- 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.
- U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that strengthens a regulatory committee’s powers to oversee foreign investments in the U.S.
- The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which was established in 1975, is now tasked with expanding its areas of review and ensuring its responsiveness to “evolving national security threats.”
- The order directs CFIUS to review the sectors of microelectronics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and biomanufacturing, quantum computing, advanced clean energy and climate adaptation technologies, which all happen to be areas of focus in China’s “Made in China 2025” plan.
- It also instructs the committee to review cybersecurity risks posed by foreign investments that may threaten national security.
- The order marks the first time since the establishment of CFIUS that a president has laid out risks that the committee must consider across transactions.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that fortifies a regulatory committee’s powers to screen foreign investments in the U.S., many of which included Chinese shares in tech in recent years.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which was established in 1975 under the Ford administration, is now tasked with expanding its areas of review, as well as regularly evaluating its processes, practices and regulations to ensure that they “remain responsive to evolving national security threats.”
Editor’s note: Erika L. Moritsugu is Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison at the White House.
Krystal Ka‘ai is Executive Director of the White House Initiative and President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
- K-pop sensation BTS reportedly paid out of pocket for their trip to the White House, where they met with President Biden to discuss anti-Asian hate.
- Washington Post contributor Soo Youn posted on Twitter that the boy band had paid for their visit themselves.
- “Oh, I asked if BTS paid for the trip or the WH paid and it was BTS. They paid their own way, this was something they wanted to do, per WH sources.”
- It came as no surprise to many netizens, who exclaimed the members were genuinely outstanding people.
K-pop sensations BTS reportedly paid out of pocket for their trip to the White House to meet with President Biden to discuss anti-Asian hate.
Washington Post contributor Soo Youn posted the news on Twitter on Tuesday.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson officially put himself on the BTS Army hit list after making a sly comment about the White House inviting a “Korean pop group” to discuss anti-Asian hate.
In Carlson’s May 31 segment, he reported, “Things have gotten very bad for Joe Biden, both public-facing and internally. What are they doing about it? Well, they broke glass in case of emergency and invited a Korean pop group to speak at the White House today.”
President Biden touts community funding, COVID Hate Crimes Act signing in AANHPI Heritage Month proclamation
- President Biden released the White House’s annual proclamation on Asian American, and now Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month for May, laying out how his administration is supportive of these communities.
- Biden’s administration announced earlier this year that it would be using “AANHPI” instead of “AAPI,” to include Native Hawaiians. Hawaii is the only state to be considered having a majority AANHPI population.
- AANHPIs are also the country’s fastest-growing racial group, with over 20 million people, or 6.1 percent of the total population, identifying as AANHPI.
- It is predicted that by the year 2060, one in 10 children in the U.S. will be Asian American, bringing that number to 48 million, or 11.7% of the population.
- In his proclamation, Biden shared that he was “proud” to have Vice President Kamala Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to hold the second-in-command role, as part of his administration.
- The two key takeaways were Biden’s investments to the AA and NHPI communities, including funds specifically allocated to AANHPI causes and businesses, and legal action to combat anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes due to COVID-19.
President Biden released the White House’s annual proclamation on Asian American, and now Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month for May, laying out how his administration is supportive of these communities.
This year’s statement, released on April 29, celebrates the “innumerable contributions” and “vibrant cultures” of AA and NHPI.
Biden press secretary attributes anti-Asian hate crime spike to ‘hateful rhetoric’ about COVID-19 origins
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blamed “hateful rhetoric” about COVID-19’s origins for the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
- A reporter asked a question about President Joe Biden’s plans to address the three-fold hate crime increase under the current administration.
- Psaki responded by saying Biden created a task force and hired a senior-level staffer to represent him for issues concerning the Asian American community.
- “We've seen this rise unfortunately because of hate-filled rhetoric and language around the origins of the pandemic and that is something that Asian Americans across the country have been feeling,” Psaki said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attributed the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to “hateful rhetoric” about COVID-19’s origins.
The assertion was made during the White House press briefing on Tuesday as part of Psaki’s response to a reporter’s question that referenced a “339%” hate crime increase under the current administration.
- 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
- Authorities found an AR-15-type rifle inside Kuachua Brillion Xiong’s vehicle after he was pulled over for “driving aggressively” in Iowa on Dec. 21.
- Investigators also uncovered several items inside his car, including a TikTok hit list containing 100 names, including President Joe Biden, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Mark Zuckerberg.
- Xiong planned to enter through a White House security “weak spot” to fight “evil demons.”
- He was charged with one count of making threats against a former president of the United States.
A heavily-armed man who was allegedly on his way to the White House to kill figures of authority – such as President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Barack Obama – has been arrested in Iowa.
Cass County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kuachua Brillion Xiong, 25, a recently fired grocery store employee from Merced, California, for “driving aggressively” on Interstate 80 in Cass County, Iowa, on Dec. 21, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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.