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Increasing number of Chinese researchers leaving the US out of fear, study says

  • A study conducted by the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) in collaboration with 11 Asian American organizations discovered that the number of Chinese-born researchers in the United States moving to other countries, including China, is increasing.
  • “There has been a significant increase of Chinese-origin scientists returning to China in recent years despite them wanting to contribute to science and research in the United States,” Xihong Lin, AASF board member and co-chair of the association’s Data and Research Committee, said.
  • Of the more than 1,300 Chinese-born faculty members surveyed between December 2021 and March 2022, around 61% of them said they "feel pressure to leave the U.S."
  • Meanwhile, around 47% of the respondents said they would like to relocate to Asia, while around 46% of them mentioned relocating to non-Asian countries.
  • The study also revealed the uneasiness Chinese researchers feel: 72% said they “do not feel safe as an academic researcher” in the U.S., 42% said they are "fearful of conducting research" in the U.S. and 65% are "worried about collaborations with China."
  • “It is clear from our research that the impact of the chilling effect from the ‘China Initiative’ is far from over,” Yu Xie, co-chair of AASF’s Data and Research Committee, said.

A new study suggests the number of Chinese researchers relocating to China from the United States is increasing despite the end of the controversial China Initiative earlier this year.

The Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) published a report titled “Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists” on Sept. 3.

S. Korean gold medalist skater officially joins Chinese Olympic team after renouncing citizenship

  • Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun, also known by his Chinese name Lin Xiaojun, is now officially part of the Chinese national team.
  • He was one of the nine men and eight women who the Chinese national team announced on Monday.
  • Lim, 26, will compete under the Chinese flag in upcoming international events, such as the World Cup in Canada next month and the Four Continents Championships in Salt Lake City in November.
  • Lim was involved in a controversy after being banned by the Korea Skating Union in 2019 for pulling down the pants of a younger athlete at Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, South Korea.

Former South Korean short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun has officially found a new team to compete with at the next Olympics.

In an announcement on Monday, Lim, who also goes by his Chinese name Lin Xiaojun, will officially compete for China as part of the country’s national team in the next Olympics. The news came months after the International Skating Union cleared the speed skater to compete in July.

Ancient China used face-whitening cosmetics before Ancient Greece, study claims

  • A team of researchers from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology discovered ancient bronze containers containing lead white residue that the ancient Chinese used for face-whitening makeup.
  • The discovery was made at a nobility cemetery located in the Liangdaicun site in the city of Hancheng in China’s Shaanxi province.
  • The researchers published their study in the open-access journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications on Sept. 3.
  • “The results show that these residues were the earliest synthesized lead white in the world to date, which was produced by the precipitation method in solution distinct from the corrosion method practiced in ancient Greece,” the researchers wrote.

Chinese researchers have unearthed bronze containers with lead white residue that the ancient Chinese used for face-whitening makeup around 300 years before the ancient Greeks started making their own.

The team of researchers from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology discovered the ancient artifacts at the Liangdaicun site in the city of  Hancheng in China’s Shaanxi Province.

Melbourne Chinese-language driving school apologizes for ad calling female teachers ‘timid and weak’

  • Number 1 Driver School, a driving school for Chinese speakers in the inner-city suburb of Carlton in Melbourne, Australia, sparked outrage on social media after a prospective student named Mel Wang discovered a sexist advertisement on its website.
  • The ad highlighted that the school has “only very experienced male instructors" and "zero female instructors."
  • "Female driving instructors are timid [and] weak," the ad previously read. “They tend to spend most of the class time on minor roads, can't perform intensive training and their students often improve only very slowly."
  • Wang shared a screenshot of the ad on the Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu in July.
  • Following the backlash, Number 1 Driver School spokesperson Andrew Wang claimed the school did not intend on discrediting female instructors.
  • The school, which currently has 16 male instructors, is now “urgently” hiring two female instructors “at the request of the general public.”

A Melbourne-based driving school for Chinese speakers has apologized for an advertisement on its website describing female instructors as “timid and weak” and for boasting about only having experienced male teachers.

Number 1 Driver School, located in the inner-city suburb of Carlton in Melbourne, Australia, sparked outrage after Mel Wang, a prospective female student, stumbled upon the school’s ad and later shared a screen shot of it on the Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu in July.

Wu Yibing makes history as first Chinese man to win Grand Slam singles match in 63 years

  • Chinese tennis player Wu Yibing, 22, beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, 30, in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Monday, making him the first Chinese man to win a singles match at a Grand Slam event in 63 years.
  • Wu beat Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Monday.
  • “It’s happy and exciting but still more matches to come,” Wu told ATP Tour. “The third set, I don’t know if he was hurting or something, I just tried to make all the balls and tried to stay in the game, not thinking about winning or losing. That’s why I guess I didn’t show much emotions. I feel pretty calm.”
  • Prior to Wu’s victory, the last Chinese man to win a U.S. Open singles match was Cheng Guy in 1935.

