Skip to comments.Norman Hsu a Mystery Man Say Chinese Media
Posted on 09/14/2007 6:19:44 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
NEW YORK Revelations about the mysterious life of the Democratic fund raiser Norman Hsu have not only sent shockwaves through the mainstream political world, the Chinese are also left to worry about a possible fallout. Still somewhat new to the American political game and trying to figure out how to participate in the democratic process, Chinese here fear that Hsu is going to cast a shadow over every yellow face who donates to political parties and candidates, opening them up to unprecedented scrutiny.
Hsu made the front page in almost all Chinese media after the Wall Street Journals reporting on his suspicious fundraising record. Compared to the mainstream media that focused more on how Hsu became a Hillraiser and how this saga will affect Hillary Clintons presidential campaign, the Chinese media have been trying to dig out his connection to the community.
But its not been easy. Reporters in Chinese newspapers were only able to determine that Hsus connection to the community was tenuous at best. On the business front, few people in the apparel industry, which Hsu reportedly worked in, know him. On the political front, even active party members know almost nothing about him. As a high powered fundraiser, Hsu seldom attended fundraising events held in his community.
Other than one Chinese language newspaper, which happened upon a photo of him with a community leader, Hsu was a virtual unknown to the Chinese press in the United States.
Even now, after days of extensive media coverage, his background is the subject of debate in the Chinese community. He was born in Hong Kong, but his last name is spelled in typical Taiwanese style. In fact, despite their painstaking efforts, the Chinese media in the United States didnt get Hsus Chinese name until local media in Hong Kong found it through public registration records. And another talking point among reporters is the source of Hsus money and whether hes backed up by the governments of any Asian countries. But for want of sufficient evidence no stories have explored this.
The Chinese media also reviewed the fundraising records of Chinese American politicians and found some of them did get donations from Hsu. But nothing suggests that they received more than other politicians to whom he gave.
One thing is certain. Politicians, including those contending to be presidential candidates, are likely to examine the source of their funding more carefully than ever before. Already, many have returned money from Hsu and said they will look for other such hidden time bombs.
It harkens some previous cases in which Asian donors were found crossing the line. These cases are also enumerated in stories in the Chinese media, as the community worries it might be targeted unfairly as has happened before.
Undoubtedly, Hsus case will affect the reputation of the Chinese community, said Johnson Lee, chief consultant of the Chinese American Voters Association. And I wont be surprised if Chinese donors are watched more closely than other people. If that happens, it could hurt the feelings of our donors and some of them may stop donating.
Compared to other minority groups, Chinese Americans participation in the political world doesnt go back too long. In New York, a city where Chinese make up 4 percent of the entire population, the community didnt have its first elected official until 2001. As for fundraising, major contributions from Chinese donors have only become visible since the 1992 presidential election. But such new immigrants as those represented by people who were originally smuggled to this country from Fujian, a coastal province of China, didnt participate until 2000.
More and more politicians have realized the dollar and ballot power of these new immigrants. Major candidates started to woo the community in recent years. New Yorks Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer raked in $80,000 from a fundraising event hosted by Fujianese organizations. Hillary Clinton collected $400,000 at another event.
We get more and more citizens now, and people also realize their donations and their votes do count. Its sometimes the only way to get their voices to be heard by decision makers, said Jimmy Cheng, vice president of the United Fujianese American Association.
I hope mainstream society realizes that many of us work very hard to make our money and make small donations of $10, $15 to the candidates we think can represent our interests. The last thing I want to see is these law abiding donors suffer because of one individual case.
There is no sign yet that Asian donors have already been singled out for scrutiny, but these concerns may not be unfounded. When John Huang, former fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, was associated with illegal contributions, the DNC called its Asian-American donors to enquire about personal information including their citizenship, income and employment.
Chinese Americans have never been treated as Americans, said New York council member John Liu.
Whether we like to admit it or not, race does still play a role in these situations. The best we can hope for from the Hsu affair is that it doesnt lead to a witch hunt as happened in the Huang case.
It doesn’t take long for the race card to be played, even in cases of illegal campaign contributions.
And you are right, just for frosting on the cake, they played the race card. An old and reliable card.
Chinese here fear that Hsu is going to cast a shadow over every yellow face who donates
When was the last time any Asian was referred to as “yellow”?
Good point. I haven’t heard that epithet in at least four decades.
Damage Control Manual, Page 211, para. 3.
That thought never occurred to me. My thinking was along the old fashion, established Clinton shenanigans of contributions from the Red China Communist Party and armed forces (PLA).
If the Chinese community is going to start screaming "racism!" "Asian bashing!" then the screamers can go to hell. Most likely they'll be Hillary's shills and toadies anyway.
Did Wen Ho Lee ever live up to his agreement with the US DOJ? (Yes, I know Lee did not involve contributions but he did have an agreement to assist authorities find those tapes he admitted he had. Talk about screaming "racism!" "Asian bashing!" you can still hear echoes of the coast-to-coast screaming from the Lee case.)
How insensitive of you. They are undocumented campaign contributions just trying to do the job American dollars don't want to do.
"Talking point among reporters"? Gimme a break. The MSM reporters wanted to "move on" as soon as they realized this story might hurt their beloved dems...
Oh come on. The PLA has been buying American Politicians for well over a decade.
New? The Chinese have been here for centuries. Why would "yellow faces" be concerned about donating their own money to campaigns? If you're a "yellow faced" crook, then yeah maybe some concern.
This is the only piece of new information from the article:
>>He was born in Hong Kong, but his last name is spelled in typical Taiwanese style.
The rest is whining. But it’s instructive in its clear effort to paint this as unfair targeting of Asians....who, by the way, only started donating in number in 1992, the author notes, apparently clueless as to the import of that factoid.
I’m still betting he’s NOT a CITIZEN!
From the Sept. 7 San Jose Mercury News: The FBI said it got help in the high-profile bust from Grand Junction police, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service.
The State Dept. Diplomatic Security Service is equally intriguing. These guys didn't just happen to be between assignments in Grand Junction Colorado and offer to lend a hand.
What the heck is the US Dept of Diplomatic Security Service?? And WHAT does “Diplomatic” anything have to do with HSU? hmmmmmmm.
The clinton Chinese Mafia War Room is working OT on this Whitewater.
Pray for W and Our Troops
From the State Department’s Diplomatic Security website:
“The DS Criminal Investigative Division conducts criminal investigations into violations of passport and visa fraud. These federal felonies are often committed in connection with more serious crimes, such as international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, organized crime, alien smuggling, money laundering, pedophilia, and murder. These investigations are critical to the Presidents efforts to secure American borders and protect the national security of the United States...”
WOW!!!! He probably DEFINITELY is NOT a CITIZEN!!! AND a MONEY LAUNDERER with Hillary being the LAUNDRESS!!
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