2012 will be a year of opportunity for the Committee of 100 to bring our unique perspective as Chinese Americans to the debates about U.S. policy on China that will abound this election year. As we gear up our Washington D.C. Initiative to engage with the Administration and Congress on China policy and Asian American issues, we are also planning an opinion survey that will reveal how Chinese see America and how Americans view China.
This mirror survey will be released at next April’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles and updates our 2007 poll, Hope and Fear: American and Chinese Attitudes Toward Each Other. You’ll learn more about the survey in upcoming issues of Committee Bridges.
In this September newsletter, you’ll find stories on a variety of issues that the Committee has championed over the years. As a member of the Steering Committee of the 1882 Project, we are pleased to announce the introduction of an important Congressional Resolution to express the regret of the U.S. Congress for the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Laws, which aimed to prohibit Chinese laborers from immigrating to the U.S. from 1870 to 1943. This bi-partisan resolution is a strong statement opposing discrimination against all races and also points to the contributions of Chinese Americans in building the United States. And, we are proud that our former member, Gary Locke, is now the first Chinese American to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China. Also, we note that Edward Chen has been confirmed as U.S. District Court Judge (Northern District of California), and Goodwin Liu has been nominated to the California Supreme Court.
Other stories in this issue cover the innovative C-100 mentoring program for young professionals inaugurated in Southern California, our role in the eye-opening China Week series on the PBS Tavis Smiley Show, and three topical roundtables at the Committee’s 2011 Annual Conference.
Finally, I hope you will join us at the Fourth Greater China Conference in Hong Kong. The theme is “Common Ground: Building Trust for a New Era,” with the gala and conference taking place December 4-5 at the Island Shangri-La hotel.