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OCA Strongly Condemns Xenophobic Missouri Political Ads

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates strongly
condemns the series of xenophobic political advertisements in Missouri’s
attorney general electoral race.

One advertisement, paid for by Tea Party Patriots, shows two businessmen
speaking in Mandarin about how state Senator Kurt Schaefer has helped them
purchase Missouri farmland. The ad ends with a photo of Senator Schaefer
against a Chinese flag and a request to “Tell Kurt Schaefer: Stop Helping the
Chinese Buy Our Farms”. Another advertisement uses anti-Muslim rhetoric and
imagery to defame Professor Josh Hawley, Schaefer’s opponent.

“There is no place for racist, xenophobic, or anti-Muslim rhetoric in politics,”
said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “We have seen time and again
how political rhetoric has demonized AAPI communities or more importantly,
associated our communities with anti-American values. We echo the words of
the OCA – St. Louis Chapter President, Caroline Fan, in that this political
advertisement villainizes Chinese businessmen and capitalizes on the “Yellow
Peril” stereotype in order to elicit fear from Missouri voters. It is unconscionable
for political groups and politicians to insight fear for their own gain. We call on
them to pull these ads and to conduct themselves in a manner reflective of our
country’s democracy.”
The OCA – St. Louis Chapter and other local Asian Pacific American
organizations have also publicly condemned the ads.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of
community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic
well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).
VIETNAMESE
ENTREPRENEUR WINS
PRESTIGIOUS BUSINESS
AWARD, PART OF UNCTAD 14

Nairobi, Kenya -- A woman
entrepreneur from Viet Nam
received gold at the
EMPRETEC Women in
Business Awards 2016 recently
in recognition of her business
success, one of 100 women
nominated for the awards.
The awards honor women
from developing countries,
and countries with economies
in transition, who have
founded successful firms,
created jobs, and become
role models in their
communities. And all
nominees are graduates of
UNCTAD's EMPRETEC
program, an entrepreneurship
initiative offering training in
37 countries and administered
by UNCTAD and national
partners.
Tran Thi Viet runs Viet Trang
Handicraft, which specializes
in basket-woven goods using
seagrass, jute, water hyacinth,
corn leaves, banana leaves,
and bamboo. From a small
start the company now exports
goods to the European Union
worth more than $100 million
and employs 250 weavers
preserving the traditional
weaving culture of Ms. Tran's
region.