For Americans who come to keep in touch with their families, President Trump’s recent ban on wechat will not cause them too much inconvenience. But for those whose homes are in China or have businesses in China, the ban will bring great trouble to their personal lives. There are about a few million of these people in the United States.
the 20-year-old New York University student, Johnnie Yu, is about to work in the Chinese student union of the University. He chats with his parents in China through wechat every day. When he learned of the ban on wechat, he tried to keep in touch with his parents in other ways, but failed. “It’s going to be difficult to chat with parents and we’re exploring alternatives,” he said.
wechat has more than one billion users worldwide, and Johnnie Yu is just one of them. Tencent’s mobile app is not only an information service, it also provides important services such as online payment. In China, this app is the main way of personal and business communication. Johnnie Yu’s parents work in the investment banking and real estate industries. They usually work on the platform of wechat.
in the United States, wechat has about 19 million active users every day. For some of them, the app is a way to keep in touch with older people in the United States and abroad. Joyce Chang, a wechat user from New York, said: “many community organizations led by Asian Americans also use wechat to communicate with the elderly Chinese immigrant community here, because the translation tools in wechat help overcome language barriers.” “Wechat is the main communication tool used by the older generation here. If you lose it, you will lose the bridge to contact them.” According to Apple’s app store, the app allows users to translate in real time.
some users believe that President Trump’s ban lacks justification. “This ban is frustrating and distracts the president from responding to the pandemic,” said Shirley Wu, a San Francisco designer and wechat user “My contact with my family in Hong Kong may be interrupted until alternative procedures are found.” In this regard, Microsoft’s Skype and LinkedIn are possible alternatives.