Posts in March 1997 b

To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 27 Mar 97 12:30:48 EST
From: “J.C.”
Subject: CAC List Mail: Religious Freedom Amendment

To Fellow CAC’ers:


J. Chang


Subject: Press Release – Religious Freedom Amendment

This press release about the Religious Freedom Amendment was
sent out yesterday afternoon. If you have any questions or
comments about this press release or about the Family
Research Council, please visit our web site at:


CONTACT: Kristi Hamrick (202)-393-2100,
For Radio: Kristin Hansen
FOR SOUNDBITES: Call the FRC Direct Newsline
(202)-393-NEWS (6397)


WASHINGTON — Family Research Council President Gary Bauer
on Monday commended Rep. Ernest Istook along with other
congressional leaders for supporting and defending the
Religious Freedom Amendment. Bauer made the following
statement in the U.S. Capitol building as part of an 11 a.m.
news conference put together by the congressman and including
Ralph Reed, Jay Sekulow, Colby May, Pat Trueman and other
leaders in the fight to protect faith expression.

“It is alarming to watch judges add brick upon brick to the
so-called ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The
Supreme Court and our federal courts have gutted the Free
Exercise Clause of the Constitution, and enshrined the
Establishment Clause as the cornerstone of the First
Amendment, relegating our most important freedoms to a
distant second place.

“People of faith are regarded as ‘second-class citizens’ and
routinely discriminated against by the government when it
comes to programs or benefits. The drafters of the First
Amendment certainly did not intend to require discrimination
against religion or to ban all religious speech and exercise
from the public square. Nothing short of a constitutional
amendment can set our religious freedom jurisprudence back on

“The Religious Freedom Amendment will restore and protect our
children’s ability to voluntarily pray in school and at
school graduations, and will allow communities to display the
Ten Commandments, menorahs, and other symbols of
religious holidays as part of our rich heritage and tradition.
It will also require that government treat people of faith
fairly and equally, giving successful initiatives such as
faith-based drug rehabilitation programs an equal opportunity
to assist those in need.

“Family Research Council calls on all members of Congress to
defend the rights that Americans of faith have held since the
founding of our country and to support the Religious Freedom


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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 25 Mar 97 13:55:24 EST
From: “J.C.”
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: American Airlines Supports Homosexuality

Dear Ken:

The info regarding AA’s support of homosexuality can be found on the web sites
of respected Christian ministries such as the Family Research Council, Concerned
Women for America, & the American Family Association. These reputable
organizations expend extensive efforts to research & document information before
publicly disseminating it.

They are normally on the national frontlines of the debates about moral,
biblical, family issues & therefore would consider any unintentional
misinformation on their parts a crucial setback for their organizational
integrities. This is not to say that they can never makes mistakes, so again,
it is usually wise to take steps to investigate further as needed.

I have not circulated any information regarding Madeline Murray O’Hare’s (sp?)
alleged attempts to shut down Christian radio broadcasting. This false rumor
encouraged many believers to petition the Federal Communictions Commission (FCC)
to put an end to her purported plans. According to my understanding, she is
presently missing & cannot be located. She has not been confirmed to be dead.
Perhaps you may have more current info on her status than I have.

Another false rumor also making the Christian circles is the one regarding
Proctor & Gamble’s suspected satanic sympathies, supposedly evidenced through
some of its logo design of certain products. Again, there is no veracity to
this allegation at all.

All this is still tangential to the intent behind the original email to inform
CAC’ers of AA’s association with homosexuality & to then motivate believers to
action & prayer.

Thanks for your input!

In Him,
J. Chang

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 23:37:34 -0800
From: Ken Fong
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: American Airlines Supports Homosexuality

I agree. Was it J.C. who was spreading the rumor about the latest
Madelyn Murray O’Hare scare when she’s been dead a couple of years? In
regards to this AmAirlines thing, though, I’m inclined to believe it
just because one of my staff used to work for Continental and says that
80% of the counter people and stewards are gay. This is not a call to
bash gays, but it’s an industry-wide fact.


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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 24 Mar 97 19:19:57 -0800
From: “Jarrad Techico”
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: American Airlines Supports Homosexuality

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I’d like to know what your sources are for such accusations, before I
participate in such a protest. I’m sure others would like to know as well.
If you could be so kind as to include this the next time you send something
like this out, lest it be grounds for inappropriate rumors. We as Christians
need to be careful, if we are to exemplify love for one another.




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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 24 Mar 97 17:57:18 EST
From: “J.C.”
Subject: CAC List Mail: American Airlines Supports Homosexuality

Dear Concerned CAC’ers:


Subject: American Airlines Supports Homosexuality

Tell American Airlines to Stop Promoting Homosexuality. American Airlines has been a supporter
of the homosexual lifestyle by contributing a portion of its profits to organizations such as
Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

On February 18, 1997 Concerned Women for American joined with Family Research Council,
Coral Ridge Ministries, and American Family Association in a letter that urged American
Airlines to stop advocating homosexuality.

Last year, American Airlines sponsored the April 1996 Cherry Jubilee festival — an expansive
homosexual party. The homosexual magazine, the Advocate, described such parties as not
simply dances at which people have a few cocktails or a few puffs of pot. Many of them —
most, according to friends who have traveled the circuit — are festivals of serious drug
consumption, the Woodstocks of gay life.”

