At least two journalists, who previously worked for China’s state-controlled media, came to the country as visiting students. They later became organizers of a progressive activist group that is behind the movement “Stop AAPI Hate,” which runs outreach events in an effort to shape the political views of first-generation Chinese-American immigrants who are living in California.
Some describe “Stop AAPI Hate” as a nonprofit that had begun aggregating incidents of hate targeted against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Most of these incidents had begun after a virus that originated in China started spreading worldwide. However, according to an investigation done by Daily Wire, the group actually has ties to longstanding far-left groups that some say go against the interest of Asians. These ties include those to Chinese for Affirmative Action, which is also Stop AAPI Hate’s fiscal sponsor.
CAA, which is based in San Fransisco, has previously advocated affirmative actions in connection to school admissions, which is a policy that affects the number of Asian students in universities.
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Wenyuan Wu, who served as the executive director of the “No on Prop 16” campaign, said CAA as a group that aims to “affirmative action” based on race. According to Wu, the group served as a frontrunner in last year’s push to reinstate racial preferences in the state of California.
Some of the members of the group include Terry Cui and Jinzia Niu. These two are Chinese citizens with obvious ties to the Chinese Communist Party, as per Wu. She also said she has “extensive experience” in dealing with the said people.
Also according to her, both Cui and Niu have played important roles in attempting to influence the Asian-American vote in California via WeChat, a popular messaging and social media service among Asians.
Stop AAPI Hate, CAA’s Ties to Chinese State Media
More than 50% of the immigrants who arrived last year in California hail from Asia. This is according to recent data from the Public Policy Institute of California.
Currently, Niu is described on CAA’s website as the “Chinese Digital Engagement Program Manager. She was also described as a “Chinese Language Media Specialist.”
According to her LinkedIn page, she came to northern California as a Stanford University visiting scholar in 2017. She previously worked as a journalist with Zhejiang Daily Press Group Co., Ltd., a “state-owned newspaper conglomerate” for four years. Prior to this, her page also mentioned that she worked for 20 months with Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation. It’s another broadcasting company controlled by the state.
Meanwhile, Cui’s name is no longer found on CAA’s website. However, a LinkedIn page with his name says he began working for CAA in the summer of last year. There, he served as a Chinese Digital Engagement Organizer.
Cui reportedly came to the US to take part in a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in Journalism program. The said program took place at Arizona State University.
His fellowship bio reveals that Cui had spent seven years working for China Central Television, which is Beijing’s state broadcaster.