For Immediate Release
November 3, 2017
Livingston, New Jersey: The Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) has issued the following statement, strongly denouncing the racist campaign mailers recently sent out during Edison’s (NJ) Board of Education campaign.
As an Asian American organization that champions equal rights for all Americans, we are totally shocked and disgusted by the hateful mailers happened during Edison Board of Education election. They targeted two Asian American candidates and put a “Deport” stamp beneath their pictures. This kind of hate speech should have no space in our democratic process and should be investigated thoroughly.
AACE President, Mr. YuKong Zhao, who writes extensively on Asian Americans’ contributions to American society, said: “Asian Americans are proud members of American society. Most of us immigrated to America to support American science, education, and high-tech industries. We are a major contributor to American ingenuity and economic prosperity. Mr. Shi and Ms. Patel’s participation in school board election illustrates their great hearts to serve the local community, and to share proven Asian American education experiences to help children of all racial backgrounds. Their patriotism and spirit of citizenship should not be viciously attacked and intimidated!”
Asian American Coalition for Education
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chunyan Li, firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 641-9011.
About the AACE
The Asian American Coalition for Education (“AACE”) is a non-political, non-profit, national organization devoted to promoting equal rights for Asian-Americans in education and education-related activities. It is a grass-roots organization established by Asian-American parents. In May 2015, the founders of AACE united more than 60 Asian-American organizations to file a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Department of Education regarding Harvard University’s discriminatory treatment of Asian American applicants. It was one of the largest joint actions ever taken by Asian American organizations in pursuit of equal education rights.