Cherry Jubilee was also marked by episodes of public homosexual sex. American Airlines deemed
itself “the official airline of Cherry Jubilee” and it gave an extra 10 percent discount on
the airfare of those attending the festival.

Let American Airlines know that you want them to stop promoting homosexuality. You can write
to American Airlines by addressing your letter to:

Robert L. Crandall
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
AMR Corporation and American Airlines, Inc.
4333 Amon Carter Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76155

or fax your letter to: 817-967-4162

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 20:33:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Bills introduced re: immigration/naturalization

More FYI. These are bills introduced to Congress over the issue of
immigration and naturalization.
Legal Immigration:

H.R. 347 — Rep. Bob Stump (R-AZ) on January 7 introduced the Immigration
Moratorium Act of 1997. The bill calls for a reduction in legal immigration
from the current level of over 900,000 each year to about 275,000 a year.

H.R. 429 — Rep. Owen Pickett (D-VA) on January 9 introduced the Nato
Special Immigrant Amendments of 1997. The bill would make civilian employees
of NATO eligible for the same special immigrant status currently granted to
employees of international organizations.

S. 111 — Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) on January 21 introduced a bill to
facilitate the immigration to the United States of certain Filipinos and
Japanese fathered by U.S. citizens.

H.R. 793 — Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on February 13 introduced a bill to
allow Persian Gulf evacuees who were paroled or otherwise admitted to the
U.S. temporarily to adjust to permanent residence status after one year.

H.R. 890 — Rep. John Porter (R-IL) on February 27 introduced a bill to
grant “special immigration” status to certain aliens working as journalists
in Hong Kong.


H.R. 825 — Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on February 25 introduced a bill to
require the Attorney General to develop regulations to grant asylum on the
basis of “gender-related persecutions.”

Border Control:

H.R. 805 — Rep. James Traficant (D-OH) on February 13 introduced a bill to
authorize the Secretary of Defense to assign Department of Defense personnel
to assist the INS.

S. 408 — Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on March 5 introduced the Border
Infrastructure Safety and Congestion Relief Act of 1997, which would
authorize $125 million each year from 1998 to 2001 to be put into a Border
Transportation Infrastructure Fund.

H.R. 969 — Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) on March 6 introduced a Border
Infrastructure Safety and Congestion Relief Act of 1997 that is identical to
Sen. Boxer’s S. 408.


H.R. 371 — Rep. Bruce Vento (D-MN) on January 7 introduced the Hmong
Veterans Naturalization Act of 1997. By waiving the five-year residence and
English language requirement, the bill would expedite the naturalization of
aliens (or their spouses or widows) who served with a special guerrilla unit
operating in Laos in support of the United States between 1961 and 1978.

H.R. 574 — Rep. Patsy Mink (D-HI) on February 4 introduced a bill to reduce
the standards of naturalization for certain aliens.

H.R. 602 — Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on February 5 introduced a bill
authorizing the Attorney General to waive the English language requirement
for the naturalization of aliens over 65 years of age who have lived in the
United States as legal permanent residents for “periods totalling” at least
five years.

H.R. 662 — Rep. Carrie Meek (D-FL) on February 10 introduced the
Naturalization of Older Persons Act of 1997.

S. 118 — Sen. Daniel Inouye on January 21 introduced a bill that would
allow certain Filipinos who served in an active duty status during World War
II to have U.S. naturalization interviews and oaths of allegiance
administered in the Philippines.

Birthright Citizenship:

H.R. 7 — Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) on January 7 introduced the Citizenship
Reform Act of 1997, which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to
deny U.S. citizenship to children born in the United States to
illegal-immigrant parents.

H.R. 346 — Rep. Bob Stump (R-AZ) on January 7 introduced a bill making a
congressional declaration that a child born in the U.S. to a mother who is
not a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident is not a U.S.
citizen solely by reason of birth in the United States.

Employer Sanctions:

H.R. 231 — Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL) on January 7 introduced a bill to
improve the integrity of the Social Security card and applies the criminal
penalties for identification-document fraud to fraud relating to
work-authorization documents.

H.R. 470 — Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) on January 21 introduced the Eliminate
the Magnet for Illegal Immigration Act of 1997, which would enhance
enforcement of employer sanctions.

H.R. 471 — Rep. Elton Gallegly on January 21 introduced the Illegal Alien
Employment Disincentive Act of 1997, which would provide that work
experience gained while employed as an unauthorized alien in the U.S. would
not count toward the work experience requirements for admission as an
employment-based immigrant or as an H-1B nonimmigrant worker.

S. 103 — Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on January 21 introduced the United
States Worker Protection and Illegal Immigrant Deterrence Act of 1997.

Public Assistance:

H.R. 661 — Rep. Elton Gallegly on February 10 introduced a bill that would
limit the authority of public housing agencies to elect not to comply with
eligibility verification procedures established by last year’s immigration

H.R. 663 — Rep. Carrie Meek (D-FL) on February 10 introduced the Legal
Immigrants’ Fairness Act of 1997, which would amend the welfare reform law
to make legal permanent residents eligible for Supplemental Security Income

H.R. 666 — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on February 11 introduced a bill
to amend the welfare reform law to make certain legal permanent residents
eligible for food stamps and SSI.

H.R. 667 — Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) on February 11 introduced a bill
to amend the welfare law to make legal permanent residents with “total and
permanent” disabilities which arose after admission to the U.S. eligible for
food stamps and SSI.

