Do Chinese Students in the U.S. Have Academic Freedom?

In 1968, the American Association of University Professors published a Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students. It states, “Students and student organizations should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They should always be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution.”

Many Chinese international students don’t enjoy these rights. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is the official Chinese international student organization. In 2004, Chinese Consulate officials from Chicago went to the University of Minnesota to intervene in CSSA activities.

Chris was on the CSSA board at the time. I had a discussion with him about what happened back then.

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