New Report Showcases Climate of Fear Among Asian-Origin Scientists and Researchers

Today, the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) released a report, “Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists,” with data that shows a growing number of Chinese-origin American academics leaving the United States and switching from U.S. to Chinese affiliations. The research shows the chilling effect of potential federal investigation and prosecution since the U.S. Department of Justice’s “China Initiative,” which launched in 2018.

Asian American Scholar Forum Calls for Justice for Dr. Xiaoxing Xi Ahead of Third Circuit Oral Arguments

This morning, oral arguments will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, a physics professor at Temple University and an internationally recognized expert in superconducting technology, after a federal court in Pennsylvania in April 2021 dismissed claims brought by Dr. Xi and his family against the U.S. government and the FBI agent involved in wrongly investigating and prosecuting him.

Asian American Scholar Forum Commends Gang Chen, Once Targeted by the China Initiative, on Landmark Scientific Discovery

Washington, D.C.– Professor Gang Chen, the former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has led a team to discover what is said to be the best semiconductor ever found, performing better than silicon at conducting heat and electricity. This discovery opens up new possibilities for smaller and faster chips.

Asian American Scholar Forum Applauds Senate Passage of Inflation Reduction Act Without Any Anti-Immigration or Discriminatory Amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the weekend, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a $430 billion landmark bill without any anti-immigration or discriminatory amendments that would be harmful to immigrants, including Asian American and Asian immigrant communities.

AASF Webinar: The Rise of Chinese Universities towards World Class: Perspectives from Several American Scholars

Click to see details of AASF’s 5/21/2022 webinar, in which three American scholars who have been involved in the development efforts will give us their perspectives on the rise of Chinese universities towards world class.

Asian American Scholar Forum Welcomes the End of China Initiative

The Asian American Scholar Forum appreciates that the DOJ heard the voices and concerns of the scientific and the Asian American communities. We support the new strategy and welcome the termination of a flawed program that targeted scientists based on national heritage. 

​​​​​​​Advancing Justice – AAJC Commends End to China Initiative, Calls for Transparency and Vows to Watch Dismantling Closely

AASF fully supports AAJC’s statement made on Feb 23, 2022.

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an end to the controversial “China Initiative,” and a series of changes to their national security approach to address concerns of profiling of Asian Americans and immigrants lifted up by Advancing Justice – AAJC and other civil rights and academic groups.  

A Statement Responding to Amy Wax’s Racist Comments Towards Asian Americans

On December 24, 2021, Amy Wax, a Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania made racist comments in public towards Asian and Asian-American communities, which was in Conversation with Brown University Professor Glenn Loury on the Glenn Show. On January 5, 2022, Amy Wax responded the overwhelming criticisms of her words. She further made worse racist remark: “… I think the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration”.

We, the Asian American Scholar Forum, give our statement to express our strong disagreement of her racist comments.

AASF Webinar: Reflecting on Professor Gang Chen’s Case and Looking Ahead to the Future of the China Initiative

Click for more details on the upcoming webinar of Professor Gang Chen’s first public appearance after all charges against him have been dismissed.