H.R. 761 — Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on February 13 introduced a bill to
amend last year’s welfare reform law by allowing noncitizen welfare
recipients, who become ineligible for welfare in August 1997 under the new
law, to continue receiving welfare benefits after the August cutoff date if
the they have filed an application for naturalization prior to that date.

H.R. 849 — Rep. Ron Packard (R-CA) on February 26 introduced a bill to
prohibit illegal aliens from receiving relocation or property acquisition
assistance under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property
Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.

S. 392 — Sen. Dianne Feinstein on March 5 introduced a bill that would
allow certain lawful permanent residents to retain their eligibility for
Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

H.R. 931 — Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) on March 5 introduced a bill that is
identical to Sen. Feinstein’s S. 392.


H.R. 119 — Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on January 7 introduced the Protecting
American Workers Act of 1997, which would seek to ensure that American
workers are not displaced by temporary H-1B nonimmigrant workers willing to
work for lower wages or without benefits.

H.R. 225 — Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL) on January 7 introduced a bill to
allow certain aliens age 55 or over to obtain a four-year nonimmigrant
visitor’s visa.

H.R. 601 — Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on February 5 introduced a bill to
allow local educational agencies to waive the reimbursement of the cost of
education otherwise required for an alien to be granted nonimmigrant status
to study at a public secondary school.

Official English:

H.R. 123 — Rep. Randy “Duke Cunningham (R-CA) on January 7 introduced the
Bill Emerson English Language Empowerment Act of 1997.

H.R. 662 — Rep. Bob Stump (R-AZ) on February 5 introduced the Declaration
of Official Language Act of 1997.

S. 323 — Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) on February 13 introduced the Language
of Government Act of 1997.


A number of bills have been introduced to bar noncitizens from contributing
to federal election campaigns. These include:
H.R. 34, introduced by Rep. Doug Bereuter (R-NE) on January 7
H.R. 179, introduced by Rep. William Goodling (R-PA) on January 7
H.R. 354, introduced by Rep. William Thomas (R-CA) on January 7
H.R. 610,, introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) on February 5
S. 95, introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) on January 21

H.R. 345 — Rep. Bob Stump (R-AZ) on January 7 introduced a bill to repeal
the National Voter Registration Act (a/k/a Motor-Voter).

H.R. 203 – Rep. Jay Kim (R-CA) on January 7 introduced a bill to designate
the Republic of Korea as a visa waiver pilot country for one year.

S. 145 — Sen. Daniel Moynihan (D-NY) on January 21 introduced a bill to
repeal the provisions in last year’s immigration and welfare reform laws
that prohibit state and local governments from restricting in any way
communications between government officials and the INS.

S. 290 — Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) on February 6 introduced a bill to
establish a visa waiver pilot program for nationals of the Republic of Korea
who are traveling to the U.S. in tour groups.

H.R. 627 — Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) on February 6 also introduced a
bill to establish a visa waiver pilot program for nationals of the Republic
of Korea who are traveling to the U.S. in tour groups.

H.R. 844 — Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) on February 26 introduced a bill to
prohibit aliens who are not lawful permanent residents from buying or
possessing firearms.

H.R. 850 — Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) on February 26 introduced a bill to
amend last year’s immigration law by limiting the provisions that prohibit
state and local governments from restricting communications between their
officials and the INS.

S. 380 — Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) on February 27 introduced the
Durbin-Kennedy Empire State Building Counter-Terrorism Act of 1997, which
would prohibit the sale of firearms to certain temporary nonimmigrants.

H.R. 949 — Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) on March 5 introduced a bill to prohibit
the sale of a firearm to and the possession of a firearm by any alien who is
not a lawful permanent resident of the United States. H.R. 949 is identical
to Rep. Alcee Hastings’ H.R. 844.

Mark Krikorian, executive director
Center for Immigration Studies
1522 K St. N.W., Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005-1202
(202) 466-8185 (phone); (202) 466-8076 (fax)

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 20:33:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: More on National Review cover

For those of you who may have been following this story, here’s some
additional remarks about the debate over the National Review cover on
Friday’s Today Show. These comments are gleaned from the Assn of Asian
American Studies Discussion list.

IMHO, stuff like this confirms that critical race theories are on target and
that Chinese Christians must be very careful about accepting ideologically
conservative arguments in the guise of their being “Christian.” Any
thoughts? – Tim Tseng

{1} From: Aaron Ebata

A spokesperson (John O’Sullivan) for the National Review (editor or
publisher) was on the Today show (NBC) and was quite arrogant, claiming that
the cover was not racist, that any perception of racism must be in the eyes
of a racist beholder, and refused to apologize. He angrily claimed that
statements accusing the cover of being racist were libelous, and demanded an
apology from the spokeswoman from an Asian-American group. He further
claimed that “ordinary Asian Americans” do not find the cover offensive, and
suggested that the whole controversy was a ploy fostered by Asian-American
interest groups who do not represent “ordinary Asian Americans”.

Not suprising, from a conservative mag.
Aaron Ebata
University of Illinois

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 1997 16:30:06 -0400
From: Robert Lee
To: Jiannbin Lee Shiao
Subject: Re: AAASCommunity: AAASPosts: National Review email (fwd)

We have every right to be enraged but not shocked by the racism graphically
displayed by the National Review. It was National Review editor Peter
Brimelow after all who wrote Alien Nation, a openly racist attack on Latino
and Asian immigrants. Brimelow’s attack is warmed over version of Lothrop
Stoddard’s Rising Tide of Colorpublished in 1920 at the height of xenophobia
and racism in America, and explicitly warns against multiculturalism erosion
of “white America’s sense of identity.” Alien Nation is on the reading list
of every far right racist group in the country. That NR can run such a
blatantly racist cover without comment from the mainstream is testament to
the effectiveness of the conservative rollback of “political correctness.”
What did we think this culture war has been all about anyway?

