Exposing Melissa Chen, Amos Yee’s American Guru Of Free Speech: Six Facts About Her That Need Be Told

(Featured below is a post forcibly expunged from the Facebook page of Melissa Chen on April 21, 2017.)

Exposing Amos Yee’s American Guru Of Free Speech: Six Facts About Melissa Chen That Need Be Told

Will the real Melissa Chen please stand up and stop corrupting the youth of Singapore with her US-oriented free speech claptrap!

For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Ms. Chen, a Singaporean-American PR, is the mentor/facilitator/keeper of Amos’ dream of absolute right to freedom of speech. Without her influence, Amos would unlikely be embroiled in his present U.S. asylum quagmire he is in today. This article has no bearing whatsoever on her character assassination — for all I’m able to gather, Ms. Chen is indeed a charming, hail-fellow-well-met activist in the States. This very post here, however, deals with established facts, exposing her inherent contradictions and befuddlement as a self-styled free-speech ‘absolutist’ (her term not mine) vis-a-vis her mentee Amos Yee. [For a brief summary of her role in Amos’ present imbroglio, here’s a link to an earlier introductory piece titled: The Mother/Son/Holy-Spirit Trinity of Fallacies.] https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/the-trinity-of-fallacies-an-anatomy-of-the-amos-yee-asylum-debacle/

Item: That Ms Chen, a transplant from Singapore in the U.S., professes herself hopelessly enamored of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (i.e., the unabridged freedom of expression bestowed as birthright to its citizens), is unmistakable. She effuses enthusiastically about such on her site, advocates the same for the world, and for Little Red Dot no less. Translating it into practical terms then, would mean burning the Quran as a kosher form of free expression as demonstrated by Floridian pastor Terry Jones, or dipping a crucifix in a jar of urine as permissible public art (as was the case of artist-photographer Andres Serrano in his 1987 New York art exhibition); or more recently, the profane act of simulated copulation with the Quran in public by her mentee Amos Yee — all these questionable expressions would be legally permitted and protected in the East as per Ms. Chen’s global prescription of free speech à la the First Amendment.

Item: Ms. Chen’s infatuation with all things American has deracinated her of what’s left of her Eastern root, so much so that she has publicly intimated in 2017 her personal detestation of the Chinese New Year Festival. Her unadulterated contempt for anything suggestive of ‘Asian values’ is writ large in her 2016 interview on The Rubin Report in which she characterized her native country’s founder Lee Kuan Yew’s mention of ‘Asian values’ as ‘one of the most dangerous legacies’ of his (seen in video link below at time sequence 37:38).

Item: She is utterly confused on her stance regarding DHS’s (Dept. of Homeland Security) aggressive detention of asylum-seekers. On her Jan. 22, 2017 Facebook post, Ms. Chen created an Internet petition to secure Amos’ release from DHS; it received about 400 positive responses since. The petition reads: “He came to America to seek refuge so he could exercise his free speech but due to the US’s flawed immigration policy, after hearing that Amos wished to seek political asylum in the US, the immigration officers arrested him and Amos has been in American jail since Dec 16 2016.” [https://www.change.org/p/department-of-homeland-security-free-amos-yee-for-usa-asylum]

But in that same Jan. 22 Facebook post of hers, she wrote: “Personally, I think US immigration policy detaining asylum seekers is perfectly fine. I think it’s very important that we vet all incoming immigrants strongly, no matter where they’re from. And yes that includes even countries on the Visa Waiver Program like Singapore.” It continues…

“So I’m just sharing this as a friend of Amos Yee but not because I think this aspect of immigration policy needs to change. Sign it show support of his release.”

Item: Ms. Chen is all at sea as to how the asylum system works — and Amos walked right into the asylum trap from the outset largely due to his mentor’s total naiveté and ignorance of the asylum process. As a clear-cut example here, on March 30 Ms. Chen facebooked: “How is it that an immigration judge can override Trump’s executive order on the travel ban but the immigration judge who awarded Amos Yee asylum last week, thereby legally granting him political refugee status, has been undermined by Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) who insists on retaining him in detention?” Obviously, Ms. Chen does not know the difference between an Immigration Judge and a Federal Judge — it was Federal Judges, not Immigration Judges, who overruled both of President Trump’s executive orders on travel ban. In fact, earlier I wrote a post describing the ‘Amosization’ of goof-ups, about how badly this asylum-planning gang (Amos and his asylum-coach Melissa) had misfired, couldn’t even shoot straight to begin with and thus landed Amos straight into the slammer right out of the arrival gate at Chicago.                                                                                         [ https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/the-coinage-of-amosization-in-amos-yees-honor/ ]

