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OCA is Concerned With Rise in Xenophobic Language on Campaign Trail

Monday, August 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
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1 August 2016


CONTACT:  Nick Lee | Communications Associate


202 223 5500 |


WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is concerned with the rise in xenophobic language used on the campaign trail.


In the past few weeks, several individuals in San Francisco have expressed their discontent with local politics in xenophobic terms. Statements including “mayor pork bun” and “go back to China” have been used to denigrate political opponents because of their ethnic background.


“Hateful language like that used in San Francisco in the past few weeks has become a common fixture of this election,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “In particular, national security issues with the Chinese government have spawned a series of racialized incidents this campaign season, including the insensitive Ohio ‘fortune cookie’ ads and the xenophobic Missouri TV ads. As America becomes more diverse, it is more important than ever to avoid xenophobia and discrimination based on national origin. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders must hold public figures accountable and help inform the dialogue so that we do not become a punchline for a demeaning, racialized joke.”


OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).


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