Asian American Scholar Forum Denounces Racist Remarks Against Rep Judy Chu

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March 3, 2023

Media Contact: Mary Tablante, Asian American Scholar Forum,

Washington, D.C.— Rep. Lance Gooden (TX) recently questioned Rep. Judy Chu’s (CA) loyalty to the United States. In an interview with Fox News, Gooden suggested Chu should not have a security clearance or access to classified briefings. 

Asian American Scholar Forum condemns Gooden’s statements as an example of anti-Asian bias and sentiment.  

Gisela Perez Kusakawa, AASF Executive Director, issues the following statement:

“We stand with Rep. Judy Chu who is a true American and public servant serving the country every day. Asian Americans are no stranger to the pain of being seen as foreign and suspicious despite living and contributing to the United States for centuries. As an organization that supports and advances the Asian American scholar and scientific community, we will work every day to educate around the harms of xenophobia and racism. We thank the majority of members of Congress for defending Rep. Chu as they set an example of what true leadership looks like.” 


Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) promotes academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all and represents more than 7,000 scientists, researchers, and scholars in the U.S.. In response to heightened anti-Asian sentiments in the U.S. and increasing profiling of Chinese Americans and immigrants in science, AASF has been a leading national voice fighting for the rights of Asian American and immigrant scientists, researchers, and scholars.