Robert G. Lee
Assistant Professor
Department of American Civilization
Box 1892
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
phone 401 863-1693 fax 401 863-1385

{3} From: Mike Lee

Too bad I missed the debate between the OCA’s E.D. Kwok
and the National Review guy. I’m glad someone went
after these people. However, from the messages here,
it sounds like the same old crap of a response by the
NR, i.e., “I am NOT racist, and how dare you think so,
etc., etc., etc.” (Hmmm, did this guy follow up his
rhetoric with the line, “I’m not a racist and I’m even
married to an Oriental”? Okay, I’m kidding, we
all know humor is needed and he’d never say anything
like that…)

In any case, here’s my 2 cents and the letter to the
editor I e-mailed to the National Review. If you can’t
get them to see your point (obvious to many), then
shame them. Think they’ll print it? (Do they
take letters to the editor from angry orientals?)

— Mike Lee
March 14, 1997

The National Review
215 Lexington Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Dear Editor,

This letter is about your magazine’s cover depicting the
President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Gore as
stereotypical “Orientals,” buck teeth and all.

If you do not know this by now, the use of stereotypical images of
Asians (not oriental) are highly offensive. An analogy to the
depiction of Asians in this manner would be if the NR showed
the Clintons as African Americans “pick’n ninnies” eating
watermelon and dancing, or as plump, barefoot, pregnant women
doing house work — all stereotypes and images from the past
which have no reality or place in the present.

As an Asian American I find your cover to be personally
offensive as well as socially retarded and plain racist.
My god, the new millennium approaches and yet your ideas of
the world are rooted in 19th century images.

I firmly believe you own myself, Asian Americans and your
readers an apology.

By propagating stereotypes you not only de-humanize Asians
and Asian Americans, but you fuel anti-Asian violence here
in the U.S.. Furthermore, by using these archaic images you
do a disservice to your readership by reinforcing stereotypes
that clearly do not serve anyone, especially as
U.S./ Pacific Rim trade relations continue to grow. The
fostering of disrespect in never in anyone’s interest whether
on a personal or international level.

If these explanation about stereotypes haven’t registered,
try this one, which perhaps your mother(s) might appreciate
if in fact they taught you any manners — regardless of politics,
your use of stereotypical imagery is plain rude, plain and


Mike Lee
San Francisco, CA

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 21 Mar 97 19:12:30 EST
From: “J.C.”
Subject: CAC List Mail: Focus on the Chinese Family

Dear Fellow CAC’ers:


An affiliate ministry of Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, CO) called:

Focus on the Chinese Family
PO Box 1476
Walnut, CA 91789-9998
(909) 612-1600

offers a newsletter in Chinese regarding family issues from a biblical
perspective. It may be helpful for Chinese-speaking parents, relatives,
international students, etc.

Please contact the above address/number for a free sample or more information.

In Christ,
J. Chang

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 21 Mar 97 19:12:33 EST
From: “J.C.”
Subject: CAC List Mail: Focus on the Chinese Family

Dear Fellow CAC’ers:


An affiliate ministry of Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, CO) called:

Focus on the Chinese Family
PO Box 1476
Walnut, CA 91789-9998
(909) 612-1600

offers a newsletter in Chinese regarding family issues from a biblical
perspective. It may be helpful for Chinese-speaking parents, relatives,
international students, etc.

Please contact the above address/number for a free sample or more information.

In Christ,
J. Chang

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 12:50:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Fwd: AAAS List

FYI, Tim Tseng







March 18, 1997

Mr. John O’Sullivan
Senior Editor
National Review
215 Lexington Ave.
NY, NY 10016

Dear Mr. O’Sullivan:

The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and the
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) demand a written apology
from you concerning the March 24, 1997 cover of your National Review
issue characterizing President & Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Gore
in a stereotypical depiction of a Buddhist monk, Chinese coolie and
Communist Red Guard. The cover harkens back to the depictions of the
Chinese in America in political cartoons and characitures of the 1800s
and the turn-of-the-century. After a hundred years, it is a sad statement
to make that some people in our society have not abandoned utilizing
the “Yellow Peril” to advance specific causes.

The Asian Pacific American community is incensed about your cover
because it epitomizes the exact issue that we have been working against –
the inability of the media to distinguish between Asians and Asian
Americans, especially in reference to the campaign fundraising controversy.
Furthermore, we are not amused by the dismissive statements you made
in the March 13, 1997 issue of the Washington Times article indicating
your view that Asians and Asian Americans are upset at being compared to
the President and the Vice President, when in fact, it is the racist
slanted eyes and buck teeth with which we take offense. There are close
to ten million Asian Pacific Americans here in the United States who have
chosen to be in the U.S. as active citizens and legal permanent residents.
Many Asian Pacific Americans have already been in the U.S. for several
generations and are as far removed from their ancestral homes as other
immigrants who entered the U.S. in the 1800s.

We are sure that the National Review would not have used other
racial or ethnic groups in a similar cover. Is the Asian Pacific American
community seen as an “acceptable” community to make fun of? Do you not
expect the Asian Pacific American community to be offended by your actions?

