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 New York Times reports that the Justice Department will 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.