some sources seem to indicate that they do: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-12-10/the-u-s-government-s-mistrust-of-chinese-americans
I realize this is a sensitive question. I'm a second-generation Chinese-American deciding whether or not to pursue cryptography. Among other things, I have to consider employment opportunities in the future. I've been told that most cryptographic research happens in 1) academia and 2) labs or government agencies like NSA. If my background is a problem in getting hired to the latter, then my options are pretty limited if I go in this direction.
I'm aware of current political climate in which the USA is decoupling itself from China. For example, denying Chinese graduate students, boycotting of the Winter Olympics, Chinese IP theft concerns etc. Also, considering China is one of the main geopolitical adversaries of 5-eyes.
I am wondering if this sentiment extends to affect a second generation Chinese-American's ability to find employment in these agencies. The situation is further complicated in that it's difficult to find a second generation Chinese-American who does NOT have a family member overseas that is affiliated with the Chinese government in some way. For example, I have a grandfather who served in the air force and I am vaguely aware of an aunt who has also served in the military.
A quick look at faculty websites says that Chinese-Americans are quite highly represented in crypto academia, but I am wondering if the same applies to agencies like the NSA where there is private research being done.