AASF Submits Letter of Support for Charles Lieber

On March 14th, 2022, Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) submitted the following letter to request Judge Rya W. Zobel to take into account the special conditions and circumstances of Professor Charles Lieber’s case.

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.  

AASF Webinar: Managing Academic Collaborations with Chinese Institutions at U.S. Universities

November 17, 2021 The tensions in relations between China and the United States and a number of high-profile criminal cases under the China Initiative of the Department of Justice have put a spotlight on American universities’ relations with research and educational institutions in China. The issues are extremely complicated and are fraught with the complexitiesContinue reading “AASF Webinar: Managing Academic Collaborations with Chinese Institutions at U.S. Universities”

AASF Webinar: Challenges Facing Academics in the US Suspected as Nontraditional Collectors for China

In this webinar, Dr. Xi will present his personal experience and discuss other actual criminal cases to illustrate the risks faced by academics with ties in China. Links to resources concerning case information, legal rights, attorney referral, fundraising, and activism will be provided.

AASF Webinar: Knowing Your Legal Rights: Practical Guidance to Respond to U.S. Law Enforcement, Regulatory, and Institutional Investigations

In view of the recent investigations of the Chinese American academic and scientific communities, a white collar defense attorney and former federal prosecutor will provide community members in this presentation with guidance on their legal rights and strategies to employ when interacting with law enforcement officials and university counsel conducting investigations.

AASF Webinar: DOJ’s China Initiative: Perspectives on How It Makes America Stronger or Weaker?

The hard-handed use of criminal law to prosecute the misconducts of scientists has created frustrations in the US higher education institutions, fears among scientists, worries about the future leadership of America in science and technology innovation, and loss of competitiveness in attracting talents from abroad. In this panel, we will discuss and debate the following questions:

AASF Webinar: Chinese American Scientists: What Do You Have to Pay Attention to Under the China Initiative?

February 6, 2021 As many know, the Chinese American academic community has become deeply concerned over the growing number of criminal cases brought against certain professors from different universities arising out their connections with the PRC. The latest case against Professor Gang Chen of MIT has sparked significant attention to the situation. The Chinese AmericanContinue reading “AASF Webinar: Chinese American Scientists: What Do You Have to Pay Attention to Under the China Initiative?”