Donations from people in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as from members of the Chinese American community, made up more than 80 percent of the $106,107 raised for medical costs for members of the Proud Boys who were stabbed during violent clashes in Washington, D.C., in mid-December, revealing the significant amount of support that the Proud Boys receive from a slice of the Chinese American community and the broader Chinese diaspora, reports USA Today. Some Chinese Americans have bought into the rhetoric spread by the Proud Boys, conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and conservative commentators that America is under attack from communists and believe the Proud Boys are on the vanguard of protecting the country from a communist army controlled by Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Commentators, journalists and academics in the Chinese American community said they have long known that a significant portion of their conservative peers support the Proud Boys, despite the group’s open racism and bigotry. Much as Trump has enjoyed support from some conservative Asian Americans, the Proud Boys’ rhetoric of traditional gender roles and “Western Chauvinism” have their fans in some Chinese-American households, said Jennifer Ho, president of the Association for Asian American Studies. Like the McCarthyists of the 1950s, the Proud Boys have latched on to the fear of communism as a tried-and-true mechanism for building support and raising money. Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab who studies extremism, noted that purporting to be anti-communist has also won support among Latin Americans.