Posts in May 1997

To: Multiple recipients of list cac
From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Fri, 2 May 1997 12:00:50 -0500
Subject: CAC List Mail: Samuel Ling

Dr. Samuel Ling, a prolific participant in our CAC forum, has a new email

and also a web site at:


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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 17:06:01 -0500
From: Gregory Jao
Subject: CAC List Mail: Pro-Life Voting


A friend of mine alerted me to a website which is taking an informal poll
regarding the pro-life/pro-choice attitudes of the U.S. Evidently the
owners of the site forward the results to President Clinton and
Congressional leaders once a month. I don’t know how much credibility the
poll has (I would think little), but the site exists. It might be good to
encourage our constituencies to vote. Evidently, pro-choice voting has been
higher, although the current month shows a lot of pro-life votes.

The address:


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To: Multiple recipients of list CAC
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 10:00:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Chinese American integration

Good afternoon,
I am a french student, and I wondered if you could help me. I am looking for
any documents concerning Chinese American integration nowadays.(concerning
employment, education, culture). I would be very thankful if you could help
Hoping to hear from you soon,
yours sincerely.
Thi is the address where you can contact me:

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 10:04:57 -0500
Subject: CAC List Mail: about CAC

[This is a monthly posting; * marks What’s New; we just went over 200

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about CAC (8 May 97)

Q: What is this CAC mailing list?
A: The CAC Forum is an informal “mailing list” online discussion for Chinese
American Christians, where we discuss many issues related to (but not limited
to) Chinese American Christians, including campus ministry and ethnic church
issues, as well as some political issues concerning Asian Americans. As an
informal forum, you may also share ministry opportunities and prayer requests

*Q: How many subscribers are there on CAC?
A: Currently we have more than 200 ministry leaders and laypersons. Please
forward this message to others who may be interested in the CAC forum.

Q: How do you post a message to the CAC forum?
A: Send an email message to “” [without quotes], and a copy of
your message will be sent to all CAC subscribers.

Q: How do you unsubscribe (stop receiving CAC messages)?
A: Send an email message to “” and on the first line of the
message body, write “unsubscribe cac” [without quotes].

Q: How do you subscribe to CAC (start receiving CAC messages)?
A: Send an email message to “” and on the first line of the
message body, write “subscribe cac your_name” [without quotes]. Put your first
and last name in the place of your_name. You’ll receive a confirmation/
welcome message to say you’re a new subscriber.

Q: Is there an archive of old CAC messages?
A: There is an archive of selected CAC messages and posted articles at the CAC
web page or

Q: I’m only interested in some of the topics. What can I do?
A: As the list has grown, almost tripled in size within the past year, there
has been an increasing diversity of discussions and interests. If you would
like a more focused discussion group / mailing list, please write to DJ Chuang
and I can start a new one.

Q: What does CAC stand for?
A: CAC is Chinese American Christians. Although the scope of discussions
often discuss Asian American issues and sometimes generic topics, the name
stuck because of its origins.

Q: How does a “mailing list” work?
A: CAC is run by an automated computer program, called a “listserver”, which
send copies of email messages to all CAC subscribers.

Q: Why was CAC started and automated?
A: The list was started in 1995 by Drs. Timothy Tseng and Sze-Kar Wan. CAC
used to be a manually propagated carbon copy email, but was automated in
summer of 1996. We hope to bring Chinese American Christians together using
the latest technology so that we can share our ideas and resources on
furthering the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in North America and around
the world. We hope that this CAC forum will serve as a “think tank” and/or a
networking vehicle for all of us.

Q: Is there a moderator for CAC?
A: DJ Chuang is the list manager.


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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: 08 May 97 18:29:06 EDT
From: “J.C.”
Subject: CAC List Mail: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act Vote Expected in the Senate Soon!

Dear Concerned Believers:

FYI…for prayer & action.

In Him,
J. Chang


The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is expected to come to a vote during
the week of May 12, 1997 in the Senate. Since the House of
Representatives already passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (H.R.
1122) on March 20, 1997 by a vote of 295-136, we need the Senate to also
maintain a two-thirds majority in the event that President Clinton tries
to veto this bill as he did last year’s version.

Your help is needed. Contact your senators with an urgent message:
Preserve the life of those who have no voice! Vote YES on the
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act!

Partial-birth abortion takes the nearly full-term baby to the brink of
birth, pulling it two-thirds of the way through the birth canal only to
kill it.

Please use CWA’s Citizen Action Program to contact your senator by
e-mail, phone, or fax with your urgent message to preserve the lives of
those who can not speak for themselves. ( Encourage
your senators to vote YES on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and NO
on any other alternative legislation.

If you do not have internet access you can call the Capitol switchboard
number (202) 224-3121, 1-800-962-3524 or 1-800-972-3524 to find out how
to reach your senators to make a difference in this important upcoming
vote. Act now!

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 09:06:47 -0500
From: Fenggang Yang
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: about CAC

Dear DJ,

Please update my biographic information:

Mr. Fenggang Yang, Ph.D. in sociology.
I have done sociological studies of Chinese churches in the United
States. My dissertation (1996) is entitled “Religious Conversion and
Identity Construction: A Study of a Chinese Church in the United
States.” It is an ethnographic study of the three primary identities
that a Chinese Christian in the United States must face — “Christian”,
“American”, and “Chinese”, and the complex relationships of these three
identities. I have written papers on the historical changes and
general characteristics of Chinese churches in the United States, on
the internal diversity and unity of a Chinese church in the United
States, etc.
Currently I am a postdoc researcher working on a project called
“Religion, Ethnicity, and New Immigrants Research” (RENIR). I am doing
ethnographic studies of a Chinese Buddhist temple and a Chinese
Protestant church in Houston.
Fenggang Yang, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology 713-743-3958 (phone)
University of Houston 713-743-3943 (FAX)
Houston, TX 77204

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 19:55:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: James Washington obituary

Dear friends:

It is with saddness that I announce the death of my dissertation advisor, Dr.
James M. Washington on May 3, 1997. Dr. Washington was the most significant
person in helping me to find my calling. The funeral was held this past
Friday. All of Riverside Church was filled to capacity as we said our
farewells to a great Christian – until we meet again. The following is his
obituary. Please pray for his family, loved ones, and his students.

Tim Tseng

James Melvin Washington (24 April 1948- 3 May 1997)

James Melvin Washington was born April 24, 1948, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
While he was many things to many people, he was above all else, a Christian.
After confessing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour at an early age, James
was called to the ministry at age fifteen. He was ordained by his home
church, the Mount Olive Baptist Church, on April 23, 1967. During the same
year he was called to the pastorate of the Riverview Missionary Baptist
Church at the age of nineteen. He pastored that church for three years.

Having been blessed to be born in a loving and nurturing family, James sought
early to become a family man. In December, 1970, he and Patricia Anne
Alexander pledged their undying love and devotion to one another as they were
wed in holy matrimony. This blessed union would later be competed by the
birth of one beautiful daughter, Ayanna Nicole. His family foundation
secure, James now devoted his energies to his ministry of scholarship.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Religious Studies from the
University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1970 and then studied at Harvard
Divinity School, where he earned a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.).
He earned two degrees in Church History from Yale University: the Master of
Philosophy (M.Phil.) in 1975 and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 1979.

His teaching ministry began as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard in 1971-72 and
was followed by assignments as Visiting Instructor at University of Tennessee
(Religious Studies, 1974) and Acting Instructor at Yale Divinity School
(American Church History, 1974-76). His relationship with Union Theological
Seminary began in 1975 when he joined the faculty as a visiting instructor in
Afro-American Church History and, subsequently, Assistant Professor of Church
History (1977-83). Dr. Washington held the rank of Associate Professor from
1983 to 1986 and full Professor from 1986 to 1997.

Dr. Washington was a visiting Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary,
Haverford College, Oberlin College, Columbia University and Princeton
University. His ministry of scholarship included New York Theological
Seminary in New York City, where he served as a Trustee. At the time of his
passing he was adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia University and
Professor of Modern and American Church History at Union Theological Seminary
in New York City.

Professor Washington’s scholarship included many books and articles. He was
the author of _Frustrated Fellowship: The Black Baptist Quest for Social
Power_ (Mercer University Press, 1986); _A Testament of Hope: The Essential
Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr._ (Harper and Row, 1986), for which he won
the Christopher Award; _I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed
the World_ (Harper and Row, 1992); _Conversations with God: Two Centuries of
Prayers by African Americans_ (HarperCollins, 1994), for which he received
two awards: the Wilbur Award from the National Religious Public Relations
Council and the Honor Award from the African-American Caucus of the American
Library Association. Among his most highly acclaimed articles is “The Crisis
in the Sanctity of Conscience in American Jurisprudence” _DePaul Law Review_,

His work had three major foci: the emergence and development of
African-American spirituality, the Christian response to the joys and
absurdities of human existence, and the modes of human accommodation and
resistance to oppressive social structures. Professor Washington was the
fulfillment of the prophecy illuminated by his advisor, noted Church
Historian Sydney Ahlstrom, that American Church History would be rewritten
through the paradigm of a creative, in-depth, historical investigation of the
African-American religious experience.

Dr. Washington held editorial and advisory positions, received awards, and
was a member of professional societies too numerous to mention. His
thirty-nine years of preaching, pastoral, and scholarly ministry took him
from New York to Los Angeles, and from Canada to Africa. He was especially
pleased, however, with his involvement in two particular projects: First, his
work as the founder and director of the Robert Theodore Handy Research Center
for the Study of American Church History at Union Theological Seminary;
second, he work as President of the Religious Corporation and Chairperson of
the Church Council of The Riverside Church in New York City, where the
Reverend James A. Forbes, Jr., serves as Senior Minister.

