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Mission of the
U.S./China Media
and Communications
Program at UCLA

Our mission is to create, promote, and disseminate a more balanced understanding of the interrelationship of the countries, peoples, and cultures of the United States and China through the tools of mass communication and public education.

Four strategic areas make up the U.S.-China Media and Communications Program, housed at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Experts Exchange: Judy Chu
Judy Chu
Congresswoman, 32nd. District, California

Dr. Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Representative of California's 32nd District in July 2009. Previously, she was elected to the California State Board of Equalization in November 2006. Before joining the State Board of Equalization, Dr. Chu served three terms as a State Assembly Member for the 49th District in the West San Gabriel Valley from 2001 to 2006.

Prior to the State Assembly, Dr. Chu served on the Monterey Park City Council for thirteen years from 1988 to 2001, and served as Mayor three times. She began her career in public service as a Board Member of the Garvey School District from 1985 to 1988.

Dr. Chu has been dedicated to education for decades, and was a community college professor of psychology for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a B.A. in mathematics.

 

What is the connection between how the U.S. media views China -- and how it views Chinese Americans?


[keywords: perpetual foreigner, Michelle Kwan, Wen Ho Lee, media biases]

Chinese Americans have always had to face the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype by the U.S. media. This is a stereotype in which it doesn’t matter how long the Chinese American has been in this country, or how many generations, the Chinese American is seen as really being loyal to China.

When Matt Fong, who was then California State Treasurer and a fourth generation Californian, was running for U.S. Senate in 1998, he was asked by reporters which country he would support if war broke out between China and the U.S. When Tara Lipinski won the Olympic Gold Medal over Michelle Kwan in the 1998 Olympics, MSNBC wrote the headlines, “American beats Kwan.”

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