STATEMENT: Bob Beckel Must Resign and Apologize

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To Fox News,

On the evening of Thursday, July 10th, during a segment of “The Five”, host Bob Beckel called the Chinese “the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S.” and said, “As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen, err, Chinese people, how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.” He went on to say “So, China..” and made a punching motion with an arm gesture that means “F*** You.”, thereby insulting 20 percent of the world’s population. Later in the segment, he says, “Doesn’t anybody worry about these people? There’s billions of ‘em. And all they do is hack into our stuff, they send us cheap toys, all of which got lead in ‘em and they’re killing kids.”

Beckel made similar remarks last year when he said of himself after going swimming his “eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental.”, and even said that we should restrict Chinese student immigration to the US “‘cause Chinese students are brought here, taught computers, go back home and hack us.”

Xenophobic and racist sentiments such as these promote misunderstanding and hatred, and are what led to the murder of Vincent Chin, as well as bullying and threats towards Asian Pacific Islander Americans today. While we applaud Mr. Beckel’s concerns regarding child product safety and our nation’s cyber-security, the pejorative terms ‘Chinamen’ and ‘Oriental’, which bring us back to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, when Chinese in this country were the only ethnic group barred from citizenship, are not only outdated, but deeply offensive. Also, the assumption that all those of Chinese descent are guilty until proven innocent is un-American, and the exact kind of thinking that led our government to force more than 100,000 loyal Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II.

Albert Wang, Bay Area chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association said: “Chinese-Americans play a pivotal role in the development of U.S. advanced technology, making up half of Silicon Valley’s scientists and engineers. They were deeply hurt by Beckel’s words.”

As an Asian American Greek organization that seeks to combat racism and spread cultural awareness, we join Congressmembers Mike Honda and Judy Chu, State Senator Ted Lieu, and other Asian American organizations to call for Mr. Beckel’s resignation and apology.

Andrew Kayserian
National President
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc.

07.24.2014 Beckel Statement_Signed

Pvt Danny Chen Candlelight Vigil 10/3/2013

10.3.2013 Danny Chen Vigil Event Flyer

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, the brothers of the Baruch Colony of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity joined the parents of the late Private Danny Chen of the US Army, the New York chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA-NY), New York City Comptroller John Liu, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin in front of for a candlelight vigil commemorating Danny Chen’s death.


The Chinese American killed himself from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in Afghanistan after being hazed and racially taunted by his fellow soldiers.

His case has become a rallying point for many in the Asian American community. Eight soldiers faced court martial in the case and received various punishments including dismissal from the Army and ten months in prison.

In interviews with reporters, brothers said that they were surprised to realize that many of them had attended the same schools as Danny while growing up in New York City, and pledged to fight for legislation and programs such as cultural sensitivity and awareness education in the armed forces and police so that an incident like Danny Chen does not happen again.

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Brothers of Mu Chapter in Dragon Boat Race

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On May 27th, 2013, the Brothers of The Mu Chapter competed in the Dragon Boat Race for their second consecutive year.  Yixi Kevin Lu, Brother SPIT #38 of Spring 2006, spearheaded a team of 23 Brothers.  Hosted annually by the Asian Festival of Columbus, Ohio, this race consists of 20 paddlers, a steersman, a drumming pacesetter, and a 250 meter burst of teamwork, cohesion, and synchrony.  After days of practice, these Brothers competed against a roster of 17 teams.  In pursuit of cultural awareness, community involvement, and Brother Unity from neophytes to Winter 2001 alumni, the Mu Chapter placed 2nd in the open division.  AY.

Pi Delta Psi Becomes Community Partner for CAPAL APA Ball

Pi Delta Psi Nationals will be attending and supporting The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership’s (CAPAL) Second Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Ball on Thursday, May 9th, 2013.

CAPAL Ball Flyer

Speakers include:

Brian Yang, Actor and Producer, Evan Low, Mayor of City of Campbell, California, Doua Thor, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Center (SEARAC), and Gene Kim, Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Please join us!

Nationals has also decided to subsidize the FIRST 20 tickets to a rate of $25/ticket. Please buy tickets soon if you would like to purchase at that rate. After the first 20 tickets are sold, you can STILL purchase tickets via our Community Partner rate at $49/ticket. Please email Vigor Lam  (Subject Line: CAPAL APA Ball Tickets) to inquire. Thanks! See you all there!

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Brothers Speak at APIA Presidential Town Hall

There has been only one sustained project involving direct collaboration between national Asian American fraternities and sororities. That project, born out of a partnership between advocacy group APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American) Vote and the National APIA PanhellenicAssociation (NAPA), is Project Five Percent.The project aims to highlight APIA issues in national politics by registering APIA youth to vote. The hope is that higher Asian American voter turnout would sway candidates to cater to the issues of our community.

Pi Delta Psi has consistently been at the forefront of this project, and youth civic engagement efforts in general. In 2008, Pi Delta Psi brothers held three of the eight positions in Project Five Percent’s National Planning Board, including that of Board Director. In July of 2012, four youth leaders representing the Asian American collegiate community spoke at the APIA Presidential Town hall in front of thousands of community leaders and members of Congress; of the four, two are Pi Delta Psi brothers. Brothers William Xu from the Rochester Institute of Technology represented NAPA, and Vigor Lam from Ohio State University represented the Midwest Asian American Student Union.

Such accomplishments are evidence of Pi Delta Psi’s unparalleled commitment to cultural excellence. Our organization recognizes that Asian American awareness must go beyond campus organizing, to community organizing. It also means educating brothers on issues like how Asian Americans are least likely of all minorities to vote, and to actively address such issues through the passion and commitment of the membership. It is through such efforts that our brothers develop organizational and leadership skills. It is with these initiatives that we create our identity as a brotherhood.

Nu Chapter hosts cultural food event

With Cultural Awareness as one of the core pillars of Pi Delta Psi, Nu Chapter has always sought ways to increase Asian American awareness on campus. One of the staple events that the brothers at CMU have done since their establishment is the Iron Chef competition. This year was their 8th annual competition, with the secret ingredient being corn. Participation from the Greek community improved immensely from last year, and the audience was lively. Nu Chapter had a sponsorship from Hokkaido, which allowed them to provide a buffet table that welcomed more guests at the event event. They were even able to create the dramatic effect of misty fog flowing off the secret ingredients table thanks to the use of dry ice.

In the absence of the annual Dragon Boating event, a new event was created: Spicy Food Night. In this event, participants and introduced to the different spicy dishes from Asia. This event was as successful as our Iron Chef competition, if not more.

The event had a huge audience and a huge buffet in the back to accompany them. For the entertainment, Nu Chapter had a spicy food contest, where each level would increase in hotness. They encouraged everyone to enter the contest, and even created custom shirts for them to don while trying to accomplish the task. The audience watched as contestants struggle to stay within the competition. The brothers can even proudly admit to causing severe pain for those who made it to the last level. Nu Chapter hopes to make this another annual event. In addition to these annual events, Nu Chapter has continued to participate in other events such as Culture Night and ARCC’s Night Market.

Pi Delta Psi at CMU also has a long history of giving back to the community, and this year it hasn’t changed. The chapter participated in events such as Relay for Life, 1000Plus, Donut Dash, Pray for Japan, and Greek Sing. Whether it be cleaning up the earth or donating to important causes, one thing is sure: No matter the event, Pi Delta Psi will always continue to do its best to give to the community.