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July 15, 1997


Rick Rowley

independent filmmaker with Big Noise films.

The Senate’s campaign finance hearings resume today. But with the focus of the hearings on Chinese and Asian American fund-raising activity, and not so subtle references to a supposed Asian influence, the Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Fred Thompson has come under fire for racial stereotyping.

• Karen Narasaki, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium.
• Max Surjadinata, an Asian American pastor serving an African American congregation in Mount Vernon, New York. He is an Indonesian pro-democracy activist.
• Bob Sakinawa, director of the Japanese Amercian Citizen’s League, a civil rights advocacy organization.