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Presented By: The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Professor Ann Chih Lin, Endowed Professorship in Chinese Studies, Inaugural Lecture

Scapegoating Chinese American Scientists in the Name of National Security

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Over the past decade, Chinese American scientists and the American universities they work at have come under increasing government suspicion. Some academics have been arrested in high-profile raids on their homes and laboratories. Many who support multi-million dollar research teams on federal grants have had their grants terminated, their laboratories closed, and their personal savings bankrupted. And large majorities, particularly at research universities, are rethinking their hiring of postdocs, their international collaborations, their research strategies, and even their lives in the United States. Yet few of their university colleagues understand the scope and scale of what is happening. My talk will explore how fears about China’s economic development strategy, zero-sum assumptions about international conflict, and the lack of a coordinated national R&D strategy have led to a cynical focus on Chinese American university scientists as the reason for China's rise and America's decline. I also explore how these suspicions have parallels in the treatment of German American academics in World War I, using the University of Michigan’s treatment of German American academics as a cautionary tale.

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When: Sep 22, 2022 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Ann Lin Endowed Professorship Lecture, Septembe 22, 2022

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