Dr. Washington held dual membership at The Riverside Church and the Concord
Baptist Church of Christ. He served, additionally, as the Concord
congregation’s historian. He was a favored revivalist for many congregations
and denominational gatherings, a consultant for many church agencies, and a
personal pastor of pastors. He was a giant of a man. His intellect could
search out the depths and soar to the heights. His wit could comfort the
heart and refresh the weary soul. His soul could face the terrible and
tragic and yet not forget to appropriate and appreciate beauty. His love
pushed us away from the worst parts of ourselves while pulling us towards
God. His spirit was a prism for the Presence of God. He drew one’s
attention to the light while removing himself. He allowed us to glimpse the
Author of Light and be enlightened ourselves.

He is survived by his wife Patricia and daughter Ayanna; his mother, Annie B.
Washington; two sisters, Helen Brown and Louise Hill; four brothers, Howard
Moore, Willie Moore, Charles Washington and Larry Christian; three brothers
in spirit, Nathaniel Everett DeVeaux, James A. Forbes, Jr., and Cornel West;
two sisters in spirit, Irene Jackson-Brown and Genna Rae McNeil; scores of
cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of devoted friends and students.
James Melvin Washington was preceded in death by his father, James William
Washington, and his brother, Roy Allen Washington.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 23:50:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Immigration News

FYI: Tim Tseng

[For CISNEWS subscribers: A development in the California legislature,
followed by a list of new bills in the U.S. Congress. — Mark Krikorian]

Assembly stalls immigrant aid bill

SACRAMENTO, May 15 (UPI) _ A $20 million proposal to help thousands of
California legal immigrants to become citizens and retain welfare benefits
has failed to win passage in the state Assembly.

The bill by Assemblyman Wally Knox, D-Los Angeles, fell four votes short of
the two-thirds majority needed to advance to the Senate.

Knox promised to return next week with a stripped down bill that requires
only a simple majority vote so the issue can stay alive.

He offered the measure in response to planned cuts in the federal aid
program for the blind, elderly and disabled on Oct. 1.

Supporters of the bill say citizenship funds expired April 30, and the state
needs to replace about $20 million so legal immigrants can keep their
eligibility alive by becoming citizens.

But Assemblyman Curt Pringle, R-Garden Grove, objected that today’s proposal
was too broadly drawn. He said it would help as many as 210,000 legal
immigrants despite federal plans to reclassify all but about 50,000 of them
so they can keep getting aid.


Public Assistance:

S. 615 — Sen. John Chafee (R-RI) on April 17 introduced the Fairness for
Legal Immigrants Act of 1997, which would restore eligibility for food
stamps and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to refugees and to all
immigrants residing legally in the United States and receiving food stamps
or SSI as of the date of enactment of last year’s welfare law.

S. 640 — Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) on April 23 introduced a bill to
extend until February 22, 1998 the August 22, 1997 food stamps and SSI
cutoff date for most legal immigrants.

H.R. 1360 — Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) on April 17 introduced a bill
to allow legal permanent residents who meet the requirements for
naturalization but, because of a physical or developmental disability or
mental impairment which arose after admission to the United States, are
unable to take the naturalization oath to maintain their eligibility for
food stamps and SSI.

H.R. 1416 — Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) on April 23 introduced a bill to
allow legal permanent residents to maintain their eligibility for welfare if
they have met the residency requirement for naturalization and have an
application for naturalization which is pending or has been approved.

H.R. 1418 — Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on April 23 introduced a bill identical
to S. 640 described above.

H.R. 1445 — Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on April 24 introduced the Fairness for
Legal Immigrants Act of 1997, which is identical to S. 615 described above.

H.R. 1468 — Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) on April 29 introduced a bill to
restore SSI and/or Medicaid eligibility for certain groups of legal
permanent residents.


H.R. 1384 — Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) on April 17 introduced a bill to
require the Attorney General to establish a toll-free telephone number to
allow U.S. citizens and legal residents and Canadian citizens and legal
residents entering the United States by boat for recreational purposes to
register for admission by telephone after their arrival, rather than
applying for admission at a U.S. port of entry or being inspected by an
immigration officer.

H.R. 1428 — Rep. Stephen Horn (R-CA) on April 24 introduced the Voter
Eligibility Verification Act requiring the Attorney General and the Social
Security Commissioner to establish a voter eligibility confirmation system.

H.R. 1493 — Rep. Elton Gallegly on April 30 introduced a bill to require
the Attorney General to establish a program in at least 100 city and county
jails to identify criminal and illegal aliens prior to their arraignment and
report to the court the INS’s intentions regarding the removal from the
United States of such aliens.

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, 18 May 1997 22:45:04 PST
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: James Washington obituary

I agree with you, Mooch. G

On Mon, 19 May 1997 11:37:41 +0800 (EAT) mooch
>Hello all,
>While I never met James Washington personally, I was really moved by
>I read in _Conversations with God_; I recommend it.
>Never having met Washington, I think I missed out on a great human
>and brother in Christ.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 11:37:41 +0800 (EAT)
From: mooch
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: James Washington obituary

Hello all,
While I never met James Washington personally, I was really moved by what
I read in _Conversations with God_; I recommend it.
Never having met Washington, I think I missed out on a great human being
and brother in Christ.

Muchun (Mooch) Yin |E-mail:
Box 373, Tunghai University |Homepage:
Taichung, Taiwan |

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 23:51:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Attack on Asian Americans at Denny’s

Not that Denny’s needs anymore bad publicity, but consider this story. – Tim

Unofficial reports and student outcry of this incident have been
circulating around the Asian American internet communities for a few weeks
now. This is the first statement by an “official” group.

tha j’ster

Jiannbin “J” Lee Shiao
Dept. of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Home Page:

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Date: 16 May 1997 20:09:35 GMT


May 14, 1997

CONTACT: Elizabeth R. OuYang Staff Attorney
Tel. (212) 966-5932


The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is
representing a Filipino American male student, a Chinese American
female, a Japanese American female, 3 international Japanese
students, and a Caucasian male regarding an incident that
occurred at Denny’s restaurant on Erie Boulevard, Syracuse, New
York on April 11, 1997.

Six Asian/American students and their white companion were
attacked in the parking lot of Denny’s restaurant after being
denied service. Inside the restaurant, the students waited
several minutes without being attended to. Finally, they placed
their names on the waiting list themselves. Some of them observed
groups of white males who arrived afterwards being seated
immediately. The students also observed tables which they could
have been seated at, but were not. After the students complained
about the unfair treatment, they were told to leave and were
escorted out the door by two of Denny’s hired security guards.

Outside, one of the security guards began to push one of the
students. Suddenly, a large group of white males exited Denny’s
and attacked one of the male international students. As the
others in the Asian American party attempted to come to his aid,
they were also attacked. Two of the Asian Americans were beaten
unconscious. Despite repeated pleas by several bystanders urging
the security guards to intervene, the security guards stood and
watched. Finally two African American bystanders intervened
causing the beating to end. The security guards are deputy
sheriffs with the Onondaga Sheriff’s Department.

“The students were denied the right to the full and equal
enjoyment of Denny’s services, including the protection of
Denny’s hired security guards,” stated Elizabeth R. OuYang, staff
attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

“I couldn’t eat where I wanted to. I was beaten by whoever
wanted to beat me. I am not welcomed here,” stated Yuya
Hasegawa, the international Japanese student who was attacked

“I was never made to feel so helpless and so different in my
entire life,” stated Derrick Lizardo, a Filipino American student
who was attacked and beaten unconscious when he tried to come to
Yuya’s aid.

“I came to the realization that the people who I grew up
believing would be there to help us were turning their backs on
us…” stated Yoshika Kusada, a Japanese American female in
reference to the security guards. Yoshika intervened and was
knocked unconscious. “. . .then to be thrown down by a man and
kicked like some dog in the head; I’ve never felt so scared and

“I now question my own identify as a white male who became a
victim of racial violence,” stated Sean Dugan, the white male
companion who attempted to come to Yuya’s aid. “The fear that ran
through my body as so many fists pounded hatred into me is
indescribable. It angers me that anyone should be forced to face
such pain and fear.”

AALDEF accompanied the students to the District Attorney’s office
to make a complaint against the individuals who attacked them in
Denny’s parking lot.

Interested persons should contact the District Attorney’s office
urging that they arrest all the individuals who attacked members
of the Asian American party and prosecute them to the fullest
extent under the law.

William J. Fitzpatrick, District Attorney
421 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor
Syracuse, New York 13202
Telephone: (315) 435-2470

The allegations against Denny’s Restaurant are currently being
investigated by an independent civil rights monitor selected by
the Department of Justice. Interested persons should write or
contact the individuals below to request a thorough and
expeditious investigation into this matter.

Janet Reno
U.S. Attorney General
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

cc: Isabelle Katz Pinzler
Acting Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Telephone: (202) 514-6715

Sharon Leibeck Hartman
Office of the Civil Rights Monitor
P.O. Box 36806
Los Angeles, California 90036-0806
Telephone: (213) 965-5610

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 10:39:18 PST
Subject: CAC List Mail: FYI

CAC, the ff. is an article about the G7 summit from the Denver Post
(5/18/97) which includes discussion of (inter-related) Asian and African



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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 22:37:23 -0500
From: Sze-kar Wan
Subject: CAC List Mail: Xty & China Lecture at Andover Newton


Andover Newton Theological School, in collaboration with Ricci Institute
of Univ. of San Francisco and the Chinese Christian Scholars Study
Group, will sponsor a free public lecture on “Christianity and the
Modernization of China.”


