November 18, 2022

Volume 2, Issue 23

Dear Friends,

Happy Native American Heritage Month!

Climate change is in the news as as countries gather for COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference. Did you know that China and the U.S. are the top two emitters of greenhouse gasses? Check out our Spotlight section below to learn more about climate change in our new video launching today

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Why are Chinese and Americans the Key to Life on Planet Earth? We explore the impact these two countries have on climate change in our new video launching today on our YouTube channel. (Graphic: 2019 World Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EDGAR: Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research v6.0. Map by Pavan Gowda.)


How will we chase climate solutions?

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang


Every summer, my son, who we all call Little Brother, and I make a trip to Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. When he was little, he called it the fish museum. He talked to the lifesize plexiglass sea turtle for years, thinking it was real, and he partied with the fish in the big aquarium at their birthday celebrations. In recent years, we watched a haunting documentary film, Chasing Coral, that shows how quickly and dramatically the coral reefs are dying, and we try to do our part, from changing sunscreens to learning more about coral reef seeding projects. Little Brother has also tried to create solutions in his school engineering projects. 

And we are inspired when we learn about people like Wei-Tai Kwok who, after watching another documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, quit a 20-year career in advertising to find a job in solar to be part of the climate solution

These past two weeks, we have been watching the world gather for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, being held in Egypt. China is the largest current emitter of annual global emissions at 27 percent, and the U.S. is the largest historical emitter and second largest current emitter of annual global emissions at 11 percent. India is third at 6.6 percent, and all 27 nations in the European Union together are fourth at 6.4 percent. So China and the U.S. are key to finding solutions.

“The U.S. being the biggest historical emitter and China being the biggest emitter now, if they come together and say that we are going to be working in harmony, it is going to send a very positive signal. And we need such a signal because we are in a very bleak scenario,” said Harjeet Singh, head of global political strategy at Climate Action Network. “Time is ticking away, and such partnerships are going to encourage others to do more and actually tackle the climate crisis.”

Meanwhile, countries and communities most impacted by the harmful effects of climate change continue to call for solutions for a problem they did not cause but disproportionately impacts them. 

President Biden outlined U.S. actions at COP27 last week, and when Biden and President Xi met at the G20 summit in Indonesia this week, they agreed to work together on climate change and other issues.  

In other news, Sherry Chen, a Chinese American hydrologist in Ohio who was wrongfully accused of espionage, won a $1.8 million settlement from the U.S. Department of Commerce for her wrongful prosecution and termination after ten years of fighting to clear her name and get her job back.

“America is harmed, not helped, when scientists of Chinese or Asian descent are falsely accused of wrongdoing without adequate evidence or protection,” said Zhengyu Huang, President of Committee of 100. “Even when acquitted, many lose their financial safety and careers – just like what Sherry Chen has experienced. We are extremely pleased for Sherry and her family for the vindication, but there is still much work to be done in support of other scientists of Chinese or Asian descent who are wrongfully accused.”



Climate change is an issue in the upcoming November 20 election for Nepal’s House of Representatives. Photo taken by board member Lisa Hsu in Kathmandu on November 12, 2022. Check out New Asian American Voices this month for profiles of some U.S. climate activists.


Curated News

New legislation to provide relief to Southeast Asian refugees facing deportation | Joysauce  The Southeast Asian Deportation Relief Act (SEADRA) would limit the Department of Homeland Security's ability to detain and deport individuals from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

4 takeaways from President Biden's 'very blunt' meeting with China's Xi Jinping| NPR  Biden said he and Xi were "very blunt with one another" at a G20 talk. Xi, according to his spokesperson, viewed the meeting as "in-depth, candid, and constructive."

Chinese Tesla competitor unveils plans for flying car | NPR  "Driven by our vision of 'tech for the greater good' and customers' evolving demands, we continue to reach technical breakthroughs and set new industry benchmarks," Xpeng chairman and CEO, He Xiaopeng, said.

Asian Americans have some of the highest levels of support for abortion rights — and it's driving them to vote | NBC News  “When Roe v. Wade was overturned, I remember you could hear this eerie silence for women, especially immigrant women, across the United States,” one voter said. "So that’s what’s really driving me to the polls."

Aruna Miller makes history as first South Asian woman elected lieutenant governor in U.S. | NBC News  “Ever since I came to this country in 1972, I’ve never stopped being excited for the promise of America. I will never stop fighting to make sure that promise is available to everyone.”

In L.A., Kenneth Mejia is the 1st Asian American to hold citywide office and 1st Filipino elected official | NBC News  He got there, in part, with TikToks and corgis.

Meet the 23-year-old Indian American who flipped a Republican Illinois district | NBC News  Nabeela Syed will be the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly come January.

New play puts phở center-stage in a centuries-long cultural appropriation debate | SF Chronicle Datebook  On one downtown Berkeley block, phở is both dinner and theater for two Chronicle critics. “Colonialism Is Terrible, But Pho Is Delicious”: Written by Dustin Chinn. Directed by Oanh Nguyen. Through December 4. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. 

Hogan calls Trump’s attack on Youngkin ‘racist’ and ‘Asian hate’ | The Hill  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Sunday called Trump’s recent attack on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) “racist” and “Asian hate against a white governor.”




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