- President Joe Biden met several hate crime survivors and the relatives of mass shooting victims during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
- Among those invited was Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent attack in New York City on March 29, 2021.
- Kari's daughter, Elizabeth, founded AAP(I belong) following the incident. The nonprofit organization was established as a “place to share stories and words of encouragement from those who have encountered anti-Asian hatred.”
- “As President Biden and his administration are calling for an end to hate fueled violence in our country, they had asked my mom to join a panel to share her story as a survivor and her thoughts of how we can overcome hate,” Elizabeth wrote in AAP(I belong)’s recent Instagram post.
President Joe Biden recently met several hate crime survivors – including Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent incident in New York City – during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
The recent summit was hosted to “counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety” and honor “the resilience of communities who are healing from hateful attacks, including mass shootings, from Oak Creek to Orlando, Charleston, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, and beyond,” the White House said.
Amid tensions over Taiwan, Xi warns Biden in 2-hour call: ‘Those who play with fire will only get burnt’
- In a call that lasted over two hours, Chinese President Xi Jinping sternly warned U.S. President Biden, “Those who play with fire will only get burnt,” referring to the U.S.’ potential support of Taiwan’s independence.
- The call on Thursday was their fifth since Biden took office in 2021 and the longest that the two have ever shared at two hours and 17 minutes, which speaks to the rising tensions between the world’s two most powerful economies.
- China has refused to compromise on its “one-China principle,” which asserts that Taiwan remains an inalienable part of China as a territory despite its separate political system.
- Taiwan has similarly remained strong in its stance of independence, which has provoked aggression from China, including the increase of its military presence near the island.
- The news of the extended phone call comes amid House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan.
In a call that lasted over two hours, Chinese President Xi Jinping sternly warned President Biden, “Those who play with fire will only get burnt,” referring to the U.S.’ involvement in Taiwan’s independence.
The call on Thursday, which began at 8:33 a.m. ET, was their fifth since Biden took office in 2021 and the longest that the two have ever shared at two hours and 17 minutes, which speaks to the rising tensions between the world’s two most powerful economies.
A new poll reveals that Democrats are losing the support of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in swing states, which is predicted to have a large impact on the Congressional and general elections.
In a poll commissioned by Civiqs for AAPI civic engagement organization Justice Unites Us, Democrats no longer have the same backing of AAPI votes in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia as they did in 2020.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen confirmed the Biden administration’s intention to use sanction tools against China if Beijing ever “moved aggressively toward Taiwan.”
In response to Congressman Patrick McHenry’s (R-NC) questioning on April 6, Yellen confirmed the administration’s “ability and resolve” to sanction China if aggression against Taiwan ever came to light. She backed her position by stating, “I believe we’ve shown we can impose significant pain on aggressive countries, as evidenced by sanctions against Russia.”
- Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called President Joe Biden a “damp sock puppet in human form” after the White House snubbed him for the second time at an Electric Vehicle (EV) summit on Jan. 26.
- Musk, who unveiled Tesla’s showroom in China’s Uyghur Autonomous Region earlier this month, blasted the president on social media last year after being excluded from a similar White House meeting in August 2021.
- He said the administration was "maybe a little biased" when he was snubbed last year.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO and billionaire Elon Musk recently took to social media to criticize President Joe Biden and call him a “damp sock puppet” for not inviting him to a White House meeting for top business leaders.
Musk, 50, blasted Biden in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he described the POTUS as a “damp socket puppet in human form,” according to Fox Business. The tweets were sent as a reply to Biden’s tweet stating that “Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.”
- Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Senior Liaison Erika Moritsugu spoke to NextShark about the Biden presidency one year in.
- Inclusivity and acknowledgement of the diverse realities of AANHPIs in America have been key to the White House’s priorities, says Moritsugu.
One year into the Biden Administration, Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Senior Liaison Erika Moritsugu reflected on the efforts of the White House to better serve our communities.
Committed to Asian American communities
- New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who was sworn in on Saturday, said President Joe Biden should apologize to the Chinese community for the surge in attacks amid the pandemic.
- While in office, former President Donald Trump routinely referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus” and “kung flu.”
- The new mayor has recognized the Chinese community’s contributions during the pandemic and plans on sending a letter to Biden about the apology.
President Joe Biden should apologize to the Chinese community over the former administration’s COVID-19 rhetoric, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D-N.Y.) said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“The president right now should stand up and say, ‘On behalf of the American people, we apologize to the Chinese community,’” Adams said. “We had a president that called COVID the ‘Chinese disease.’ He used hatred terminology. This is a big moment for our country: that we would never allow the Oval Office to be used to attack people in our country.”
Kamala Harris declines to comment on report alleging she believes she is marginalized because of her race
- A New York Times article alleged Vice President Kamala Harris has privately claimed she is treated differently in her role, because she is a woman and a racial minority.
- The vice president, who is Black and Indian, allegedly made private statements suggesting the media and the Biden administration do not take her as seriously as they would a white man.
- During an interview with “Face the Nation” on CBS, Harris declined to comment on the original article’s claims, saying instead, “I will leave that for others to deal with.”
In an interview Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris declined to comment on an article claiming she expressed beliefs she has been treated unfairly, because she is a woman and racial minority.
A New York Times article from Dec. 23 reported the vice president has been frustrated with the way she is being treated in the media as well as by the Biden administration. The article cited private conversations with “allies” and “confidants” of Harris that demonstrated her displeasure with the situation.
Biden names Daniel Dae Kim, 22 others to AANHPI Advisory Commission tackling anti-Asian hate, inequity
The White House has announced the list of civic leaders to make up the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), which will offer him counsel on ways to advance equity and opportunity for the target communities.
Who made the list: Biden named 23 members to the commission. Most of them are in the private sector, a likely response to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Asian American businesses.
White House allegedly cut Taiwan minister’s feed after map of Taiwan and China in different colors shown
Anonymous sources said Biden’s Summit for Democracy disabled Taiwan Minister Audrey Tang’s screen-sharing abilities during her presentation at the command of White House officials, according to Reuters.
Sources reveal intentional interference: Reuters reported that during President Biden’s Summit for Democracy on Dec. 10, Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang’s video feed was intentionally cut off leaving only her audio feed for the rest of her presentation.
Washington D.C. – Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra launched the Biden-Harris Administration’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) and announced U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai as his co-chair of both the White House Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The Initiative, which was created in response to the President’s Executive Order (EO) 14031, Advancing Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, is charged with driving an ambitious, whole-of-government agenda to advancing equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities in the United States.
Like other communities of color, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to exacerbating long-standing health inequities facing AA and NHPI communities, the language of some political leaders during this public health crisis has also fueled a spike in anti-Asian bias, xenophobia, and violence. To address these inequities, the new WHIAANHPI is housed within HHS, returning this initiative to the Department where it was first launched under the Clinton Administration in 1999.
China claims to have a better ‘democracy that works’ after not being invited to Biden’s Summit for Democracy
China has recently claimed it has a better democratic system than the U.S.
Chinese-style democracy: China’s State Council, the chief administrative authority in the country, made the pronouncement via a recently released position paper titled “China: Democracy That Works,” as published by state media Xinhua.