Chinese-American Scientist Societies Fear Racial Profiling

The Scientist | March 21, 2019

In a strongly worded letter published in Science today (March 21), a group of Chinese-American scientists voice concern that recent proposals from the National Institutes of Health and FBI actions could lead to unjust targeting of ethnically Chinese scientists. NIH officials say they value the scientific contributions of scientists of all nationalities and share concerns of possible stigmatization, but also have a duty to identify cases where foreign researchers have acted against the interests of the US. “The letter on behalf of Chinese scientists raises valid and important issues that have major implications, not only for the Chinese scientists directly affected, but also for the US’s standing as a global leader of scientific knowledge production and the US universities where they work,” Jenny Lee, an educational policy and practice researcher at the University of Arizona who did not contribute to the letter, writes in an email to The Scientist.

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More than two centuries of American democracy have resulted in a profusion of governments at the local level, not only cities and counties but villages and townships, park districts and sanitary districts and a host of others. To those trying desperately to bring a state's budget into balance, many of these are useless anachronisms incapable of providing any service that could not be provided higher up the governmental chain.

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More than two centuries of American democracy have resulted in a profusion of governments at the local level, not only cities and counties but villages and townships, park districts and sanitary districts and a host of others. To those trying desperately to bring a state's budget into balance, many of these are useless anachronisms incapable of providing any service that could not be provided higher up the governmental chain.

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