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

May 8, 2021

The relationship between the United States and China has entered a new era of high tension. Professors, scientists, and students of Chinese ethnicity as well as those engaging in academic collaborations with China have become a major target of the law enforcement, suspected as nontraditional collectors for China. In 2015, Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a renowned physicist and Chair of the Physics Department of Temple University, became a casualty of this campaign despite being innocent. 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. While being prepared to meet these challenges is important, he argues that the ultimate defense of our civil rights is for all to speak up against racial profiling and for open fundamental research.


Xiaoxing Xi, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics, Temple University.


Rory Truex, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University.