Dr. Milton Wai-yiu Wan (Ontario Theol Sem): “China and the Modernization
of China”

Dr. Josephy Wong, OSB, Cam. (New Camaldoli Hermitage): “Taoist
Metaphysical Vision and the Christian Concept of God”

Prof. Charles West (Princeton Theol Sem): Response


7-9 pm, Friday, 30 May 1997, Stoddard Hall, Andover Newton Theological
School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

Reception to follow in the Faculty Lounge.

For more information, please contact: Sze-kar Wan ( or
617-964-1100 x229)

Please feel free to forward this message.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 01:08:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: James Washington obituary


J.W. certainly was both a great person and one of the finest Christians I’ve
ever known. I will miss him deeply. And I second the recommendation to buy
and read _Conversations with God_ as well as his edited collection of Martin
Luther King, Jr.’s speeches, interviews, and writings. To this date, I
contend that no theological education is complete without engaging MLK and
the African-American Christian tradition.


In a message dated 5/18/97 9:19:00 PM, (mooch) wrote:


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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 12:16:44 -0400
From: Maggie Shen
Subject: CAC List Mail: FWD: Urgent prayer request for missionary

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please pray for David Allen, a missionary in Thailand, who is very ill now.
See details below.


>Subject: FWD: Urgent prayer request
>Date: 20 May 97 11:28:42 -0700
>I am sorry if you got multiple copy of this.
> – edward –
>Hi bs & ss in Christ,
>Please pray for a Thailand missionary(David Allen) who is currently very
>ill from unknown
>Please email to your Christian groups to form a global chain of prayer
>for this missionary.
>Thanks for your attention.
>Below David explains the seriousness of his condition.
>In Christ,
> ———-
>From: Pak Fuk Yip 825348 []
>Sent: Monday, May 19, 1997 9:08 PM
>To: Stephen Ng/mail+schedule
>Dear Stephen,
>Please pray urgently for David Allen, a missionary in Thailand.
>P.F. Yip (from Australia)
>RE: Urgent prayer need for missionary in Thailand
>>Please pray for David Allen, a young missionary on the Chiang Mai,
>>Thailand, mission team. He is critically ill with an unknown parasite
>>and apparently will die within two months unless there is an
>>intervention by the Lord.
>>Please help create a global blanket of prayer for David, Michelle, and
>>their four-month old daughter, Brianna. We are encouraging everyone we
>>know to lift up David and his family before the Lord of lords.
>>You may know that his parents, the Sid Allens, were missionaries to
>>Korea. His younger brother, Steve, is a missionary in Bangkok. This is
>>a fine family of God’s servants and they need your prayers.
>>Please forward this message to those you think will join us in this
>>global chain of prayer. We are including a message from Robert Reagan,
>>one of David and Michelle’s teammates. He, in turn, will include a word
>>from David. Bob and Gina Waldron
>>From: Robert Reagan < (by way of
>>david peyton <)
>>Subject: Urgent Prayer for David Allen
>>Our mission team here in Chiang Mai, Thailand is hurting for one
>of our
>>teammates, David Allen (now in Ft. Worth). David’s
>condition is getting
>>worse and moving toward the critical stage. The doctors
>still do not know
>>the identity of the parasite inside of David. He has already
>lost 30 lbs.
>>We need all the prayers possible to go up to the Good Lord
>on David’s
>>behalf. Below David explains the seriousness of his
>condition. – Robert
>>From: David Allen
>>My condition is quite serious now. The body is beginning to
>break down
>>because I have no more fat or nutrient reserves. My diet
>consists mostly
>>of vege broth, gatorade, and saltine crackers. I tried
>homemade bread a
>>few weeks ago, and ended up in the emergency room. I am in
>constant pain
>>and have to take pain killers regularly. The severe diarrhea
>>has continued
>>for 7 weeks and I have been in the emergency room five
>times. In the last
>>three days there have been sharp pains in both of my
>kidneys, so they are
>>now running test to see if my kidneys are infected. So far,
>>doctors have not been able to diagnose the parasites. One
>lab in Dallas
>>thought they had a positive diagnosis (a rare parasite
>>cryptosporidium), but the Public Health Center of Disease
>Control in
>>Houston said it was an incorrect diagnosis. They have found
>two foreign
>>agents, but no one has ever seen them before or can identify
>them. One is
>>a parasite, and the other looks more like an ameba. One of
>the effects of
>>the parasites is to prevent my GI track from absorbing
>>The CDC in Atlanta is 3-6 months behind, so they cannot help
>in time. My
>>doctors are trying everyone else. They are in contact with
>one of the top
>>infectious disease doctors in Thailand, and several of the
>experts here
>>in the States. I believe that the pictures of the parasites
>are to be
>>passed around until someone can identify them.
>>I am not doing well. I feel like I am in a very dark valley
>right now. I
>>have been praying for so long for help with no response,
>that I have
>>become discouraged in prayer. This is a first for me in my
>>Michelle and my parents are being a tremendous support for
>me, but they
>>are having a hard time seeing me suffer so much.
>>My prayers now are very elemental: “Father, save me!” But
>the pain
>>continues each day, and I continue to lose weight. Please
>pray not only
>>for my body, but for my spirit. I have not known fear like
>this before.
>>I don’t want to be fearful, and I don’t need to be fearful
>because I am
>>confident in my salvation. I think my fear is related more
>to the thought
>>of not being with my wife and new baby. This was the
>happiest time in my
>>life before I became sick.
>>David & Michelle:
> ——— End forwarded message ———-
// o o \\
*************** V ********************************************

…Whatever you do…do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Col 3:17

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 13:57:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: FYI: Budget Proposal Threatens Aid for Immigrants Welfare

FYI, Tim Tseng
Budget Proposal Threatens Aid for Immigrants Welfare: Officials seek to
remedy apparent oversight that would suspend payments to 300,000 elderly
recipients nationwide until they are requalified.

Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 22, 1997

WASHINGTON — Federal benefit checks for about 300,000 of the nation’s
elderly legal immigrants could be cut off for at least six months because of
an apparent oversight in the pending budget agreement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.) warned Wednesday.

The agreement, reached in negotiations between White House officials and
congressional leaders over the past several weeks, was supposed to restore
benefits to the vast majority of elderly, legal immigrants whose assistance
checks had been jeopardized by the new federal welfare law. But on close
examination, Feinstein said, the terms of the agreement will force those now
receiving aid to reapply and prove to the government that they are disabled.

That process will take six months at least, officials say.

“What is an 83-year-old woman who speaks little English supposed to do when
her SSI is interrupted for six months while her application is processed?
Get a temp job? Pay the rent with IOUs?” Feinstein asked.

The problem is the latest in a confusing blizzard of changes that have left
many elderly immigrants panicked over the future of their benefit checks.

Because of the new problem, nearly 111,000 elderly residents of California,
which has the largest population of legal immigrants in the country, are in
danger of losing their benefits even though as many as two-thirds may still
be fully eligible to receive assistance, according to the Congressional
Budget Office and the Social Security Administration.

For decades, legal immigrants who were either low-income elderly or disabled
have been eligible for the federal Supplemental Security Income program.
Some immigrants have family members who are able to support them, but many
do not and are dependent on the monthly benefit checks.

Immigrants could retain eligibility for benefits if they were to become
citizens, but many of the elderly SSI recipients are unable to pass
citizenship examinations.

The welfare reform law that was passed last year would have cut off those
benefits starting Aug. 1. Congress is in the process of extending that
deadline to Oct. 1.

Under the budget agreement, elderly immigrants who can show that they are
disabled — in addition to being elderly and poor — would be able to keep
their benefits. Government officials believe that as many as 70% of the
elderly legal immigrants would qualify.

First, however, they must submit an application and proof of disability.
Until that is processed, they would be cut off from SSI. That, according to
Feinstein and advocates for the immigrants, could lead to unnecessary hunger
and homelessness among one of the country’s most vulnerable populations.

“The Social Security Administration has a horrible track record and can
sometimes take up to two years to determine benefits based on disability,”
said Yolanda Vera, an attorney with the National Immigration Law Center in
Los Angeles. “These people cannot wait that long.”

Among those who would probably not survive a lapse in benefits, family
members say, is Julia Alvarez of Alhambra, a 94-year-old Cuban immigrant
with Alzheimer’s disease. She is cared for by her son, Marco, a baker who is
a legal immigrant from Cuba.

Because of her disease, Alvarez says, his mother is unable to answer
questions or assist in the process of applying for citizenship. She receives
$640 a month in combined SSI and supplementary state payments. She could
theoretically requalify as disabled, but her family fears that even a
temporary cutoff in aid could have catastrophic effects.

“I don’t know what we’d do for my mother without the SSI, even for a few
months,” a distraught Alvarez said last week at a state legislative hearing
in Los Angeles, where an emotional videotape of his ailing mother was played
for legislators. “She may die before this comes into law, but I’m worried
about other people who could lose their aid.”

In Sacramento, state officials said they had recently urged the California
congressional delegation to continue to provide federal benefits for elderly
legal immigrants while disability applications are processed.

State Sen. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), chairman of the budget subcommittee
that oversees welfare expenditures, said that if federal funds are not
available then the state would be forced to provide for disabled legal
immigrants at a huge administrative cost.

“It’s a bureaucratic nightmare to shift these folks back and forth and the
cost would really be a pittance to the federal government,” Thompson said,
“but it would be a budget buster for California. It’s a lot of money we’re
talking about.”

Feinstein and Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.) have proposed legislation to
restore SSI and food stamp eligibility to all legal immigrants who were in
the United States as of Aug. 22 of last year, but passage of that bill would
be an uphill fight, aides say.

Two possible faster solutions were floated this week by the Congressional
Budget Office.