We would expect that a responsible news outlet would be more
attuned to and knowledgeable about the ramifications for its derogatory
actions. We do not feel that we are being over sensitive, rather, it is
your publication that needs to become more sensitive to our community.
We are not trying to impose “political correctness”, we are simply asking
for decency in your portrayal of Asians and Asian Americans.

We immediately request that the National Review:

1. Recall all March 24, 1997 issues
2. Take immediate steps to prevent the publication of
racist and derogatory stereotypes in the future.
3. Issue a public apology in the next issue for the
insensitive nature and offensive content of the
National Review cover illustration.

We look forward to your immediate response to our community
about this issue. We may be reached at 202-223-1240 or 202-296-8082 (f)
(JACL) or 202-223-5500 or 202-296-0540 (f) (OCA).

Thank you very much for your attention to our concerns.


Daphne Kwok Robert Sakaniwa
Executive Director Washington, D.C.
Organization of Chinese Representative
Americans Japanese American Citizens

Organization of Chinese Americans
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite #707
Washington, D.C. 20036

Voice Mail:(202)223-5523

World Wide Web:

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 12:50:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Fwd: Book Project Guidelines

This is for your information. Please respond to Josephine Khu or Nancy Work.
Thanks. – Tim Tseng
Forwarded message:
From: (Josephine Khu)
Date: 97-03-20 21:02:23 EST


Project Title: Yet to be chosen. We are very open to suggestions.

Editors: Josephine Khu, Nancy Work

Project Description:

A book consisting of a non-fiction collection of prose accounts by ethnic
Chinese about their experiences meeting their relatives in China and/or
their ancestral villages/hometowns in China. (Definition of China: for the
purposes of this book, includes mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, with
an emphasis on mainland China.) We are aiming for a work that will make
interesting reading for a wide, general audience.

Details about the individual accounts:

Contents: We hope to have a total of about 15-20 accounts.
These accounts need not dwell exclusively with a description of the actual
encounter/s with the relatives or with the visit to the home town–although
since that is the theme tying the various essays together, contributors
should make it the main focus of their paper.

We would like each person to include in their paper their reason/s for
going to China–whether the main aim was to see relatives, find one’s
roots, find oneself, learn Chinese, pursue career goals, etc.

In addition, we hope that contributors will say something about how their
stay in China and their meeting with their relatives had an impact on their
life and subsequent activities–even if it is only to say that there was no
impact at all.

We know that not everyone had a positive meeting with his/her relatives, so
people should feel free to write under pseudonyms and/or disguise the
identity of their relatives.

The above guidelines are suggestions only. However, while people should
feel quite free to write just about anything about their experiences in
China, contributors should not lose sight of the fact that the focus is on
the actual encounter with relatives and/or hometown in China. Otherwise,
there may not be a whole lot linking together the various accounts.

The contributors:

We are hoping to receive submissions from people representing a variety of
experiences and social and national backgrounds. In the end, however, the
main criterion for a successful submission will be the quality of the

The editors:

Josephine Khu is a Chinese-Canadian Ph.D. candidate in modern Chinese
history at Columbia University, currently working as a research associate
in the history department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The
co-editor of this book project, Nancy Work, is a Chinese-American engineer
currently living in Fuzhou, Fujian, China.

Length of account: From 8-25 single-spaced pages. (Flexible. Accounts
can be somewhat shorter than 8 pages, but should definitely not exceed 25

Language of account: Submissions may be in English, Chinese, French,
German, or Japanese. (Non-English accounts selected for inclusion in the
book will be translated into English.)

Deadline: All submissions should be in by the end of
September 1997.

Remuneration: We have yet to actively search for a publisher,
although believe that there will be no difficulty in finding one for a
project such as this. We anticipate that any revenue generated by the book
will be split evenly among all the contributors, with the editors receiving
the same amount as any other contributor.

Contact addresses:

Josephine Khu *Nancy Work
5C c/o Olivier Miens
12A Park Road Shenzhen Yifa Construction
Mid-Levels Engineering Co. Ltd.
Hong Kong Fuzhou Branch
Tel./Fax.: (852) 2517-8476 Yuanhong City, Taijiang
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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 1997 10:23:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Signs of things to come?

Hi everyone. Here is a NY Times article about a drop in minority applications
to U. Cal. and U. Texas – the two systems which have banned affirmative
action on the basis of race (though “unofficial” affirmative action policies
on the basis of family connections and wealth have yet to be banned). Could
this be a sign of things to come? Where do we Asian Americans fit into this
picture? – Tim Tseng
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 10:32:26 -0600
From: Gary Klass
Subject: A.A. news

FROM: New York Times 3/19/97

AUSTIN, Tex. After decisions to dismantle affirmative action programs at
public universities in California and Texas, applications from blacks and
Hispanic students are down significantly at both states most prestigious
universities and professional schools, leading to fears that the initiatIves
will result in a long-term decline in minority enrollment.

Following a Federal court decision in the Hopwood reverse-discrimination case
here and the California Board of Regents decision to ban affirmative action
in admissions, both states are seeing sharp declines in minority
applications, with the greatest drops in applications to medical and law
schools and flagship campuses like the one here. Students and college
officials attribute the drop to tighter admissions standards, worries on the
part of prospective students about a smaller minority presence on campus and
the elimination of racebased scholarships. Though many students say the new
policies will not affect their college choices, others say they think the
door to higher education is not as open as it once was.

