Press

WeChat, Wild Rumors and All, is Their Lifeline. Washington May End That, The New York Times

  • "In June, WeChat was set aflame by a viral open letter written by a Chinese-American student at Yale University, who said the Chinese community suffered from “rampant anti-Blackness” and urged Chinese-Americans to vocalize their support for Black Lives Matter."

How Trump’s Attempted WeChat Ban Would Devastate Chinese American Families Like Mine, Vox

  • "...there are groups of Chinese Americans who are actively writing articles to other Chinese Americans on WeChat through initiatives like the WeChat Project, as a way to organize Chinese Americans to vote and support Black Lives Matter."

How Rumors on WeChat and WhatsApp Could Swing the AAPI Vote, The Yappie
Breaking (Fake) News!,
 Fresh Off the Vote

  • "What exactly is “misinformation” and what is being done about it? With our guests from The WeChat Project, we look at a case study of second-generation Asian Americans combating misinformation about Black Lives Matter, racism, and affirmative action. They remind us of the traumas many immigrant parents face and offer tips on how to engage in productive dialogue—that avoid misinformation—on social media."

Can WeChat Be Woke? The Progressive Chinese Americans Countering Right-Wing Narratives, SupChina News

  • "After Huang penned her open letter about George Floyd and the need for Chinese-American solidarity in the fight against racism, she began to form an idea about what to do next. She wanted to amplify the voices of young, like-minded Chinese Americans on WeChat, to 'combat misinformation and harmful narratives that are anti-Black, anti-immigrant, and anti-queer that we see on WeChat all the time.'"

Understanding the Chinese American Right, Lausan

  • "A new project started by progressive Chinese American college students called “The WeChat Project” has also started to challenge the conservative discourse on WeChat."

Liberal Chinese Americans Are Fighting Right-Wing WeChat Disinformation, Foreign Policy

  • "A series of essays written by second-generation Chinese Americans urging their parents to support the movement and responses from the older generation went viral after appearing on Chinese American. In the election season, editors published another series of letters fostering conversations between liberal young Chinese Americans and their parents, who are often conservative."

Interview Feature, Sine Theta Magazine

  • "Lis Chi Siegel interviews [The WeChat Project], an intervention against right-leaning and generally misinformed content on WeChat. [The WeChat Project] speaks about combating anti-Blackness amongst the Sino diaspora and ‘The WeChat Project’ as a potential site of Black and Asian solidarity."

Asian Americans Support for Affirmative Action Increased Since 2016, AAPI Data

  • "New organizations have also emerged to help Asian American communities to better understand affirmative action and to challenge myths and misinformation. For example, the WeChat Project launched when a group of college students mobilized to write essays in English and Chinese to encourage intergenerational dialogue on affirmative action, as well as share information and counter misinformation and fake news."

Activist Spotlight: The WeChat Project, Chinese Historical Society of America

  • "At its core, that’s what the initiative is about—conversation. Its Chinese name, 心声, literally translates to “voices from the heart.” That name, Liu says, reflects The WeChat Project’s emphasis on mutual respect and understanding over didacticism. Such work requires empathizing with the historical traumas both older and younger generations have suffered and how those experiences may impact political affiliations." 

Social media sites often used by Asian Americans have a big problem with right-wing misinformation, Prism 

  • "The mission of The WeChat Project is to fight right-wing misinformation on WeChat, to provide alternative progressive views, and to spark and continue intergenerational conversations on these topics."

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