Under the first proposal, benefits would be cut off Oct. 1 as planned, but
once a person requalified as disabled, he or she would receive a retroactive
lump sum in lieu of the checks that were withheld. Advocates for the
immigrants say that solution could be devastating to elderly people with no
savings to sustain them in the meantime.

The second proposal would be to continue to pay all the elderly now
receiving SSI benefits and only stop checks once a recipient has been deemed
unqualified. That solution would cost an estimated $600 million because some
ineligible recipients would be paid until they were weeded out.

Either way, legislation is required to keep the checks flowing. And even if
the apparent glitch is fixed, 30% or more of elderly legal immigrants —
those whose benefits were not restored by the budget agreement — would
still be left out, Feinstein said.

“I continue to believe the right thing to do is to continue benefits for all
elderly and disabled legal immigrants who were receiving SSI prior to the
passage of the welfare bill,” she said.

Fiore reported from Washington and McDonnell from Los Angeles. Times staff
writer Virginia Ellis in Sacramento contributed to this story.

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: Thu, 22 May 1997 13:57:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: CSCO’s Proclamation

Dear Friends:

Christians Supporting Community Organizing, formed this past January, is a
network of Christians from evangelical and Pentecostal perspectives who seek
to encourage “congregation based community organizing” as a means for
effective ministry. I’ve been involved since its early inception and want to
encourage Asian American Christians who are passionately concerned about
wholistic ministries to consider getting involved. Attached is a draft of
CSCO’s proclamation.

Because this is a high commitment network, all members are required to
participate in a 5-day organizing training workshop prior to joining. This
year’s workshop will be held at Mission Springs Conference Center just South
of San Francisco between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2.

If you are interested in finding out more about CSCO or know of persons who
would be interested, feel free to contact me at . Thanks!

In Christ,
Tim Tseng

Christians Supporting Community Organizing
Marilyn Stranske, Director
359 Fox Street
Denver, CO 80223
303/860-7747, ext. 134
FAX 303/860-1914


We are a group of Anabaptist, Baptist, Evangelical, Holiness, Pentecostal,
Reform and Wesleyan Christians who invite others in our faith perspectives
to join us in a “call to the churches.” For the past three years, we have
been exploring congregation-based community organizing as a means of
community building and a tool for effective mission. We have been engaging
in workshops, studying, praying, reflecting and making site visits to local
congregation-based community organizing projects in the metropolitan areas
where we live and work. As a result of this process, we are persuaded that
local congregations of our faith perspectives should explore
congregation-based community organizing as a means to faithfully live out the
Gospel. During this year of 1997, we are inviting others of our faith
perspectives to consider this DRAFT call, to engage with us in our process of
studying congregation-based community organizing, to suggest revisions to
this call AND to join with us in urging our churches to explore participation
in congregation-based community organizing projects in their areas.

We speak in the tradition of the great revivals of the 18th and 19th
centuries when our predecessors led the struggle to:
* end the practice of charging congregation members for their pew seats–with
more expensive seats in the front;
* abolish slavery;
* create real neighborhoods where slum conditions forced people to live in
degrading poverty;
* end child labor, as well as other abuses of working people; and,
* extend the right to vote to women.

We speak in the liberating tradition of the African-American church which has
always understood God’s purpose to include community, justice and freedom.
In this tradition, we stand with:
* the slaves whose Christianity embodied the prophetic voice of Israel and
who reminded us that the City on the Hill was also Pharaoh’s Egypt;
* the abolitionists who struggled to end slavery;
* the civil rights movement of the 20th century.

We speak in the tradition of the Azusa Street movement which:
* recognized the importance of community, and challenged a concept of
individualism that affirmed human independence by denying our
* broke barriers of race, ethnicity and gender by recognizing the uniqueness
and gifts of all people; and,
* reaffirmed the presence of the Holy Spirit among us.

In these traditions, to those who share them with us, we speak.


(DRAFT) Call To The Churches

A Biblical Call To Our Churches To Explore Participation In Local
Congregation-Based Community Organizations.

We are forming a national committee to encourage congregations from our faith
perspectives, now largely absent from the approximately two hundred
congregation-based community organizations around this country, to consider
participation in these organizations as a means to more faithfully live out
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

….. those created in the image of God,
……as followers of Jesus Christ who are committed:
… his saving work on our behalf and on behalf of the world for which
he died,
… the authority of the Scriptures,
… the power of the Holy Spirit,
…..and to the reality that Christ’s work in the world is to be carried out
corporately in His body, the church:

we declare…
…. we are called corporately and individually to love God with all our
hearts, minds, souls and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
…. we are called corporately and individually to live out the gospel
through verbal proclamation; discipling faithful, loving communities; and in
action which accords with the instruction of the Scripture.

we confess…..
…. we have often sinned by attempting to keep only one of the two great
commandments, forgetting that the two are intertwined, and that it is
impossible to keep the first without also keeping the second, which is “like
unto it.”
…. we have erred by forgetting parts of the gospel, and ignoring areas of
life and ministry, as though they were exempt from the Lordship of Jesus

But because we live by grace in the saving work of Jesus Christ, and not by
the Law, which we cannot keep unless it is written in our hearts….

we joyfully affirm….
…. we are always welcome to seek and find forgiveness for our sins and to
initiate new beginnings as we re- commit ourselves anew to the Lordship of
Jesus Christ. We believe involvement in congregation-based community
organizing could be part of such a beginning.

While the church has many different members, functions and gifts, and many
different approaches to body life and ministry, we believe our congregations
can be strengthened and encouraged through participation in congregation
based community organizing. We believe this approach to ministry can be
instructive in some specific ways. While we are particularly strong in our
commitments to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to high views of
Scripture, we also believe our involvement in congregation based community
organizing can help us restore aspects of the gospel often neglected.

We intend to encourage our churches to explore involvement in
congregation-based community organizing as a means to bring forth powerful
action in the world, demonstrating our commitments to the two great
commandments and to a fuller living out of the good news.

* We believe this involvement will help our congregations deepen their body
life in this time when we, like the society around us, often have become
fragmented collections of individuals rather than communities of faith, love,
justice, power and sound minds, in which each of us is both gifted and

* We believe this involvement will help our congregations recover their roles
as co-creators in building the Kingdom with their Creator God at a time when
the great majority of us feel relatively powerless in the face of
institutional forces of evil that seem beyond our influence and, in part
because of these forces, at a time when many of us have become chiefly
consumers of services and entertainment in the world.

* We believe this involvement will assist our congregations in reconnecting
with the neighborhoods around their buildings when we, like many other
institutions in our society, have often become commuter institutions, out of
touch and out of love with the neighbors in the shadow of our doors.

* We believe this involvement will help us recover our concern for justice
for our neighbors and ourselves at a time when many of our churches tend to
have limited their concerns to a pietistic love for God and to personal
redemption, personal reconciliation and personal morality. Having neglected
institutional sin, institutional reconciliation and institutional redemption,
we have often refused to consider our responsibility to bring institutions
under the Lordship of Christ.

* We believe this involvement will help us reconnect to our Biblical mandate
to call human systems to account when they stray from their godly purposes.
The godly intent for our economic institutions is stewardship for the
commonwealth and an equitable distribution of its goods and services. The
godly intent for our political institutions is order with justice.

* We believe involvement in congregation-based community organizing will help
our congregations recover the ability to confront systemic injustice, to deal
effectively with the worldly manifestations of the ‘principalities and
powers’ and to hold institutions accountable to God’s purposes for them at a
time when many of our churches have forgotten their prophetic, corporate
roles. That is to say, this involvement will help our congregations
struggle powerfully “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the
powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenly realms (Eph. 6:12 NIV)” that would “steal and kill and destroy (John
10:10 NIV).”

* We believe this involvement will help us recover a godly understanding and
use of our power at a time when our church structures, like other
institutions in our society, have sometimes used their power in idolatrous
ways. Such use treats power as an end in itself with little reflection on
how or whether the use of power is being brought under the Lordship of Jesus
Christ, or being used to love our neighbors as ourselves.

* We believe our congregations’ involvement will deepen the faith and values
base of existing congregation-based community organizing efforts as we call
all involved congregations to constant biblical reflection and to deeper
dependence on the work of the Spirit.

To those who long to see the church act more faithfully in these ways, we
solemnly, humbly and joyfully issue this call to leaders and congregations of
our faith perspectives to engage in this process of exploration and
involvement with us.

While we believe this kind of organizing will aid us in praying and working
for God’s kingdom to come on earth, we also acknowledge that the kingdom and
our own individual and corporate salvation will never be fully known until
Jesus Christ returns. We further confess that we, our congregations and the
federations of churches that comprise the existing congregation-based
community organizations are broken vessels, but we seek to be faithful to our
calling, active in the power of the Holy Spirit and hopeful in the knowledge
of our forgiveness when we fail.

As a national committee, we have sought, under the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, to carefully structure ourselves in ways that embody our vision. We
have taken care in our own biblical reflection, in our own investigation of
congregation based community organizing, in our composition, in our decision
making, and in the commitment of our own resources to honor our Lord Jesus
Christ, to call the church to a more full living out of the gospel of the
Lord Jesus Christ and to a greater love for our neighbors.

Come, let us explore together….


As new creatures in whom the image of God is being restored, both
individually and corporately, we are persons called to act powerfully in the
world around us. This action is to be guided and empowered by the Holy
Spirit and constantly tempered by our prayer, reflection and communion with

Power is one of God’s gifts, but like all gifts, it can be used for good or
bad. The vision of the shalom is that each person, family and community is
nurtured by their own relationship with God and their own means of sustenance
as they live in community with one another. Each unit has the power both to
contribute and to receive, and all are stewards of Godis bountiful creation.
We recognize that complete comprehension and fulfillment of this shalom
vision awaits Christis return.

