A Statement Denouncing Chen’s Baseless and Divisive Support for a Declared Chinese Propaganda Program  

Our communities are appalled by Jay Chen’s reckless support of Confucius Institutes—by its scale, its brashness, and its utter lack of decency. 

In California’s 45th Congressional District, you see a lot of signs that say “Vote for Michelle! Down With Communism!” or  “Jay Chen is China’s Choice” because we are committed to highlighting Jay Chen’s support for Communist China’s propaganda programs. 

We didn’t expect this kind of modern-day support for communism to dominate this election. Nor did we expect this commitment to a Pro-China, communist education program to be a campaign strategy embraced by a congressional candidate, who is himself a Taiwanese American.

Make no mistake. Democrats, Republicans, and independents have denounced Confucius Institutes as Communist propaganda. What the Chen campaign supports harms and poisons America’s place in the world by shamelessly suggesting that Chinese propaganda belongs in our schools. 

This is a dangerous and reckless tactic that goes far beyond campaign rhetoric in a time when China is desperately trying to cover up human rights abuses and declare Taiwan and Tibet indisputably belong to Mainland China. It must stop and it must stop now!

We demand candidate Chen denounce and retract any and all support for Confucius Institutes and Communist China

We demand candidate Chen apologize to the entire AAPI community and all Americans for supporting such communist propaganda.

We must send Chen and any other politician who supports Communist China’s propaganda programs a clear message and warning—America will no longer tolerate any support for communist China. Know that as a community we will hold you accountable for your actions.

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