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Congressman Andy Kim of New Jersey says when he was a State Department official, the department banned him from working on issues involving the Korean Peninsula even though he is of Korean descent. Other Asian-Americans, in and out of government, are telling their stories now too.

  • Evanna Hu, Partner and CEO at Omelas, started a group for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in national security, and they are spreading awareness about challenges faced by this community, including intensified ethnic profiling in the past two years with COVID-19 and the Great Power Competition.
  • Hu said she and her colleagues are advocating for policy changes that reflect that diversity is mission-critical and that would address issues like asylum restrictions and ethnic profiling in the security clearance process; they also aim to bring back the Lodge-Philbin Act.
  • Hu’s group will continue to work with diversity task forces at agencies and are interested in working with mid-level management in each department to try to drive cultural change.
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