07 February 2008

Offending head honchos of an ethnic community...

can have deadly consequences.

The article below, from San Francisco Chronicle a week ago, states that a reporter for a Vietnamese-language newspaper was killed for being supportive of the Communist government of Vietnam, and that a reporter for a Chinese-language newspaper was killed by the Taiwanese government's hit men for exposing the Nationalists' corruption. These two killings have helped make ethnic journalism one of the most dangerous jobs in the US.

McCarthyism is alive and well in the Vietnamese and Chinese (and Korean too) communities across the US, and being seen as a sympathizer of communism (or left-wing political parties in general, such as Taiwan's pro-LGBT Democratic Progressives and South Korea's New United Democrats) can be deadly.

Perhaps the only silver lining is that for the Chinese-speaking community, rabid hatred of anything resembling communism has *not* translated into blind support of the Republican neoliberal and neoconservative agenda.