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Asian American diplomats say discrimination holds them back as US competes with China

Thomas Wong graduated from West Point, joined the Army and deployed to combat zones for the United States, but when he became a diplomat, the State Department restricted the New Jersey native from serving in China, citing security concerns. “I felt like my loyalties were being questioned,” he said, adding, “I’m convinced race was a factor in that decision.”

Thomas Wong graduated from West Point, joined the Army and deployed to combat zones for the United States, but when he became a diplomat, the State Department restricted the New Jersey native from serving in China, citing security concerns. “I felt like my loyalties were being questioned,” he said, adding, “I’m convinced race was a factor in that decision.”

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