However, we also acknowledge, in this present time, the failure of Godis
people to share the Gospel so that all peoples have opportunities to develop
their own relationships with the Lord. We further confess we have failed to
live as stewards and to prophetically hold religious, economic and political
institutions accountable when they become idolatrous and refuse to serve
godly purposes. Consequently, communities become impossible. Instead of
loving our neighbors as ourselves, each is turning against each. Vast
numbers of people feel powerless to influence the forces shaping the
destinies of themselves and their families, while small groups act with so
much power they become arrogant and abusive. Yet, these patterns are often
not recognized as spiritual issues, much less called under the Lordship of

It is in this circumstance that congregation-based community organizations
have arisen to act powerfully and prayerfully in the world, confronting power
where it is abused, and gaining in power so it can be widely shared rather
than held by a privileged few. These organizations provide ways for
Christians to work not only for their own personal transformation back into
the stewards and co-creators we are called to be, but to deepen their own
sense of community within their congregations and neighborhoods, and to hold
institutions accountable for systemic justice. In so doing, they act in the
furtherance of the Kingdom visions of which Scripture speaks and for which
many hearts yearn.


We acknowledge that all power belongs to God. God is the original creator,
initiator and actor. However, we are made in the image of God to be stewards
of the creation, to act with power given by God to love God with all our
hearts minds souls and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Instead of acting with our God-given power according to our faith and
values, we often abdicate our power, denying we had any. We have often built
our institutions with the same disregard for how and whether we used our
power to seek fulfillment of the two great commandments. The way to avoid
the misuse of power is to ensure that it is spread widely and concentrated

We have separated the gospel into the verbal proclamation and the social
witness, cleaving to one or the other and often leaving out all together how
we structure our relationships to one another in the richness of the Kingdom.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 11:18:15 -0700
From: Carl Yilunto
Subject: CAC List Mail: (no subject)


One should not be upset specifically because Asians were beaten, but
because human beings was beaten up:
“There are only two races, the decent and the undecent”
– Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 10:45:17 +0800 (EAT)
From: mooch
Subject: CAC List Mail: 18 May 1947: historic landmark (fwd)

Hi all,
Better late than never; a friend sent me this.
Muchun (Mooch) Yin |E-mail:
Box 373, Tunghai University |Homepage:
Taichung, Taiwan |

>Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 11:09:54 -0400
>From: Marjorie Chan
>Subject: 18 May 1947: historic landmark
>Dear Netters,
>I don’t know the make-up of subscribers on the Chinese List, but I presume
>most of us were not yet born on 18 May 1947, half a century ago. For those
>interested in Chinese Canadian/American history, or Asian American history
>in general, tomrrow — 18 May 1997 — marks the 50th anniversary of a
>momentous event — the right of the Chinese in Canada to vote.
>The Chinese born in the U.S. automatically get U.S. citizenship, but the
>same was not true in Canada. The Chinese born in Canada received a birth
>certificate that reads, “This certificate does not establish legal status
>in Canada.” As a result, the Chinese who enlisted in the armed forces in
>Canada in World War II were classified “Allied aliens”! Only after fighting
>and dying to defend Canada was the 1923 Chinese exclusion act repealed and
>the Chinese in Canada finally granted right to vote and full citizenship.
>Until then, the Chinese born in Canada were essentially in limbo, citizens
>of neither China nor Canada. There were *no* “Chinese-Canadians”.
>The policy change also meant that the Chinese in Canada (especially those
>on the west coast where they concentrated and where discrimination ran
>deepest) were finally permitted to enter such white-collar professions as
>law, chartered accountancy, medicine, and pharmacy. It also meant that no
>longer were Chinese banned from certain public institutions and
>recreational areas, cordoned off in certain sections of theatres set aside
>specifically for Chinese and native Indians, or denied the right to
>purchase property in certain neighborhoods. And, of course, citizenship and
>enfranchisement also meant opportunities to run for political office.
>Those of us whose grandfather (in my case, or great-grandfather for some
>others) had paid a $500 Chinese head tax (initiated in 1885, which began at
>$50 and rose to $500 by 1903) to go to Canada at the turn of the century,
>before the Chinese exclusion act (1923-1947)[fn.1], are deeply indebted to
>those who, after fighting valiantly with the allies in World World II and
>survived, shamed the Canadian government to give the Chinese in Canada full
>citizenship. The right to vote is especially important to remember in this
>election year in Canada. And it is worth remembering that a lot of the
>freedoms and privileges that we take for granted today — including
>inter-racial marriages (in some states) — had been hard-earned in an
>earlier chapter in the history of the Chinese in Canada and the U.S.
>Best regards,
>Marjorie Chan
>[1] A total of seven Chinese nationals entered Canada during the period
>from 1923 to 1947. The U.S. also had its series of acts to exclude or
>restrict Chinese immigration, including the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act
>(extended to Hawaiian Islands in 1898) that prohibited naturalization of
>Chinese until it was repealed in 1943.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 02:15:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Fwd: A young boy need your help

Hi Everybody,
Thought this was important enough to send out to all of you. Help if you
believe the Lord is leading.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Darren Lim
Forwarded message:
Subj: Fwd: A young boy need your help
Date: 97-05-22 19:40:40 EDT
From: Patlee
To: KKanFBC,
To: FredTowHcc,
To: Dmlim,Pamela Yee

Should the Lord put this on your heart to pass along to your contacts, I
would appreciate it.

Patrick Lee
Chinese Bible Church
Forwarded message:
From: (Cynthia Lee)
Date: 97-05-22 16:15:20 EDT

got any connections?

Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 11:46:40 -0500
From: “Shan-Chiao Huang” by way of Sean Lin
Subject: FW: A young boy need your help… (fwd)

Subject: need the bone marrow transplant

!!!Please pass this message to the people who you know. If your
has a Chinese/Asian mailing list, please forward the message to the mailing

Our son, Jay Li, a 26 months old boy was diagnozed with Acute Lymphocytic
Leukemia (ALL) with central nerve system (CNS) involvement in June of 1996.

Since then, he went through a standard chemotherapy treatment at the
Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy did not help him. He
a relapse (leukemia recurs) last week, only one month after his
treatment. His blood counts are going down rapidly. He is in danger of his

Now, the doctors at the hospital are planing to give his a different
chemotherapy, trying to achieve a second remission. However, it is clear
that he needs a bone marrow transplantation to save his life. Otherwise,
second remission will be a very short one if it is achievable at all and
chance of longterm survival is zero.

We contacted the national bone marrow register. The result is what you can
imagine: The pool for the donors with Asiatic background is quite small.
chance to find a bone marrow match is also small if is not absolutely

We are not giving up. We know, there are hundred thousands Chinese people
studying and working in the United State. We know you are care about us,
our son and we also know you will help to save Jay’s life. We know many of
are parents yourself and you know how we
feel in our situation.

If you can help, please call Asian American Donor Program at
They will instruct you how to become a donor at no cost to you. You can
call your doctor/hospital, let them help you become a donor. We need you.
other children who are waiting for
a bone marrow donor will thank you for give them a new life.

We also looking for alternative medicine, i.e. traditional Chinese
We know some of Chinese medicines are more powerful in curing leukemia. If
have information about Chinese doctors who are specialist for treating
wherever in China or in the US, please pass information to us. We thank you

Please help!!!

Our phone/fax: 415-858-2942 (h)
phone: 415-813-3544 (w)


Gangqiang Li
Jin Zhu

PS: We are both mainland Chinese who obtained their PH.D. degrees in
and now are working as scientist in the Silicon Valley.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 04:55:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Appeal letter re: China’s MFN status

Dear friends:

Enclosed is an urgent appeal letter from Rev. Dr. Samuel Ling responding to
activities led by several Christian leaders (including Gary Bauer who is
connected with Focus on the Family) attempting to revoke China’s Most Favored
Nation status. I noted on previous postings for the CAC list that there has
been concern over China’s religious policy as it impacts Christians. I hope
that this letter (and the press release being sent under separate email
message) will prove informative. I also hope that it is not too late to
respond. Please contact Sam Ling directly if you would like to support this
appeal at the phone numbers and email address below. Thanks! – Tim Tseng


Institute for Chinese Studies
The Billy Graham Center
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 752-5951
FAX: (630) 961-5278
Home Phone: (630) 961-5264
Home FAX: (630) 961-5278

May 20, 1997

Dear Christian Leader:

This is an urgent appeal for your help.

Debate over China heats up with President Clinton’s announcement yesterday of
this policy to renew China’s Most Favored Nation (MFN) status. A number of
Christian organizations are calling for an end to China’s MFN status due to
her human rights record. A press conference is scheduled tomorrow morning,
May 21.

America needs to know that there is another Christian voice, tempered with
the wisdom of history, which is equally committed to religious freedom in
China. Open confrontation with China will backfire: persecution will
escalate; Christian work in China will be further curtailed; the economies of
the U.S., China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will suffer; the very activities which
assist the church in China and bring about a more open society will likely

We need you to join other leading Christians in America to declare that there
are other ways to enhance China’s human rights situation which are more
effective. Can you please sign the enclosed letter and return it to us this
afternoon? The public will know that there is another effective way to work
for religious freedom in China.

Please respond. We wait on you this afternoon. If you are aware of any
other Christian leader who may be interested in signing this appeal, kindly
forward the appeal letter. Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ,
Samuel Ling, Ph.D.

P.S. Please sign; and write you name, organization and title beneath your

[Attached Letter]

An Appeal to Our Brothers and Sisters who are Concerned about China
May 20, 1997

As Americans debate President Clinton’s initiative to renew China’s Most
Favored Nation (MFN) status in the next few weeks, we need to be cool-minded
and draw wisdom from history. An emotional response to vent our righteous
anger will reap long term negative consequences.

