Asian Americans, especially Chinese Americans, have been consistent friends of Jews in the United States — and as a minority group that has been a consistent scapegoat throughout history, Jews have a particular obligation to speak out.
Chinese Americans joined Jews for the ensuing “Show Up for Shabbat” campaign organized by AJC, and stood with us in synagogues across the country.
In response to coronavirus-related incidents, 72 Jewish organizations signed a letter expressing our support for the Chinese and Chinese-American communities.
American Jews also recognize that as important as words are, they must be reinforced with action.
Dylan Adelman is Assistant Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Asia Pacific Institute.