Item: Ms. Chen’s puppy love for America has either blinded or silenced her from speaking truth to power. Upon the news of Amos’s temporary asylum victory, she rhapsodizes: “This is a decision that strengthens my love for this country and what it truly stands for.” But Ms. Chen’s evident timidity to vociferate against the arbitrary and unconscionable, wholesale incarceration of asylees by DHS, belies her assertion as a free-speech absolutist — Amos is now being interned in the pokey for over 9 months and counting. Granted, Ms Chen has her own hide to protect first as she is not a full-fledged citizen yet. Ironically, I find myself as Amos’ fiercest critic, clamoring instead ever so loudly for his immediate release; my recent post on Amos’ attorney Ms. Grossman’s website highlights the absence of due process and the injustice stemming from the unprincipled and overzealous detention by DHS of its asylees.

https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/an-open-letter-to-ms-sandra-grossman-amos-yees-pro-bono-attorney-does-amos-deserve-the-a-team-treatment/

Item: Ms. Chen is a free-speech absolutist merely in label not in practice — as a self-proclaimed champion of unfettered speech, censorship should be the last thing on her mind and yet she is nothing loath to exercise the unthinkable. Here are posts of mine on her site she saw fit to dele:

https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/exposing-amos-yees-american-guru-of-free-speech-six-facts-about-melissa-chen-that-need-be-told/

https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/a-surreal-private-conversation-with-amos-yee-uphill-asylum-challenges-ahead-n-available-options/

https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/an-amos-yee-dedicated-poem-commentary-deleted-by-melissa-chen/

In sum, here’s a personal plea to Ms. Chen: Amos Yee has been sold a bill of goods by a self-styled free-speech absolutist with the promise of unstinted freedom of speech in Wonderland. Instead, he is being incarcerated and remains so indefinitely since his arrival late last year; his final freedom may yet take years to mediate and sort out. Willy-nilly, for better or worse, he’s yours to keep now. But for Pete’s sake, henceforth for all time, leave the impressionable youth of Singapore alone — compromise no more another Amos Yee again, please; you have your conscience to answer to.

[ N.B. an update: here’s a sequel featured in the link below to the above article in the wake of Amos’ release in late Sept. 2017. ]

https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/exposing-melissa-chen-part-2-amos-yees-quasi-free-speech-guru-an-expose-of-her-mea-culpas/

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April 23, 2017

Mog Kuposon Corrupting the youth with ideas of free speech? Seriously? Perhaps you’d like to offer her some hemlock. Good lord, I’d have hoped for some progress in the last 2400 years or so.
Lester Kok Thanks MK for your feedback. Lordy, Lordy! … what two-millennium-plus years have wrought. Falling on one’s sword had petered out of fashion and so was long gone the choice of poison hemlock for polluters of malleable young minds, being supplanted by an Internet era of instant messaging via PDAs and smartphones. The tantalizing thought of ‘corrupting the youth with ideas of free speech?’ No, it is about the corruption of the gullible (Amos in this case) with diaphanous vision of red-carpet rollout in la-la land complemented with ticker tape parade and confetti shower for the loudest, meanest, vilest vituperator/blasphemer. Instead, the reality that now confronts him is one of interminable incarceration (9 months and counting) as well as solitary confinement in isolation cell (he was given at least 2 weeks of that for offending fellow Muslim inmates in Feb.). Indeed, the road to hell is paved with good intentions…as his mentor Melissa Chen exhorts: ‘Go big or go home.’ Verily, the bottom line is, Amos who is presently 18 may continue to fester past his 21st in an American hoosegow, snubbed to his 6 by 9, periodically allowed onto a sunless pod floor to incessantly commiserate with those similarly situated. Ergo, my plea to his mentor: stop enticing other young gullible minds from her native home half the globe over with pipe dream of asylum; cease letting loose on the susceptible her beguiling concoction of vulpine charm and wits, hyping salivating fantasy of uninhibited free speech in the so-called land of the free and the home of the brave, lest perforce she own another hellion like Amos Yee.
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5 thoughts on “Exposing Melissa Chen, Amos Yee’s American Guru Of Free Speech: Six Facts About Her That Need Be Told

  1. Now did Melissa ever tell you that she changed her surname from Melissa CHIN to Melissa CHEN? I wonder if it’s to hide the bridezilla fiasco that went on with David Tutera and her now ex-husband. Oh, the AMERICAN ex-husband that she got a green card of.

