On June 4, 2019, the Committee of Concerned Scientists (CCS) sent a letter to the President of the United States, the Attorney General and the leaders of both Houses of Congress requesting the profiling of ethnic Chinese scientists to cease.
U.S. Government Profiling Ethnic Chinese Scientists
June 3, 2019
Numerous ethnic Chinese scientists that work for U.S. government agencies, American colleges and universities and private industry have been profiled. Many are investigated, lose their jobs, their labs, their staffs, are arrested, tried and most are found “not guilty.” However, the damage is done by that time. More recently, the National Institutes of Health have sent questionnaires asking colleges to look at their staffs to see if there may be any suspicious behavior. Some of the scientists have been forced to return to China due to the bad publicity they received in the United States, many were not re-instated to their former jobs, and some were not reinstated to the agency where they were initially employed. Several lost contracts, grants, their research labs, the staffs that worked for them. Many had to expend significant amounts to defend themselves in court proceedings. And some, even after being exonerated had difficulty returning to earlier jobs despite the scoldings by many judges to prosecutors/investigative agencies for bringing such cases to court in the first place. The scientists are publicly humiliated and these proceedings have severe affects on their lives and the lives of their family members.
CCS finds these actions abhorrent and have written the President of the United States, the Attorney General and the leaders of both Houses of Congress requesting such behavior cease.
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United Chinese Americans
On April 25, 2019, the United Chinese Americans (UCA), a nationwide nonprofit and nonpartisan federation and a community civic movement, released a statement to raise concerns for Chinese American scientists as collateral damage in the crossfire between the United States and China due to deteriorating relations, including five appeals to address the current situartion. It was in response to the first wave of an aniticpated crack down targeting primarily Chinese American scientists at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. See links and reports under MD Anderson Cancer Center in Current State.
Link to full statement in English
Three major scientific organizations took leadership in voicing its concerns about racial profiling by publishing an open letter titled "Racial Profiling Harms Science" in Science on March 21, 2019.
The Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA, 美洲华人生物科学学会), The Chinese American Hematologist and Oncologist Network (CAHON, 美国华裔血液及肿瘤专家学会), and The Chinese Biological Investigators Society (CBIS, 华人生物学者教授学会) represent the largest and a rapidly growing professional group for scientists, mostly of Chinese descent, in many biomedical disciplines.
The letter expresses concerns about the recent political rhetoric and policies that single out students and scholars of Chinese descent working in the United States as threats to U.S. national interests. It also received a response led by NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins, which pledged that "NIH is committed to avoiding overreaction, stigmatization, harassment, and profiling. We will use our influence and bully pulpit as necessary to speak out against such prejudicial actions, for which there is no place in the biomedical research community."
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2019/03/22 InsideHigherEd: Letter: 'Racial Profiling Harms Science'
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2019/03/22 Science: Racial Profiling Harms Science
2019/03/21 The Scientist: Chinese-American Scientist Societies Fear Racial Profiling
2019/03/21 telegram.com: UMass doctor among Chinese scientists concerned about profiling
2018/12/13 Nature: NIH considers restrictions to counter foreign influence in research
On April 7, the Committee of 100 (C100 百人会) issued a statement condemning racial profiling against Chinese Americans. The statement was broadly distributed to the media and read by C100 President Frank Wu during its annual conference in New York.
The statement responds to a few high-level American government officials, respected media outlets, and opinion leaders who have stated or suggested in the last few years that all Chinese persons in America should be suspected of wrongdoing. However, "overzealous criminal prosecutions in recent years of innocent individuals such as Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi, like Wen Ho Lee before them, have embarrassingly fallen apart, while ruining lives for no reason. Such targeting of individuals based on their ethnic heritage or national origin violates our shared American ideals. It simply has to stop."
"Racial profiling is wrong and un-American in our nation of democracy." The statement concludes that "by standing up and speaking out for what is right and just, Chinese Americans can help lead the way in answering the call that is always before us as Americans: to embody more perfectly the ideals and principles of this great nation we call home."
C100 pledges additional plans and actions beyond the released statement. A conference is scheduled for September 28, 2019 in East Palo Alto, California.
2019/04/11 CGTN (owned by China Central Television): U.S. spy charges in academia: Lingering racism or governmental paranoia?
2019/04/10 South China Morning Post: Steve Bannon accuses US firms of selling out amid ‘enslavement of the Chinese people’
2019/04/09 Global Times (owned by China's People's Daily): Racial profiling of Chinese-Americans makes people shudder
2019/04/07 Committee of 100: Committee of 100 Condemns Chinese American Racial Profiling