MFN is not a single, isolate issue. It is the core of America’s engagement
policy toward China. Taking it away will hurt the Chinese people,
particularly those who are persecuted because of their religious faith.
Hostilities will escalate between the United States and China:
America-bashing is already in full bloom in China; American sanctions will
make the U.S. the number one enemy in the minds of the Chinese people. China
has published at least six best-selling anti-American diatribes since last
summer. When U.S.-China relationships deteriorate, Christians in China will
be blamed, and penalized. The very activities which assist the church in
China, and help bring about a more open China, will likely come to an end.

With MFN, the economies of the U.S., China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will all
suffer. The private sector will be more vulnerable to government policies.
China will become more isolated. History shows that as the U.S. engages
China and a more open, pluralistic atmosphere prevails, both the the standard
of living and human rights and freedoms – including religious freedom – tend
to improve.

There are many positive steps Americans can take to improve human rights in
China. Many opportunities for direct assistance to families of Christian
prisoners and those who have fled China because of persecution exist.
Americans can also expand our commitment of time and resources to serve the
Chinese people. Private, one-on-one dialogue, toward leaders in China and
Chinese scholars and visitors in the U.S., is the best context to demonstrate
that freedom, human rights and rule of law are intrinsic to a progressive
society. Currently only 20% of the 300,000 Chinese scholars and students
were invited to an American home; how would the future history of China be
written differently, if every one of them experiences American generosity and

The well-intentioned but misguided efforts by some Christian groups to call
for an end to China’s MFN status will strengthen the hands of hard-line
leaders in China. It is time we learn from history, and pray that
opportunities to serve the church in China, and to enhance a more open,
pluralistic society would be preserved and enhanced.


[If you would like to join our appeal, please sign, give your name, title,
and organization. FAX it to us this afternoon: (630) 752-5916]

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 04:56:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Press release re: China’s MFN status

Institute for Chinese Studies
The Billy Graham Center
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187

Evangelical Christians Call Anti-MFN Campaign Counter-Productive

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 20, 1997

Samuel Ling, Ph.D.
Brent Fulton, M.A.
Phone: (630) 752-5951

As the United States debates President Clinton’s decision to renew China’s
Most Favored Nation (MFN) status May 20, 1997, Americans must remain
cool-minded, take a long term view, and draw wisdom from history. Some
Christian leaders see in the MFN debate an opportunity to pressure the
Chinese government into bettering its human rights record, particularly
concerning the persecution of Chinese Christians. China’s history has proved
that as the US engages China, a more open, pluralistic atmosphere develops,
and both the standard of living and human rights and freedoms, including
religious freedom, tend to improve. This is why opposition to MFN status for
China is counter-productive.

MFN is not a single, isolated issue. It lies at the core of America’s
engagement policy toward China. Taking it away will hurt the Chinese people,
particularly those persecuted because of their religious beliefs.
Hostilities will escalate. America-bashing is already in full bloom in

An effective strategy to work toward greater human rights and religious
freedom in China includes quiet diplomacy and trade measures selectively
applied. Had Clinton revoked China’s MFN status, a most serious economic
impact on the very regions where positive social and even political
developments are most promising would result. Such a drastic change would
seriously affect the economies of Taiwan and Hong Kong where stability in
both countries is of utmost importance. In addition, doors for service
through educational, business, cultural, and other exchanges would likely be

The United States’ attitude toward China seems to reflect a double standard;
a total of 191 nations, many with worse records of persecution than China,
are granted permanent, unconditional MFN status without the annual round of
public criticism currently directed toward China. Public shaming of the
Chinese government and economic sanctions backed by American Christians will
only serve to strengthen the official Chinese perception that Christians are
a threat to China’s political and social stability. Mistrust of Christians
by the Chinese public will be heightened. It is likely that Chinese
Christians would be blamed for the inevitable deterioration in Sino-US
relations had the MFN status been revoked, strengthening the hands of
hard-line Chinese leaders upon the persecuted.

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 15:09:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Connerly Concedes that Prop 209 May Need to be Modified

Here’s an interesting development regarding the furor over Prop 209 in
California. – Tim Tseng

Friday, May 23, 1997 7 Page A21 )1997 San Francisco Chronicle

Connerly Seems To Be Shifting On Race Issue
He says outreach efforts don’t have to be entirely colorblind

Pamela Burdman, Chronicle Staff Writer

Ward Connerly, the state’s standard-bearer in the drive to eliminate
affirmative action, said yesterday that Proposition 209 might need some
tinkering to clear the way for college preparation programs to operate in
ethnic neighborhoods.

Connerly’s comments, made in Sacramento earlier in the week and repeated
in an interview yesterday, surprised administrators at the University of
California. In fashioning strategies to help more students qualify for UC,
they have been heeding Connerly’s stance against targeting students by

Yesterday, the UC regent’s position seemed to soften: “It is insane for
us to try to design outreach programs that are totally colorblind,” he
said. “To take a program into a neighborhood or venue that is
predominantly a certain race, there’s nothing wrong with that.”

But he said he still opposes programs that screen participants based on
their ethnicity. “I’m still opposed to race-based outreach,” he said,
adding that he was simply clarifying his earlier view — not repudiating

Connerly’s remarks followed reports of a drastic shift in the racial
composition of students admitted at UC’s law schools for next fall: At
Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, for example, the number of blacks admitted fell
from 75 to 14, and Latinos dropped from 78 to 39 — with Asian Americans
increasing from 126 to 149 and whites jumping from 467 to 538.

Those figures represent the first class to be admitted under the regents’
affirmative action ban — and administrators fear that many of those
admitted will be lured away by other prestigious law schools that don’t
have the taint of UC’s affirmative action ban.

Regent William Bagley, a San Francisco attorney who has opposed Connerly’s
moves to roll back affirmative action, speculated that the numbers may
have elicited a “mea culpa” from Connerly.

Another critic, former regent Ralph Carmona, said: “He’s beginning to
look at the political reality. He has no way to resolve it except to
recognize that race is a factor.”

Connerly disagreed sharply, saying the figures simply highlight the role
preferences have played in the past. Connerly has accused administrators
such as Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien of skirting the law by
promoting diversity through outreach programs. He withdrew financial
support from Tien’s Berkeley Pledge when he learned that the outreach
program targeted high schools with a large proportion of black students.

Yesterday, he said he would defend the right of agencies such as UC to
conduct programs, for example, in black churches or schools that happen to
be predominantly black or Latino — even if it meant changing a few words
in Proposition 209. He did not change his position on the Berkeley Pledge

The regents’ 1995 resolution banning racial preferences focuses on
admissions, hiring and contracting — but makes no mention of outreach

Last year, Connerly announced that he would introduce another measure
directed at outreach.

He retreated from that plan, saying he was “buying peace” in the
university. Critics, however, said he backed down to avoid contradicting a
statement by then- presidential candidate Bob Dole in support of targeted

The approval in November of Proposition 209 by 54 percent of voters
extended the prohibition on preferences to all aspects of education,
though some disagreement remains on the question of outreach programs that
target students by race.

UC officials recently released an ambitious plan to match UC
administrators and faculty with 50 low-performing high schools around the
state to expand the number of students who qualify to attend UC. Officials
said the program could cost tens of millions of dollars to implement.

The outreach report sets a minimum goal of doubling the number of
UC-eligible graduates at partner high schools by the year 2002.

Because of Proposition 209, however, the report did not call for targeting
students — or schools — by race.

The absence of targeting is one of several points of contention on the
task force that drafted the report. Rick Russell, an alumni regent, said
yesterday he and at least 10 other task force members will write a
dissenting report.

UC officials could not say yesterday whether Connerly’s latest utterances
would lead to any changes in the official version of the report that might
mollify Russell and his allies.

UC assistant vice president Dennis Galligani said only that he would
explore the issue in a conversation with Connerly.

“No one here has heard anything from Connerly,” said spokesman Terry
Colvin. “Everybody’s kind of mystified.”

Also perplexed was Tom Wood, one of the authors of Proposition 209. He was
trying to contact Connerly for clarification. “I don’t know what to
think,” he said. “I’m getting conflicting reports.”

Wood said 209 already allows schools and agencies to conduct outreach
programs in ethnic neighborhoods and not a single word needs to be

“It’s like saying if the moon were going to fall onto the Earth tomorrow,
we’d have to go back and revise 209,” he said. “If I had to draft it all
over again, I’d draft it the same way.”

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
From: Cornelius
Subject: CAC List Mail: FW: Latest update on missonary David Allen
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 13:19:45 +0800

Hi everybody,

This is the latest update on missionary David Allen from another missionary Blair A. Warner.

Cornelius —–

From: Blair A. Warner
Sent: Sunday, 25 May 1997 22:45
To: Cornelius; ‘*!pang’
Subject: Re: Urgent prayer request for missionary

Dear Cornelius and others,

Thanks for your concern for David, however, your information is outdated.
Praise God, David is in stable condition and slowly regaining previously
lost weight and infected body systems, functions etc. .He is on his way
to being healed.Below are the two latest e-mails:

May 6, 1997


Here is an update on Dave, missionary with a parasite. This comes
direct from his church. Seems something great is happening!

“David is doing much better.He is still in Baylor of
Dallas and has gained a total of lbs.At this time, the
doctors think that the parasite is gone.They are now
trying to get David to build his strength from eating and
walking some everyday.He is still receiving nutrition from
an IV.If all goes well, he may get to go home on
Wednesday, the 7th. Thank you for your interests and

May 18, 1997


Update on David, missionary who had only 2 months to live due to a
parasite. Latest reports are that *no parasite can be found!*

“GOOD NEWS!!I just got off the phone with David a few minutes
ago (Sat. 12:15 P.M. Central Standard Time in USA) and he was in
good spirits. Yesterday, he was able to eat a few bites of food
throughout the day and even got up, walked around and shaved.
The doctors unhooked his IV from which he had been getting his
nutrition from, 24 hours a day since last Saturday. Basically the
doctors are trying to jump start his digestive system (layman’s
terms) by introducing small amounts of lactose free food.