My mother would not allow me to apply to U.T. because of the Hopwood
decision, said Tanya Holloway, an Austin high school senior who is black.

“She didn tthink I would get fair treatment there. Total undergraduate
applications to the campus here fell 13 percent, which officials attribute
partly to a new essay required on the application. Applications from blacks
fell 26 percent. Applications from Hispanics fell 23 percent.

The University of Texas Law School, against which Cheryl Hopwood and three
other white students filed a lawsuit claiming they were not admitted because
minorities got preferential treatment in admissions, saw applications from
blacks fall 42 percent this year.

In California, though a record number of students applied to the state
university system, minority applicants fell for the second year in a row.
Applications rose 1.6 percent over all, but applications fell 8.2 percent
from African Americans, Hispanic ones fell 3.7 percent and applications from
American Indians fell 9 percent. Minority applications to medical school
plummeted 23 percent this year.


Gary Klass
Editor, PSRT-L
Associate Professor | Associate for Instructional Technology =20
4600 Political Science | Center for the Advancement of Teaching
Illinois State University | Campus Box 6370 =20
Normal, Illinois 61790
(309) 438-7852
(fax) 438-5310

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 13:24:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Article on Immigrants and American Churches

More food for the fodder, Tim Tseng
[For CISNEWS subscribers — Mark Krikorian]

Finding Room in God’s House
Immigrants Are Filling the Pews — and Changing America’s Churches

The Washington Post, Sunday, March 16 1997

By Henry G. Brinton
“My oldest daughter was married from that church; my husband was buried from
that church.” The voice on the radio was choking up with emotion. “I put a
lot of money, a lot of hard work, a lot of time into that church, and I hate
the idea of people of that . . . ” the speaker paused ” . . . moving in like
that. And I don’t feel like it’s my home church anymore.”

In my living room, I listened with a mixture of fear and fascination to the
words being broadcast by WAMU. “That church” was Calvary Presbyterian in
Alexandria, the congregation I serve as pastor, and the speaker was a woman
who has been a member of the congregation since 1955. I had spoken with her
privately about her concerns, but it was startling to hear her anguish aired
publicly, as part of a National Public Radio feature on Calvary’s changing
racial and cultural identity.

We are a formerly all-white church that now has 125 Ghanaian immigrants in a
congregation of 350 adults, and our changing composition has altered the way
we worship. One particular African-style service had deeply offended my
parishioner’s sense of dignity. Offerings were brought forward with song and
swirling dance, accompanied by drums, synthesizer and electric guitar. “If
they want to worship that way,” I heard her say, “fine with me. But don’t
bring it into my sanctuary. They were running up and down the aisle,
hollering `I’m happy, I’m happy,’ waving a white flag. Well, as I say, if
they want to do that, that’s their business. But why do I have to sit and
listen to it?”

Across America, immigrants are coming to church, just as they always have.
But where previous waves of immigrants were largely European, these new
arrivals are coming from non-Western countries with cultures and skin colors
more discomforting to white Americans than that of Europeans. The
missionaries our churches sent to Africa, Asia and Latin America were
successful beyond their wildest dreams: Those who heard their preaching are
now coming to the United States and starting or joining churches here. These
newcomers are often more openly passionate about the faith than are
native-born Americans, and they shake up established churches by introducing
new worship styles and beliefs.

While some church members love these changes — one of our elders said at
the African-style service that he had “never felt the presence of the Spirit
so strongly” — others feel a profound sense of loss. My parishioner on the
radio was clearly experiencing loss of comfort, tradition and control in a
church in which she had long worshiped. We pastors are challenged to provide
quality pastoral care to these members threatened by change, even as we help
our congregations incorporate the immigrants who increasingly will fill our

Economic and political chaos in Africa has led to an increase in emigration,
a trend that will surely continue. In Alexandria, three Ghanaian groups are
worshiping within a two-mile radius: one Pentecostal, one Seventh-day
Adventist, one Presbyterian. These immigrants bring with them true
evangelistic zeal, sparked by the phenomenal growth of the church in Africa.
That continent’s Christian population rose from 8.5 million in 1900 to 285.7
million in 1993, according to David Barrett, a statistician specializing in
churches. He estimates that the number of African Christians will reach
760.1 million by 2025.

In the next generation, we may see a flow of missionaries not to Africa, but
out of Africa. Stephen Nkansah, an evangelist trained in Ghana who joined
Calvary in 1993, has led the Ghanaian Presbyterian Fellowship, which is
responsible for most of our congregation’s African growth. In the American
Catholic Church, fewer and fewer men are answering the call to the
priesthood, but in Africa the number of seminarians has almost quadrupled
over the past 25 years.

Our country continues to hold a strong attraction for Latin Americans as
well. There are now 26 million Hispanics in the United States, many of whom
are Catholic. David Early, a spokesman for the United States Catholic
Conference, predicts that “by 2010, the majority of Catholics in the United
States will be of Hispanic descent.” Many parishes now have Spanish-speaking
priests to meet this demand, and Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles
requires all new priests in his archdiocese to speak Spanish. The St.
Anthony of Padua parish in Northern Virginia currently offers six masses:
three in English, three in Spanish. Mariachi bands contribute to the liturgy
in many congregations.

