US-ABC Applauds Bipartisan Passage of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in U.S. Senate

The US-ASEAN Business Council commends the United States Senate on passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on a bipartisan vote. Introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the bill aims to combat the recent surge of violence and harassment towards Asians and Asian-Americans, which the Council strongly condemns, by directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expedite the review of COVID-19 hate crimes.

“Xenophobia has no place in our democracy. As an organization committed to fostering understanding, goodwill and meaningful relations between the U.S. and Southeast Asia, we stand in solidarity with over 7 million Americans who identify as ethnically Southeast Asian,” said Alexander Feldman, Chairman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “How we treat violence against Asian-Americans at home impacts our relationships and interests in Asia. We thank Senator Hirono for her leadership on this issue, and we look forward to the House of Representatives passing this legislation and sending it to President Biden’s desk.”

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For over 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.