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Justice Department ends Trump administration’s ‘China Initiative’ amid anti-Asian claims

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  • The Department of Justice announced the end of the Trump-era “China Initiative,” which sought to counter national security threats related to China.
  • The move follows a months-long review that came in response to reports that the program was fueling anti-Asian hate and impeding academic research.
  • In lieu of the program, the department is launching the new “Strategy for Countering Nation-State Threats,” a “comprehensive approach” that will address threats from all hostile nations.
  • The “China Initiative” paved the way for the conviction of Charles Lieber, a Harvard professor who had concealed his ties to the Chinese government.

After a months-long review, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that it is ending the Trump-era “China Initiative,” an anti-espionage program that has faced criticism of stoking anti-Asian hate.

The program, which launched in 2018 under former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sought to counter Chinese national security threats such as hacking, trade secret theft and economic espionage.

Group of over 30 Korean studies professors, scholars pen open letter to Disney Plus over ‘Snowdrop’

  • A group of professors and scholars of Korean Studies wrote an open letter to Disney Plus to raise concerns over some of the historical inaccuracies in the Korean drama “Snowdrop.”
  • They argued in the letter that attention must be paid to the potential inaccuracies of Korean shows that are available to stream overseas, especially to audiences who are not familiar with Korea's history.

A group of professors and scholars of Korean Studies has recently penned an open letter to Disney Plus to raise concerns over historical distortion in the Korean drama “Snowdrop,” which is now streaming internationally.

The letter, addressed to President of The Walt Disney Company in Asia Pacific Luke Kang, requested for the company to find experts to “carefully examine the historical references made in the show,” Pinkvilla reported.

Vietnamese American lecturer lived in a tent for two years while pursuing her PhD in the UK

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A Vietnamese American academic battled the cold for two years when she ended up homeless while pursuing a doctorate and teaching classes in the U.K.

How it happened: Aimée Lê, who obtained her Ph.D. in 2018, was forced to live in a tent after facing a rent increase in her third year of study at Royal Holloway, University of London. She revealed her plight in a recent interview with The Guardian.

University Professor Refuses to Apologize After Sexist Comments on Women in China

Sociology professor Feng Gang of the renowned Zhejiang University in China is receiving some social media backlash for his sexist remarks that read, “History has proven that academia is not the domain of women.”

Feng’s comments were in response to the criticisms he received for his previous explicitly sexist remarks on Chinese social media site Weibo back in 2013.