Christians are also pouring in from Asia. After Latinos, Filipinos are the
largest immigrant group in the American Catholic Church. Korean churches are
popping up all over, often sharing space with American congregations but
maintaining a separate identity (witness the number of Korean signs in front
of Protestant churches in the Washington area). Christianity in Korea is a
real Presbyterian success story: American missionaries took the gospel to
the country in the 1800s, and there are now between 6 million and 8 million
Presbyterians in Korea — twice the number in America.

When immigrant Christians reach the United States, they either form a new
congregation or join an established church; the former is the Protestant
norm, the latter more common among Catholics. There are an estimated 7,000
Latino congregations in the United States, and as many as 3,000 Korean
immigrant churches. This number could easily soar into the tens of
thousands, however, since these churches are often informally organized and
hard to count. Calvary has a small, Spanish-speaking Pentecostal church
meeting in its basement; I doubt it appears on any “official” list of

The desire to worship in their own language is what first motivates
newcomers to form separate congregations. A second motivation is cultural
transmission: Making a church is a way of creating a community within which
children can be brought up in the traditions their parents want to pass on.
Of course, when these traditions run counter to American sensibilities,
conflict can arise. Several years ago, Calvary rejected a request to share
our space with a Korean Presbyterian congregation, in large part because the
Koreans refused to ordain women as elders.

Concerns arise on the immigrant side as well. For example, the theologies of
American Protestant Christianity often seem excessively modernized to these
foreigners. African Christians are puzzled by discussions of issues such as
the ordination of gays and lesbians. They were raised to think of
homosexuality as an abomination, and they wonder why the American church
would even consider being open to such a sexual orientation.

There are other differences as well. As immigrants arrive in large numbers,
they are “creating a younger, more colored and more conservative Protestant
Christianity,” according to Stephen Warner, a professor of sociology at the
University of Illinois at Chicago who has studied immigrant churches. Their
conservatism is theological, not political; they do not necessarily agree
with American conservatives on social policy. Warner observes that Catholic
parishes are “becoming more Hispanicized — more devotional. The statues
that were removed from churches after Vatican II are returning.”

Sadly, immigrants sometimes form separate churches because many established
churches will not accept them. Nkansah tells the story of a cab driver
friend who took a fare to Potomac, in Montgomery County, and then decided to
attend a service at a Baptist church in that area. He walked in — and the
congregation phoned the police, describing him as a trespasser. He said,
“No, I am a Baptist, from Ghana.” They insisted he was trespassing.
Cameroonian Sam Takunchung recalls that the First Christian Church of
Lubbock, Tex., refused to serve him communion, even though the pastor had
just intoned the words, “This is Jesus Christ’s table, people shall come
from everywhere to it.”

More subtle forms of rejection occur when an American church misunderstands
— with all good intentions — what immigrants want. “I know and love
Africans,” says the Rev. Thomas Rook, former missionary in Cameroon and
associate pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, but “to know
Africans is to know people with problems — money problems, family issues,
passport and visa concerns.” In his eyes, Africans are defined by what they
need. Yet some Africans leave churches like Fourth Presbyterian because they
are not given sufficient opportunity to serve — they want to give as well
as receive. James Acquaah left Fourth Presbyterian to become part of
Ebenezer, a new church for Africans, because he thought he could better help
an immigrant church. “If you are in a church, and you don’t have much to
do,” he reflects, “eventually you get bored. But here I am very much

What hope is there for the successful incorporation of immigrants into
American churches? At Calvary, our Ghanaian Presbyterian Fellowship has
brought newcomers into full active membership in the church, but we still
meet resistance whenever an African-style offering is proposed. We have had
better results inviting Ghanaian pastors to assist me with communion,
recruiting Africans to teach church school and serve as elders, and
occasionally using conga drums to call the congregation to worship. On
Easter, our Sanctuary Choir will be joined by the Ghanaian Singing Band,
Nkansah will help me to lead worship, and the service will be followed by an
international potluck dinner. Perhaps the way to racial and cultural harmony
is through the stomach.

The challenge for integrated churches is to create rituals and symbols that
incorporate both the native and the immigrant experience, and to help
immigrants move into positions where they have the power to make decisions.
The Catholic church has been a leader in doing this. Years ago, parishes
were established along ethnic lines, and worshipers would attend either a
German church, an Italian church or an Irish church. Today, bishops are
working to bring newcomers into established parishes, and pastors are
putting immigrants on parish councils so that their churches will be forced
to deal with ethnic differences and, with any luck, be enriched by them. “We
of European descent can learn from immigrants’ beliefs and practices,” says
Early, of the U.S. Catholic Conference, “and how they see faith and life as
a whole. Their faith colors their entire existence.” The newcomers deliver a
challenge to Americans who see religious devotion as a Sunday-morning-only
phenomenon, or as a limited commitment. The Hispanics who meet in Calvary’s
basement would worship seven nights a week if we let them.

As difficult as it is to incorporate immigrants gracefully into established
churches, doing so holds the greatest promise for vital Christianity in the
21st century. Predominantly white mainline churches are declining in
membership, but growth will come if they open their doors to the Africans,
Latinos and Asians moving into their neighborhoods. But churches must be
open to change — and to a more spirited style of worship — if they want to
keep these newcomers. And the united congregations of every denomination
will stand the best chance of holding onto the second generation of
immigrants, a group that sees itself not as Ghanaian or Salvadoran or
Korean, but as American.

