I’m not sure what’s worse, ASQ’s hamfisted efforts to get its members to side with China over the United States, or its public-facing bungling of its attempts to do so.

A reader caught my article from two days ago on how ASQ’s new pro-China policy has infected the pages of its premier journal, Quality Progress, and revealed that the article’s editor was trying to drum up evidence months beforehand, clearly to add credence to ASQ’s position.

Back in November 2018 on the new MyASQ forum board, Lindsay Dal Porto ran a “reaction gauge” poll asking members how their companies have been impacted on US tariffs placed on China, framing it with an entirely anti-US, pro-China skew:

The new tariffs the United States has placed on foreign steel and aluminum and Chinese imports has cost American businesses millions of dollars. Among those hit the hardest are auto manufacturers, retailers and certain markets in the food and beverage industry. How has your organization been affected by these tariffs? What other industries have been affected by these tariffs?

Dal Porto wasn’t listed as the author of the resulting Quality Progress piece, but was credited as the person who “compiled” the report. We still don’t know who actually wrote it.

Dal Porto hasn’t answered my requests for clarification on the issue.

It’s worth pointing out that as of today — months later — the thread only got 4 replies, and none of them were particularly anti-China, meaning the effort to generate evidence to support a predetermined position fizzled. That didn’t stop ASQ from publishing the piece anyway, of course.

(It also seems to hint that ASQ’s attempt to “centralize” member communications through the HQ-approved MyASQ forum is also fizzling.)

Someone needs to start asking ASQ’s Board and executive leadership just why they are so dead-set on promoting China and being dishonest with paying ASQ members in order to do so.

Follow the money?


About Christopher Paris

Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 30 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.