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In a victory for the Asian American scholar community, AASF and allies have succeeded in preventing the relaunch of the ‘China Initiative.’
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (The Academy), one of the nation’s oldest learned societies, founded in 1780 by the nation’s Founding Fathers, recently announced AASF Board Member and Yale Stem Cell Biologist Dr. Haifan Lin as the recipient of its esteemed Francis Amory Prize in Reproductive Medicine and Physiology.
We, the undersigned 52 Asian American and allied organizations, write to you with a sense of  urgency and a shared commitment to safeguarding the principles of justice, equality, and privacy  in our nation. As Asian Americans and allies, we understand all too well the perils of unchecked  national security programs and the historical discrimination our community has endured. Our  shared history serves as a poignant reminder of the dangers of racial profiling and prejudice in the  name of national security. That is why we write to express our strong opposition to the  reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act without comprehensive  reforms.  
For Joyce Xi, the Justice Department's false accusations against her dad have led to a years-long search for answers. Click to read her op-ed in Teen Vogue detailing her experience and how the government’s discrimination and baseless prosecution of her dad has shaped her life.
Asian American Scholar Forum data shows decline in scientists of Asian descent staying in the U.S. and likelihood of pursuing federal funding due to climate of fear.
In January 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published the implementation guide for NSPM-33. In April 2022, five Asian American scholar organizations presented the following recommendations to the OSTP Subcommittee on Research Security, National Science and Technology Council.
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.