At Calvary, and at other churches incorporating immigrants, we are working
toward the day when our Christian identity will tie us together in one
international, multicultural community. Until that time, as we face
conflicts and misunderstandings together, we should try to remember that the
American church belongs not to Americans, but to God.

Henry Brinton is pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Va.

Mark Krikorian, executive director
Center for Immigration Studies
1522 K St. N.W., Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005-1202
(202) 466-8185 (phone); (202) 466-8076 (fax)

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 02:49:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Fwd: AAAS List

FYI, Tim

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 12:57:57 -0500
From: Xiaoling Hong
Subject: Symposium on Asian American Experience

Symposium on Asian American Experience:
The Impact of Post-1965 Immigration on Asian American Studies
(Dated Material for Immediate Release)

You are invited to participate in a symposium on the Asian American
experience sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Committee of Harvard University
on April 5, 1997. The purpose of the symposium is to examine the impact of
the post-1965 immigration on Asian American studies. The arrival of the
new immigrants since the 1960s has dramatically transformed the make-up and
dynamics of the Asian American communities. The effect is two-fold. While
the Asian American population increased from one million in 1965 to over
nine million in 1995, the number of the native-born has dropped to 34%.
This massive demographic change has made a significant impact on the Asian
American experience and presented challenges to Asian American studies as
an emerging academic discipline. Questions to be considered at the
symposium will include:

1. What is the impact of “new immigration” on various fields of Asian
American studies such as history, literature, politics, etc.? In what ways
has the arrival of the new immigrants changed and transformed Asian
American studies and helped it develop as an academic discipline?

2. What is the impact of “new immigration” on the Asian American movement?
Most of the new immigrants came from socio-economic backgrounds different
from that of the “old,” and their arrival has increased the diversity of
the Asian American experience. However, have the more diversified
political, ideological and socio-economic backgrounds of the new immigrants
also caused problems for the unity of the Asian American movement?

3. What is the impact of the emergence of the trans-Pacific business
network and the growing influence of Asian-language media on the Asian
American communities? In what ways do the trend of globalization and the
rise of industrialized Asia expand research and teaching fields of Asian
American studies7?

4. What model of ethnic studies programs should Asian American studies
adopt? Most recent immigrants tend to view themselves as “Asians” rather
than “Americans” and have maintained strong relations with their Asian
homelands. How can Asian American studies adapt to such immigrant-centered
communities and learn from other ethnic studies programs to strengthen the

Co-chaired by Leo Ou-fan Lee, Professor of Chinese Literature and Chair of
the Ethnic Studies Committee, and Xiao-huang Yin, John D. Sawyer Fellow of
Longfellow Institute and Visiting Associate Professor of History at
Harvard, the symposium will be held in the auditorium at 2 Divinity Avenue
(Harvard-Yenching Library) and is open to the public. There are no
pre-registration requirements, but there will be $5 registration fees on
site to cover refreshments and printed materials. Below is the symposium
schedule. (Contact:

April 5, 1997 (Saturday)


Panel: “Asian American Experience in the 1990s”

Moderator: Xiao-huang Yin, Occidental College and Harvard Univ.

Panelist: Michael Woo, Former Los Angeles City Councilman and Director of
West Coast Office of National Service: “Immigration and Asian American
Participation in Politics”

Panelist: Wellington K.K. Chan, Professor of Chinese History, Occidental
“The Trans-Pacific Business Network and Asian American Communities”

Panelist: Haiming Liu, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, California
Polytechnic University: “The Post-1965 Immigration and New Asian American


Panel: “Asian American Studies in the 1990s”

Moderator: Leo Ou-fan Lee, Harvard University

Panelist: Amy Ling, Professor/Director, Asian American Studies Program,
Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison: “The Impact of New Immigration on Asian
American Studies”

Panelist: Eui-young Yu, Professor/Director, Korean & Korean-American
Studies Institute, California State Univ., Los Angeles: “Korean Immigrants
and Asian American Studies”

Panelist: TBA


Closing Address: “Challenges to Asian American Studies as a Discipline”

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 02:49:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Fwd: AAAS List 2

I thought this might be of interest – can anyone verify this story? – Tim

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 13:06:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Victor W. Hwang

To all politically-conscious Asian-Americans:

The cover of the National Review magazine this week has a cover depicting
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in grostesque buckteeth and stereotypical
garb and Al Gore in an apparent monk’s outfit. It is a disgusting insult
to all Asian-Americans. See it for yourself.

Flood the National Review office with calls.
New York HQ: (212) 679-7330
DC office: (202) 543-9226

Flood the National Review office with letters.
215 Lexington Avenue, 4th Floor
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Spread the word. We need fact action — now. A phone call takes 30
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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 19 Mar 97 00:46:13 EST
From: “J.C.”
Subject: CAC List Mail: Message from Internet

To All Concerned Believers:

Subject: House Votes March 20, 1997 on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 929)

It is very important that the House of Representatives obtains a 2/3 majority in the event
that the President decides to veto the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act again.

Last year, most legislators made the decision to allow the procedure based on the fact that
only a few women would actually have a partial-birth abortion. However, at the end of
February, Ron Fitzsimmons (Executive Director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers)
admitted that he lied about the number of PBAs that are done each year. He now says that
PBAs are very common.

Please contact your representative and ask him/her to vote YES on the Partial Birth
Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 929) with no amendments.

Please e-mail your legislator or call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-800-962-3524.

J. Chang

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