On December 10, 2019, Bloomberg Businessweek published a comprehensive report titled Mistrust and the Hunt for Spies Among Chinese Americans. It tells the story of a Chinese American Army engineer’s ordeal (Dr. Wei Su) that reflects how the U.S. government’s distrust of China has mutated into distrust of Chinese Americans.
A Bloomberg News analysis of more than 26,000 security clearance decisions for federal contractors since 1996 demonstrates the government’s steep loss of faith in Americans with ties to China. More than three-fifths of applicants who have family or other ties to China are rejected for security clearances to work for government contractors, while two-thirds of applicants with ties to other countries are approved.
The disparate treatment and impact of racial profiling on Chinese American federal employees and contractors by use of security clearance creates discriminatory barriers to their entry of employment and career path, denies Chinese Americans from serving our nation, and continues the insidious stereotyping of "Perpetual Foreigners" in our homeland.
Dr. Wei Su bio
2020/02/20 Congressional letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray
2020/01/31 South China Morning Post Magazine: Suspected of spying for just being Chinese: US government rejects security clearance for Chinese-Americans
2019/12/10 Bloomberg Businessweek: Mistrust and the Hunt for Spies Among Chinese Americans