Why the Chinese Diaspora Supports the Proud Boys

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Greater numbers of Chinese Americans and other expatriates from the motherland have embraced far-right groups like the Proud Boys because they fear Antifa and Black Lives Matter want to create a communist dictatorship in America.

Chinese Americans and expats from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong donated about $ 86,000 as part of a crowdfunding effort to help Proud Boys pay for medical expenses after members of the group were stabbed in Washington, DC last December.

Several Proud Boys members were injured in clashes with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters in Washington, DC on Dec. 12.

According to USA Today, a fundraising campaign for the Proud Boys was run through a crowdfunding site called GiveSendGo, which bills itself as the ‘number one free Christian crowdfunding site’.

Members of the Proud Boys can be seen above in Washington, DC on Nov. 14.  According to hacked data, the group has received support from a small but noisy minority of Chinese-Americans and expatriates from China.

Members of the Proud Boys can be seen above in Washington, DC on Nov. 14. According to hacked data, the group has received support from a small but noisy minority of Chinese-Americans and expatriates from China.

A group of vocal Chinese-Americans support Proud Boys and its leader, Enrique Tarrio, as well as conspiracy theories Alex Jones as they see them protecting America from a potential takeover by Black Lives Matter and Antifa.  Tarrio and Jones are seen left and second from left on Nov. 14 in Washington, DC

A group of vocal Chinese-Americans support Proud Boys and its leader, Enrique Tarrio, as well as conspiracy theories Alex Jones as they see them protecting America from a potential takeover by Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Tarrio and Jones are seen left and second from left on November 14 in Washington, DC

A fundraising campaign was held for the Proud Boys through a crowdfunding site called GiveSendGo, which bills itself as the 'number one free Christian crowdfunding site'.  Chinese-Americans and Chinese expats donated 80 percent of the money raised

A fundraising campaign was held for the Proud Boys through a crowdfunding site called GiveSendGo, which bills itself as the ‘number one free Christian crowdfunding site’. Chinese-Americans and Chinese expats donated 80 percent of the money raised

A minority of Chinese expats have also expressed support for former President Donald Trump (seen above Jan. 12 in Alamo, Texas)

A minority of Chinese expats have also expressed support for former President Donald Trump (seen above Jan. 12 in Alamo, Texas)

In total, the crowdfunding effort brought in $ 106,107. According to hacked data from GiveSendGo posted on the whistleblower site Distributed Denial of Secrets, more than 80 percent of donations came from Chinese expats.

“You are the real heroes and patriots!” Janice Wang wrote after she donated $ 100.

“Thank you for your courage to fight for our freedom !!” Ao Liu wrote after donating $ 30.

Thank you, proud guys. You are my heroes, ”wrote Nancy Chang, who sent $ 300 to the group on January 5 – a day before members of the Proud Boys helped storm the Capitol.

DC: A member of the Proud Boys is being treated after being stabbed by an anti-Trump protester on Dec. 12.  Proud Boys has raised more than $ 106,000 to cover medical expenses

DC: A member of the Proud Boys is being treated after being stabbed by an anti-Trump protester on Dec. 12. Proud Boys has raised more than $ 106,000 to cover medical expenses

The donations from Chinese natives came as a surprise, as Proud Boys and other far-right groups were accused of white supremacy. Proud Boys denies the allegation.

Chinese Americans who donated to Proud Boys told USA Today that they believe the group and others like Alex Jones and former President Donald Trump stand between America and a communist takeover.

“You have to understand how we feel – we came from communist China and we managed to get here and we appreciate it so much here,” said Rebecca Kwan, who donated $ 500 to the Proud Boys on Christmas Day.

“The Proud Boys are for Trump and they are fighting Antifa, and can you see anything good that Antifa did besides destroying department stores and small businesses?”

Founded in 2016, The Proud Boys began as a group that protested political correctness and perceived restrictions on masculinity.

It grew into a group with distinctive colors of yellow and black that embraced street fighting.

In September, their profile soared when then-President Trump called on them to “ stand back and stand by. ”

Miami-based Enrique Tarrio became the group’s national chairman in 2018 after the organization’s founder, former vice media chairman Gavin McInnes, stepped down.

McGinnes left in November 2018 after the FBI categorized the Proud Boys as “ an extremist group with ties to white nationalism. ”

A group of Chinese-Americans express their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event in Tampa, Florida on October 24, 2016. Some expatriates' opposition to communism underlies their support for Trump and related groups such as the Proud Guys

A group of Chinese-Americans express their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event in Tampa, Florida on October 24, 2016. Some expatriates’ opposition to communism underlies their support for Trump and related groups such as the Proud Guys

In November and December last year, Tarrio led the Proud Boys through the streets of Washington after Trump’s election loss.

Video shows him on December 11 with a megaphone in front of a large crowd.

“To the parasites in Congress as well as that stolen White House,” he said.

WHO ARE THE PROUD BOYS?

Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes started the all-male Proud Boys in 2016. McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists” and deny ties to far-right extremist groups that openly embrace racist. and anti-Semitic views.

Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the Proud Boys a hate group, saying that its members often spread “ outright bigotry ” and “ anti-Muslim and misogyny ” rhetoric, and posted photos of themselves on social media with prominent Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and ‘well-known neo-Nazis’.

The current national leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, marched in the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017.

Proud Boys have been involved in a series of high-profile violent skirmishes at political events.

In October 2018, New York City police arrested several Proud Boys members fighting with anti-fascist protesters after a speech by McInnes at a Republican club in Manhattan.

Proud Boys members have also regularly clashed with counter-protesters at rallies in California and Oregon.

Recently, the group took part in the siege of the Capitol on January 6, with some members breaking into the building.

In February they were designated a terrorist group by Canada.

“You want a war, you have one!” The crowd roared. The next day, Tarrio burned the BLM banner.

In lawsuits, prosecutors have described the Proud Boys as one of the instigators of the fatal January 6 MAGA riot, in which extremists tried to keep Trump in office despite his electoral defeat.

At least 18 Proud Boys have been arrested on charges ranging from conspiracy to assault on police officers.

At least six others associated with or accompanying the group have been charged.

Nonetheless, the group is generating support from those who say the biggest threat is Antifa and BLM.

“The Proud Boys are protecting the innocent,” said Donald Wang of Queens, New York.

Wang told USA Today that he gave the group a $ 50 donation.

“Many people in my community support them.”

A small slice of Chinese-Americans has also expressed support for Trump.

While most Chinese-Americans, like other immigrant groups, backed the Democratic candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton, a vocal minority among them, spoke out enthusiastically about Trump.

Ironically, Chinese expats supporting Trump formed pro-Trump group chats on WeChat, a social media app that the former president wanted to ban because of its alleged connection to the Chinese government led by the Communist Party.

The Biden administration has reversed attempts by Trump to ban WeChat and TikTok over alleged ties to Beijing.

Chinese Americans backed Trump for many of the same reasons other Native Americans did.

“America’s conservative culture is very similar to the culture of our fathers and grandparents,” said Mr. Tian, ​​a 31-year-old engineer living in Missouri. Financial times.

“People value family, promote hard work and are against many modern ideas, such as homosexuality and sexual freedom.”

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