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  2. It is my view that Ms Melissa Chen has the prerogative to conduct herself in the manner that she is doing so. She is simply an individual! Just like each and everyone of us.

    Her love for the American way of life is her preference. Her views on the First Amendment that allows for free speech is hers alone. As mature persons we will understand that there is no absolute free speech. When we speak falsehood and thereby caused hurt or destroyed a person’s character and standing we are liable to be sued for defamation. In that way there is a constraint or limit on ‘free speech’.

    Asian values as Melissa sees it and preached by the late PM Lee Kuan Yew is indeed wrong and a perversion of ‘Asian Values’. It is simply the brainwashing of Singaporeans that they must be responsible for their parents as is oft described as filial piety. What then does the state do? Dump the elderly or old folks who are vulnerable, sick and poor and leave them with their children who may NOT have the means to look after them??? That is the FALSEHOOD and utter abandonment of the responsibility of the state! In short: LKY’s leadership is to wrest Total Control of the state’s wealth and take on the draconian power to do as he likes including imprisoning his political opponents WITHOUT trial using the Internal Security Act (ISA) for detention for INDEFINITE period of time. This is the plain truth!

    I do NOT know Ms Melissa Chen nor the persons she is closely associated with in her work and social circle. But, this I believe: She is true to herself. And, unless otherwise proven to be so I’d continue to think well of her especially when she had unselfishly reached out to help the troubled teenager, Amos Yee, whose troubles started when he posted the offensive video speech that is widely viewed, namely: ‘Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead’.

    For those who think that I am disparaging Singapore they cannot be more mistaken! Reason: I am a patriot who will speak well and promote Singapore. But, NOT the dictatorial and insatiably greedy government that rule Singapore. Yes, I’d stand up for The Truth.

    That’s all.

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    1. Daniel, thank you for the effort to put pen to paper. The gist of your thoughts are reflected in the one sentence you wrote: ‘But, this I believe: She is true to herself.’ Be not blandished by her silken words; regrettably, you are being enchanted by her beguiling charm. But I hate to dampen here your enthusiasm for her which in time, I predict, will evaporate into a real cynical disillusion.

      For space and brevity, I shall only focus my criticism on the part pertaining to her role in Amos’s 10-month incarceration debacle over his asylum quest — leaving aside for now the other incidental topics you touched on relating to Melissa’s take on ‘Asian values’, cultural relativism, et cetera. Apparently, you have not been reading my articles about the real Melissa Chen… do give it a try if you will. Once again, here’s the irrefutable evidence that Melissa Chen is as phony as a $3 bill, someone who relishes to talk the talk but does not walk the walk.

      In her Sept. 27 Fb celebratory piece, she wrote: ‘Mary (as in Mary Toh Amos’ mom), you were 50% of the reason why I wanted to help, because I could see the urgency and desperation of a mother who just knew that a life of continued harassment from the authorities would befall the young contrarian who couldn’t keep his mouth shut had he stayed.’ End quote. In consequence, I published on my blog a scathing excoriation follow-up to her piece i.e., Exposing Melissa Chen, Part 2, to expose her phoniness and hypocrisy as Amos’ putative free-speech mentor. I also posted that same article on Mary Toh’s Oct. 27 Fb timeline. Ordinarily, Mary Toh would have quickly deleted any critical piece of mine which she has done so unequivocally in the past. Instead, she left that article Exposing Melissa Chen, Part 2 totally uncensored and untouched on her Fb wall. Her decision to allow me to expose Melissa Chen on her own site for who Melissa really is — a merely fair-weather ally to Amos and Mary — speaks volumes! 

      Surely, Ms. Chen is free to pursue her activist stuff in America, but just steer clear of corrupting the local youths at home with her idealistic claptrap.
       

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