At this time the intestine needs to grow back the villa -small
filament-like hairs that play an important role of absorption of
nutrients into the blood.Dave is now off the pain killer
Demerol for his abdominal pains because of the bad side effects.
He has had some chest pain and still has the abdominal pains but
not to the degree to which he had it a few days ago.The big
blessing is that the doctors after a battery of tests this past
week can find no trace of any parasites!!They think it has been
flushed out.”

Continue praying for complete restoration so that he and his
family can return to the mission field.


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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
From: “DJ Chuang”
Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 13:59:57 -0500
Subject: CAC List Mail: Q: Asian-American Spiritual Narratives

——- Forwarded Message Follows ——-
Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 13:57:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Bradford J. Verter”

For an introductory undergraduate course on religion in the United States, I’m
looking for a primary text that will open up discussion of questions of
identity, cultural confict, and cultural exchange in an Asian American
context. I don’t want to assign secondary materials — so no ethnographies.
Most of the autobiographies I’ve seen (such as those excerpted in Maria Hong’s
GROWING UP ASIAN AMERICAN) don’t treat religious issues very extensively.
Those I’ve seen that do are either too boring (Charr’s GOLDEN MOUNTAIN) or too
sentimental (Amy Tan) to suit my purposes.

Any suggestions will be gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks,

Brad Verter

– Bradford Verter Remember, Falcon-Ace, Religion Department Thou hast
there in thy wrist a Sanskrit charge 1879 Hall To conjugate infinity’s dim
marge– Princeton University Anew…! Princeton, NJ 08544 (609)
252-0246 –Hart Crane “The Bridge: Cape

* * ICQ UIN 508675

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 15:19:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Re: Denny’s incident

Dear CACers:

Here is a copy of a letter I received from Marsha Bradley in response to my
posting of the incident at the Denny’s in Syracuse. Your responses would be
greatly appreciated! – Tim


c/o University of Syracuse
Elizabeth R. Ouyang
Asian American Legal Defense & Education
Syracuse, NY 13220

Dear Ms. Ouyang:

After hearing about the incident at Denny’s with the international students
and white student, I was not at all surprised. I was appalled and certainly
hope that justice prevails. However, that was not my first reaction.

It has long been my hope that Asian Americans and other minorities will join
together in the struggle with African Americans to fight discrimination and
the psychological sickness that causes white America to mistreat those who do
not look like them. Consequently, the Asian American community has failed to
recognize the African American’s struggle for equality. Furthermore,
segments of the Asian community have joined together with white America to
discriminate against us and believes many of the stereotypes perpetrated by
the very ones who oppress us both.

Now in the wake of this unfortunate incident, the Asian American community
wants everyone to come to their aid and support. Ironically, it was African
Americans that saved them in the first place. If we join together in the
fight for equality, we all will win. Conversely, if minorities continue to
separate themselves from each other we will not.

Please understand that white America hates African Americans and Asian
Americans, for different reasons. It is hate nonetheless.

I would like to see a coalition of minorities coming together to understand
and accept each other first. In a country where there are so many cultures
struggling against the same common enemy, why aren’t we fighting this battle
together? Let’s be honest with each other. I get the distinct feeling every
time I have interaction with an Asian American that there is fear of my
blackness. They only know the lies and stereotypes that white America has
poisoned their minds with through the media.

African Americans have been beaten down in the streets, hung from trees and
killed long before these young people ever saw an African American. So,
again, I hope that justice prevails. But I hope this is an awakening for us

Respectfully submitted,

Marsha Bradley

cc: Tim Tseng

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 02:56:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: Misc. immigration news


FYI. These are selected stories. – Tim

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 1997 11:59:43 AM
From: (Mark Krikorian)
Subj: Miscellaneous immigration news

[For CISNEWS subscribers: Various items from the San Francsico Bay area,
Washington, D.C., Brisbane (Australia), and North Carolina. — Mark

Grant to foster citizenship
$5 million awarded to help immigrants

San Jose Mercury News, Friday, May 23, 1997

Mercury News Staff Writer
A consortium of 12 Bay Area counties was awarded a $5 million matching grant
Wednesday to help legal immigrants attain U.S. citizenship.

The Northern California Citizenship Project, a partnership of government,
charitable foundations and non-profit agencies, will use the funds to help
nearly 50,000 senior and disabled legal immigrants who will lose
Supplemental Security Income and food stamps under federal welfare reform
unless they become naturalized citizens by Aug. 22.

The money will help counties reach many immigrants who face an especially
difficult time attaining citizenship because they are in their 90s, are
homebound or suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome or Alzheimer’s

No. 2 philanthropist

The grant comes from the $50 million Emma Lazarus Fund in New York, created
by Hungarian-born financier George Soros to help legal immigrants become
U.S. citizens. Soros’ name graced the No. 2 spot of last year’s list of the
top 10 philanthropists nationwide as compiled by the online magazine Slate.

“This project is not going to serve as an absolute solution to the impact
of the welfare legislation, but for a significant number of seniors and
disabled, it will serve to protect them from homelessness and poverty,”
said Herb Castillo of the San Francisco Foundation, one of the participating

First $2 million

In the first year of the program, $2 million will be made available to the
consortium, which will serve legal immigrants from Sonoma to Monterey. The
remaining $3 million will be allocated as matching funds are raised. So far,
$3.4 million has been raised from local governments and community

Santa Clara County, with 31,000 legal immigrants who may lose SSI or food
stamps — the largest affected population — has contributed $250,000. San
Francisco and Alameda counties have pledged $100,000 each.

The money will be used to educate immigrants about citizenship, expand
naturalization programs, hire multilingual workers, pay for cameras to take
application photos and buy materials to help immigrants study for the tests,
project members said.


Anti-Racism Urged in Australia

The Associated Press, Sunday, May 25, 1997

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jewish leaders on Sunday compared an
anti-immigration politician to Hitler and Nazism.

Speaking to a rally of 3,500, Brisbane Jewish community leader Lawrence
Rosenblum likened legislator Pauline Hanson’s book, “Pauline Hanson: The
Truth,” to Hitler’s tract “Mein Kampf.”

Hanson’s book describes 19th-century Aborigines as cannibals, and promotes
her views that Asian immigrants steal jobs and refuse to assimilate.

“The Nazi party of Germany’s ideology was built around the slogan … One
Nation, One People, One Leader,” Rosenblum told the rally in the
northeastern city of Ipswich, outside Brisbane.

Rosenblum said Hanson’s disdain for multiculturalism mirrored Hitler’s
condemnation of internationalism, which he believed posed a threat to the
superiority and purity of the Aryan race.

“Hitler sought to dehumanize and vilify his victims in preparation for the
popular acceptance of their ultimate destruction. His propaganda factories
… alleged Jewish people mixed the blood of murdered Christian children
with their Passover bread,” Rosenblum said.

“Does this sound familiar? Refer to the Hanson book’s allegation that
Aborigines ate their … babies.”

Chinese community representative Michael Choi told the four-hour rally that
the Hanson debate had suddenly made him an outcast in a country he loves.

“I was told I am no longer an Aussie. And yet why do I feel the goosebumps
… when Australia wins a few medals … and when our national anthem is
being played?

“I am Chinese by birth, Australian by choice,” he said.

Hanson appeals to some middle-class Australians who blame immigrants for
tough economic times, including relatively high 8.7 percent unemployment
that reaches 30 percent in some rural areas where Hanson-mania flourishes.

Her political party, “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation,” claims 40,000 members.

Most of Australia’s nearly 18 million people are white; about 1 million are
Asian and 300,000 are Aborigine.


Today’s Washington Post (Tuesday, May 27, 1997) published a story about
retirees leaving South Florida for the mountains of North Carolina and
northern Georgia entitled, “Putting Florida in the Rearview Mirror: In
Reverse Migration, `Halfbacks’ Relocate to More Moderate Climates”
(“halfbacks’ are northerners who retire to Florida and then come halfway
back). From that story:

So many people, halfbacks and natives, are leaving Florida —
whether because of the humidity or crime or the growing
influence of foreign-born citizens and residents — that were it
not for the rising influx of immigrants, South Florida would be
losing population.

Yet another suggestion that immigration helps drive out the native born. I
can send the complete story to those who are interested (there isn’t
anything else specifically about foreign immigration), or you may search the
Washington Post Web site at

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, 28 May 1997 02:56:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: U.S. Seeks to Revoke Citizenship of Thousands of Immigrants

FYI. I wonder whether it would cost more money to revoke the citizenships of
“wrongly naturalized” immigrants than the amount of taxes the US government
would collect from these new citizens. Gee, I thought that balancing the
budget was the most important priority.

Tim Tseng

[For CISNEWS subscribers — Mark Krikorian]

U.S. Seeks to Revoke Citizenship of Thousands of Immigrants

The New York Times, May 24, 1997

WASHINGTON — The Clinton administration will seek to strip the citizenship
of nearly 5,000 immigrants who were wrongly naturalized during an
immigration drive last year, federal officials said Friday.

Revoking that many citizenships at any given time is without precedent for
the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and it poses enormous legal and
logistical challenges for the government. Until now, the agency has never
dealt with more than about two dozen revocations a year.

Beginning last fall, Republicans accused the administration of mounting an
election-year campaign to streamline citizenship procedures to allow more
than 180,000 immigrants to become citizens before the November elections
without having their criminal records fully checked.

