In Patti Waldmeir’s article (“WeChat ban deals a blow to America’s ethnic Chinese”, Opinion, September 2) she assumes an American-Chinese citizen would take a pre-determined position with regard to China. Their loyalties lie with country not with ethnic antecedents. This conflation of ethnicity and questionable loyalty is a dangerous old trope.

There are matters more vital: discrimination in admissions to higher education and the use of codes that reinforce stereotypes is one example. Non-recognition of Chinese or Asian achievement is another. Recently, the American Lawyer expressed the view that describing Kamala Harris as black was accurate, seemingly ignoring her Asian ethnicity. Ms Waldmeir should seize on the real issues. After all, if you can’t WeChat, one can, well, simply write a letter.

Seung Chong
Hong Kong

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