AASF Webinar: The Chilling Effect & Fears of Chinese-American Scientists and the Implications to U.S. Science and Technology: A Nationwide Study

Time: Oct 17, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time

On September 23, 2022, the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) released a report entitled, “Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists,” showing a growing number of Chinese-descent scientists have left or are considering leaving the U.S. to take positions in foreign countries and are avoiding federal grant applications. This is due to fears and an unwelcoming environment in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal and other prominent media reported on the study, highlighting widespread fear among the Chinese American and immigrant community and the risk of losing talent in the U.S. In this webinar, the researchers who conducted the study will present their findings and we will hear from prominent speakers on the implications of these findings. Congresswoman Judy Chu will provide a keynote.

Key Note Speaker

Judy Chu
Congresswoman (CA-27), Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus


Christina Ciocca Eller
Assistant Director of Evidence and Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tobin (Toby) Smith
Senior Vice President for Science Policy and Global Affairs, Association of American Universities (AAU)

Xihong Lin
Professor of Biostatistics, Coordinating Director of the Program in Quantitative Genomics, Professor of Statistics, Harvard University

Yu Xie
Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Sociology and PIIRS, Princeton University

Guest Speakers

Kai Li
Founder & Vice President, AASF, Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

Gisela Perez Kusakawa
AASF Executive Director


Yasheng Huang
AASF President and Founder, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Professor, Global Economics and Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology