- 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.”
Historian Judy Yung, who was instrumental in documenting the lives of Chinese American women, died on Dec. 14 at the age of 74.
Early life: Before becoming an award-winning author and educator, Yung was already doing her part for the Asian American community, developing Asian language materials and Asian American library collections while working as a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library’s Chinatown Branch and the Oakland Public Library’s Asian Branch.
There has been a massive increase in philanthropic work by Chinese and Chinese Americans in recent years, a new study found.
From 2000 to 2014, the number of Chinese American foundations in the U.S. soared to around 1,300, a 418% increase versus 195% of the general population. Between 2008 and 2014, major charitable contributions of Chinese Americans jumped fivefold to just below $500 million.
What is it like being a Chinese-American living in the United States? Wenjun Chen and Yanmei Jiang from Guangzhou, China, set out to find the answer to that question via a road trip that took them through the US visiting Chinese-American families and documenting their everyday lives in pictures.
Chen and Jiang, both photographers, scoured social media to find families who would give them temporary shelter in exchange for including them in their project, according to Shanghaiist (via Sina). This involved taking family photos for them and documenting their everyday lives. The trip that took them three months to finish introduced them to new-found friends while they lived with 13 families across 18 US cities.