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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

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November 7, 2005

Written by C.N.

Latest Spying Allegations

It seems that allegations against Asian Americans for spying are popping up each week. The latest, as reported by the New York Times, involves two four Chinese Americans accused of trying to smuggle secret documents about Navy warship technology to China:

An engineer, a Chinese television director and their wives were indicted on charges of stealing secret documents on American Navy warship technology and trying to smuggle them to China, prosecutors said. The engineer, Chi Mak, a naturalized American citizen from China, was ordered held without bail on Monday, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office.

Also arrested were Mr. Mak’s wife, Rebecca Laiwah Chiu; his brother, Tai Wang Mak; and his sister-in-law, Fuk Heung Li. The four face charges of stealing government property, aiding and abetting, transportation of stolen goods, and conspiracy, Mr. Mrozek said.

Not good. I hope we can remember that theoretically, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Nevertheless, the potential implications of these latest allegations are inevitable — due to the alleged actions of some Asian Americans, all of us are likely to face suspicion about our true loyalties and whether we should be considered “real” Americans.


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