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DOJ's China Initiative v. AASF: A Political Awakening

August 16, 2021 (1 min read)

Karin Fischer, latitude(s), Aug. 16, 2021

"The China Initiative, the Justice Department’s sweeping investigation of economic and academic espionage, has spawned new activism and advocacy among Chinese and Chinese-American professors, who fear that the effort, which has largely focused on researchers of Chinese descent, amounts to racial profiling.  Together with several dozen other professors, Suo helped start the Asian American Scholar Forum to support and advocate for Asian American academics.  Yasheng Huang, a professor of global economics and management at MIT, is the new group’s president.  He and others have been meeting with federal grantmaking agencies about rules governing international academic collaboration.  He calls the China Initiative “toxic” and said it risks driving talented students and scholars away from the U.S."