election campaign. She highlighted the threat to reproductive freedom posed by certain members of the Supreme Court and suggested that the court could limit a wide range of civil rights and personal liberties of many Americans.

Former President Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans pose a similar threat. Examples of rights that are already in jeopardy include our right to vote, our right to marry whomever we want, our right to contraception, our right to an objective study of our national history, our right to read what we want, and our right to own our gender identity.

The Biden-Harris campaign would do well to remind Americans of these threats as the presidential election approaches.

Charles W. Mitchell
Parkton, Maryland.

To the editor:

Regarding “Three Columbia Workers Recount the Terrible Time They Spent Trapped in the Hallway” (front page, May 9):

It is evident that the Columbia University administration was grossly negligent in its duty to protect maintenance workers during the takeover of Hamilton Hall.

What I find at least as troubling was the protesters’ complete disregard for the safety (physical and emotional) of the maintenance workers in the room.

Not showing them any respect and treating them with a lack of decency called into question the values ​​of the protesters. What does it say about them that their actions did not include treating maintenance workers with dignity and respect?

Maida Cohen La Mell
Evanston, sick.

To the editor:

Re “Clues to Beethoven’s deafness could be hidden in the strands of his hair” (cover, May 8):

I am a bilateral cochlear implant recipient who lost and regained my hearing not once, but twice. The story of how Ludwig van Beethoven coped with his increasing deafness while he continued to compose and conduct has always provided me with a special inspiration that transcends his music.

Every time I listen to his compositions, I hear more than exquisitely written and performed notes. I hear the voice of a human being who is overcoming trauma, adversity, and fear through his art, whispering to me not to despair, but, like him, to make the most of what I have while I can in my own way.

As scientists unravel the mystery of why Beethoven lost his hearing, the real story will always remain his perseverance, despite experiences that many of us also have: his inclination to isolate himself and not attend social functions so as not to have to admit his deafness. His deep depression and his fleeting thoughts of ending it all before stopping and recognizing that he still had a lot to offer. The endless visits to doctors who couldn’t determine why he was losing his hearing or how to stop it.

While it is undeniably important to uncover the reasons for the many root causes of deafness, let us not allow scientists, doctors, and other members of the hearing community at large to forget the humanity behind the experience of losing hearing.

For many of us, as we celebrate the bicentenary of the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven’s true legacy will always be one of hope.

Greg Jose
Sun City, Arizona.

To the editor:

Re “Authors must defend PEN America,” by Pamela Paul (column, May 1):

I am also a member of PEN and applaud Ms Paul’s column. Canceling PEN’s annual Global Voices Festival due to criticism from a group of writers was a capitulation to one perspective on the current war between Israel and Hamas.

PEN’s strength is its ability to persevere through difficult periods of protest without in any way diminishing its presence as a leading venue for thought, literary expression, and advocacy against the unjust repression of writers around the world. Our organization has a vital role and commitment that leans toward a perspective that excludes others weakens it.

Allan Graubard
NY
The writer is a poet, playwright and critic.

To the editor:

Re “Trump promises deportations, anti-violence coverage” (news article, May 1):

Just as Donald Trump envisions the presidency, we might as well do without the swearing-in ceremony if he is elected. The oath of office means nothing to him. He has no intention of preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

Douglas Williams
Minneapolis

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