Call for Your support on Open Letters to End “China Initiative”

Dear Colleagues: We, the members of the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF), call for your support of several open letters to end the “China Initiative”. This initiative, started in November 2018 by the Department of Justice under the previous administration, was intended to investigate threats from China to the U.S. national security. However, the investigationsContinue reading “Call for Your support on Open Letters to End “China Initiative””

Understanding the “Inconvenient Minority:”The Sociology of Asian Americans

October 9, 2021 Despite popular pronouncements about the importance of “diversity” and “multiculturalism” in American society, Asian Americans have been either neglected or poorly understood in many contemporary discussions. Utilizing a perspective that is based on social science rather than fashionable political rhetoric such as the “Model Minority Myth,” this lecture will provide a broadContinue reading “Understanding the “Inconvenient Minority:”The Sociology of Asian Americans”

Hearings: Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise

Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight & Subcommittee Research and Technology Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Add to my Calendar Time: 10:00 AM Location: Online via videoconferencing Witnesses Dr. Maria Zuber, Co-Chair, National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Vice President for Research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics,Continue reading “Hearings: Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise”

AMD CEO Lisa Su gets chip industry’s highest honor

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su has received the chip industry’s highest honor as the 2020 recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award. This is the first time the award has gone to a woman since it was started in 1991. “It’s an incredible privilege to be part of this industry,” Su said. “I actuallyContinue reading “AMD CEO Lisa Su gets chip industry’s highest honor”

Relevant Information

Table of content Relevant official documents Reports and documents about some research security cases Petitions/Open letters Webinars Organizations working on related issues Relevant official documents Fact sheet from Department of Justice about the China Initiative The National Security Decision Directive (NSDD)-189.This Presidential Directive with the title “National Policy on the Transfer of Scientific, Technical andContinue reading “Relevant Information”

Sample Letter

Dear [institutional leader(s)]: In recent years, the U.S. government has undertaken a series of actions in response to increasing national and economic security concerns, especially regarding the Chinese government. This includes the U.S. Department of Justice’s China Initiative, tightened regulations of federal funding agencies regarding disclosure and international collaboration, visa restrictions for certain international studentsContinue reading “Sample Letter”

Toolkit for researchers to garner institutional support on research security issues

Purpose of the toolkit In recent years, the U.S. government has taken a number of actions in response to increasing national and economic security concerns, especially in regard to the Chinese government. These actions include the U. S. Department of Justice China Initiative; tightened regulations at federal funding agencies regarding interactions of U.S. researchers withContinue reading “Toolkit for researchers to garner institutional support on research security issues”

AASF commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2021 Twenty years ago today, evil attacked America. A total of 2,977 people were killed when nineteen terrorists hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the ground outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The victims ranged inContinue reading “AASF commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11”

Remember Betty Ong

Betty Ann Ong (Chinese: 鄧月薇; February 5, 1956 – September 11, 2001) was an American flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first airplane to become hijacked during the September 11 attacks. Ong is notable as having been the first person to alert authorities to the hijackings taking place that day. Shortly after theContinue reading “Remember Betty Ong”

Open Letter to Judge Varlan to Dismiss the Anming Hu Case

On September 3rd, 2021, AASF sent the following letter to Judge Thomas A. Varlan, expressing our grave concern about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s initial prosecution and subsequent decision to seek a retrial of Dr. Anming Hu, a former professor at the University Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).