As a result of these criticisms, the INS undertook an unprecedented review
of the nearly 1.1 million people who were granted citizenship between
September 1995 and September 1996 to determine how many were wrongfully

An audit whose findings were released to Congress on Friday found that
16,400 of the new citizens had a record of at least one felony arrest.
Arrest or conviction, by itself, is not grounds for revoking someone’s
citizenship. But the audit, which is nearly complete, also found 4,946 cases
in which a criminal arrest should have disqualified an applicant or in which
an applicant lied about his or her criminal history.

“We believe that we are on firm ground in proceeding on administrative
revocations where somebody has factually made a misrepresentation on a
felony arrest,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Colgate said at a news
conference Friday.

Friday’s findings mark the latest blow to the beleaguered immigration agency
and its Citizenship USA program. The program was started in late 1995 to
address a mounting backlog of citizenship applications, but Republicans
contend it has been hijacked by White House political operatives along the
way for electioneering purposes.

Doris Meissner, the commissioner of immigration and naturalization, issued a
set of sweeping safeguards to prevent immigrants with criminal records from
becoming citizens. But an independent review concluded in April that many of
the agency’s own employees had ignored the directives.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who has been the administration’s most severe
critic on the citizenship issue, praised the immigration service Friday for
“making good progress” in tracking down the scofflaws.

“The big question is, ‘Is the INS going to be successful in correcting their
mistakes, are they going to be successful in denaturalizing these roughly
5,000 individuals who were wrongly made citizens?’ ” Smith said.

In some cases, the offenses may be serious enough, such as a felony
conviction for rape or murder, that an individual could have his citizenship
revoked and be deported to his native country. But lying under oath to an
immigration examiner is not by itself a deportable offense, and in those
circumstances, a naturalized citizen would revert to a legal resident alien.

The immigration service faces enormous hurdles in revoking the citizenship
of the immigrants. In the 1995 fiscal year, the latest year for which
figures are available, the agency revoked the citizenship of 20 people in
procedures that typically took months to complete.

In the past few months, the immigration service has adopted a simpler
revocation process that no longer requires each case to go before a federal
court judge. Under the new system, an immigration administrative officer
would decide a revocation case, with a defendant able to appeal the decision
to a federal judge.

Carole Florman, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said the time to process
each revocation case would depend on whether an individual contests the
process, but could range from days to months.

As to when the nearly 5,000 revocation cases would be completed, Ms. Florman
said, “I have no idea.”

The immigration service’s general counsel, David Martin, is expected to
provide to Congress on June 22 an approximate schedule of when the agency
thinks it can complete the revocation proceedings, Ms. Florman said.

At that time, the immigration service is also expected to ask for more money
from Congress to hire additional attorneys and clerks to help deal with the
sudden mountain of revocation proceedings.

Of the 4,946 problematic cases that the audit identified, 296 of the
immigrants were convicted felons and 2,507 had lied about their criminal
history and may have had a felony arrest or conviction that would have
disqualified them from citizenship.

The remaining 2,143 will face revocation proceedings because they lied when
asked whether they had ever been arrested. If they had told the truth and
said yes, their offenses would not have disqualified them or threatened
their citizenship.

In addition to this group of nearly 5,000 individuals, the immigration
service has been trying to determine how many of the 180,000 people whose
criminal backgrounds were never properly checked might have been wrongfully

It is much harder to weed out the wrongfully made citizens in this group
because in many cases, their applications were filled out improperly or the
fingerprints that must accompany any application were illegible or missing.

So immigration officials, working with specialists from the accounting firm
KPMG/Peat Marwick, have gone through a painstaking match of each
individual’s name against the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s criminal
data base.

This review turned up 9,100 individuals who had the same name as someone in
the criminal data base. Whether they are one and the same individuals, and
whether their offenses would disqualify them, is still under review.

The auditors are also reviewing the records of 300 newly naturalized
citizens who were arrested on misdemeanors that could result in citizenship
revocation, such as prostitution.

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, 28 May 1997 10:13:42 -0500
From: Fenggang Yang
Subject: Re: CAC List Mail: Q: Asian-American Spiritual Narratives

I’d recommend _People on the Way: Asian North Americans
Discovering Christ, Culture, and Community_ edited by David
Ng,Judson Press, 1996.

the first sentence of the preface says: “This book shares
-stories- about experiences of how Asian North American
Christians identify themselves and are shaped by their rich
Asian religious and cultural heritage.”

I would recommend this book to all people on this CAC list.
Actually, this is probably the only book that addresses
the important questions of identity problems facing Chinese
(or Asian) Christians in North America. Does anyone
has other titles of published books and articles in this
regard? Please share it.


Fenggang Yang, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
University of Houston 713-743-3943 (FAX)
Houston, TX 77204 713-743-3958 (phone)

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To: Multiple recipients of list cac
Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 00:17:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CAC List Mail: CSCO info


The following is a brief description of Christians Supporting Community
Organizing. A revised proclamation has been written. Please let me know if
you’d like a copy. Also, if you’re interested in attending the 4 and 1/2 day
conference in N. Cal., please let me know or contact Marilyn Stranske at the
address below. Thanks! – Tim


Christians Supporting Community Organizing (CSCO)
359 Fox Street; Denver, CO 80223
(303) 860-7747 ext. 134
FAX: (303) 860-1914

CSCO: Vision, Purposes, History, Program and Leadership

CSCO is a new national group of Evangelical and Pentecostal leaders
formed to interest churches in our faith perspectives in “congregation-based
community organizing.” Through this process our congregations can deepen
relationships among their membership and reconnect with people in the
neighborhoods around our churches, creating possibilities for effective
evangelism. Further, congregations learn biblically-based ways to hold
institutions accountable for policies and practices which affect the lives of
their members and their neighbors. By connecting problems the members face in
their everyday lives to their faith, organizing also deepens the faith of the
“When I visit a congregation in my association, I start by talking with
people in a two-block radius of the church, asking them for directions to the
building,” a denominational executive said. “If nobody knows where it is, I
know the congregation is in trouble.”
Often, our churches are in trouble. Often we are out of touch with the
people in their neighborhoods; sometimes we are even out of touch with each
other. Without the church as an effective faith community, many people have
lost meaning in their lives. In many of our churches, members and their
neighbors face multiple pressures on family life. Adults have too many jobs
to be able to devote sufficient time to their children. Children are
spending their days in schools that aren’t working. With both parents away
at work, and no adequate after-school activities, many children are “raised”
by their TVs. Crime, the fear of crime and drugs are ever-present in both
lower-income and middle-class neighborhoods. Millions of Americans are
without health care. The list of these pressures on family life could go on.
Even more important, many families facing these pressures feel they have no
place to turn for support. They feel powerless in the face of principalities
and powers that threaten to overwhelm them. For many of them, the church is
no longer the center of the community; they may not even know where it is.
Congregation-based community organizations are addressing these
difficulties all over the country.
Evangelical and Pentecostal and related faith-perspective leaders have
formed CSCO to promote congregation-based community organizing as a faith and
values-based approach to solving these, and other, problems affecting our
families. By putting congregations back in the center of their communities,
by deeply involving their members and by connecting faith to effective action
in the world, CSCO believes congregation-based community organizing can be a
means to re-establish the lordship of Jesus Christ over all of life. And yet
this approach is unfamiliar to many Evangelical and Pentecostal
The national leadership body now giving direction to CSCO is comprised
of: Dr. Galen Carey, Chicago Area Director, World Relief, Chicago, IL; Dr.
Francis DuBose, Senior Professor of Missiology, Golden Gate Seminary (ret.),
San Francisco, CA; Rev. Ronnie Griffin, Associate Pastor, Mt. Moriah Baptist
Church, Brockton, MA; Dr. Robert Linthicum, Director, Partners in Urban
Transformation, Los Angeles, CA; Bishop George McKinney, St. Stephen’s
Church of God in Christ, San Diego, CA; Rev. Cynthia Smith, Pastor, Radiant
Life Ministries, Pittsburgh, CA; Ms. Janet Furness Spressart, Associate
Professor of Social Work, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY; Dr.
Timothy Tseng, Crozer Assistant Professor of American Religious History,
Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, NY; and Dr. Eldin Villafane,
Professor of Social Ethics and Director of CUTEEP for Gordon-Conwell
Seminary, Boston, MA.
CSCO also believes the Evangelical, Pentecostal and related faith
perspectives have much to contribute to current organizing efforts, as well
as much to gain. Theologically, our parts of the church have a “high reading”
of Scripture and an abiding commitment to the Person and work of Jesus Christ
that informs our faith and our work in the world. The work of CSCO is deeply
rooted in this theology and history. Of our groups, the Black church has
most consistently exercised its voice on behalf of justice, though in some
areas that voice has waned since the days of the Civil Rights movement.
Historically, Evangelicals played major roles in movements to abolish
slavery and end child labor, but by 1920, this history was lost. From the
beginning, Pentecostal work was multi-ethnic and committed to community, but
these commitments also dissipated with time. A major part of this Project’s
work will be to review and restore these histories and theology so that they
can inform a strong commitment on the part of today’s church to social and
economic justice as well as to a strengthening of community. A beginning
step was taken at the Founding Meeting in January, 1997, when a “Proclamation
and Call to the Churches” was adopted.
Other national and regional leaders in the Evangelical, Pentecostal and
other related faith-perspectives are being invited to explore
congregation-based community organizing at CSCO’s national four-day workshop
this fall at the Mission Springs Christian Conference Center near Santa Cruz,
CA. The workshop will begin the evening of September 28th and finish with
lunch on October 2. For more information, please contact Mrs. Marilyn
Stranske, national organizer for the effort, at the address above.

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