Join the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) on Thursday, May 5, for a special presentation by attorney Brian Sun about Chinese American scientists facing FBI investigations and federal prosecutions for economic espionage. Is the Justice Department engaged in the racial profiling of Asian American citizens? How should the Asian American community respond?
The failed criminal prosecution of Chinese American Professor Xiaoxing Xi at Temple University and the firing of National Weather Service employee Sherry Chen raise serious questions about the civil liberties of all Americans. An article in today’s New York Times reports that the Justice Department wlll assert greater oversight over national security cases. But will a growing number of Chinese American scientists, government employees, and tech professionals still be targeted for investigations?
Brian Sun, a partner at Jones Day, AALDEF 2001 Justice in Action Award recipient, and member of Committee of 100, will speak about the historical context of recent cases and the current political climate that has unfairly placed Chinese American scientists under a cloud of suspicion. Mr. Sun was on the legal team representing Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, who was falsely accused of being a Chinese spy and received a federal judge’s apology based on the government’s misconduct.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Place: Jones Day, 221 East 41 Street (between 2d and 3d Aves.), New York City
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.966.5932 by Wednesday, May 4.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.