Chinese tennis player Wu Yibing made history this week by becoming the first Chinese man to win a singles match at a Grand Slam event in 63 years.

Wu, 22, beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, 30, in the opening round of the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Monday.

Chinese scientists successfully create world’s first mammal with fully reprogrammed genes

Chinese scientists have successfully recombined a mouse’s chromosomes to create the world’s first mammal with fully reprogrammed genes. 

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing broke down the chromosomes into different segments and rearranged them in different combinations to create a new package of genes, resulting in the mouse called “Xiao Zhu” (Little Bamboo).

Asian man suspected of violent attacks on Chinese residents, students in NJ neighborhood

An Asian man armed with a variety of weapons is believed to be responsible for a series of violent attacks on Chinese residents and international students in New Jersey’s Journal Square neighborhood.

The incidents, which occurred near the PATH subway station, appear to date back as early as February. The assailant allegedly would attack from behind with a hammer, a rock or a brick before threatening his victim with a knife.

‘You don’t want to take my money, do you?’: Mandarin-speaking rabbi fights antisemitism on China’s TikTok

  • American Rabbi Matt Trusch, who lived and worked in China for over a decade, is now fighting antisemitism by posting educational videos on his popular Douyin account.
  • In his Douyin bio, Trusch describes himself as a rabbi who shares “wisdom of the Talmud,” “interesting facts about the Jewish people,” “business thought” and “money-making tips.”
  • Trusch, who works with an Australia-based Chinese-speaking Jewish partner on creating content, shared that he intentionally included Chinese people's stereotypes about Jewish people in his bio to attract and reach more Chinese viewers.
  • Many of his viewers perceive the Talmud as a get-rich scheme rather than a Jewish religious text, a belief so popular in China that it has created an industry of self-help books and private schools that claim to teach about Jewish money-making secrets.
  • One of Trusch's videos in which he explains how China helped Jewish refugees fleeing from Europe during World War II received comments such as “You don’t want to take my money, do you?” and “Wall Street elites are all Jews.”
  • According to Trusch, the Chinese people’s view of the Talmud as a business guide also helps them navigate China’s complicated religious environment, where Judaism is not among the five recognized religions.

An American rabbi who lived and worked in China for over a decade is fighting antisemitism on Chinese social media using educational videos.

Rabbi Matt Trusch was sharing Jewish parables in fluent Mandarin on Douyin (China’s version of TikTok) from his Texas home last year when he came across users spouting Jewish stereotypes online.

Chinese investors lead foreigners with $6.1 billion in purchased US real estate last year

  • Buyers from China, including those from Taiwan and Hong Kong, acquired $6.1 billion in U.S. real estate in the last 12 months, the most out of any other country.
  • Canadian buyers purchased the second most U.S. real estate with $5.5 billion, followed by buyers from India ($3.6 billion), Mexico ($2.9 billion) and Brazil ($1.6 billion).
  • Florida was the top destination for real estate investors for the 14th straight year, with 44 percent of foreign buyers claiming they bought the properties as vacation homes, rental properties or both.
  • Chinese nationals have comprised the largest foreign group of real estate buyers in the U.S. since 2013, with over $188 billion spent over the last 10 years.

Buyers from China, including those from Taiwan and Hong Kong, acquired $6.1 billion in U.S. real estate in the last 12 months, the most out of any other country.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the top states for these purchases were California and Florida. 

Woman caught writing fake Chinese, Russian history on Chinese Wikipedia for over a decade

  • An investigation by Wikipedia found that a contributor had been falsifying the history of the Qing Dynasty and the history of Russia on Chinese Wikipedia.
  • Since 2010, the contributor has used at least four puppet accounts to create a fictional Russian history by creating 206 fake articles and contributing to hundreds more.
  • In one of the now-deleted profiles, the user claimed to be Zhemao, the daughter of a diplomat stationed in Russia, and wrote well-detailed war stories and economic narratives that tied into real events in the country.
  • Fantasy novelist Yifan, who was among the first to notice something suspicious, said Zhemao’s entries contained characters “that are mixed together with real historical figures so that there’s no telling the real from the fake.”
  • Zhemao later published an open letter on her English Wikipedia account, writing that she is actually a housewife who only finished high school.

Wikipedia has discovered that a contributor had been falsifying the history of the Qing Dynasty and the history of Russia on its Chinese-language site. 

An investigation by the online encyclopedia revealed that since 2010, the contributor used at least four puppet accounts to compose a fictional history of Russia by creating 206 fake articles and contributing to hundreds more. 

Redditor alleges her 6 y/o was forced to eat alone for ‘distracting’ peers with ‘smelly’ Asian food

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  • A Reddit user posted to the subreddit r/AmItheAssh*le on Monday, where she alleged that her daughter was ostracized by her homeroom teacher during lunch for her “foreign” food.
  • The homeroom teacher purportedly forced the Reddit user’s 6-year-old daughter to sit alone in a room during lunch for eating food such as persimmons.
  • After her daughter told her that the incident occurred multiple times each week, the Reddit user purportedly reported the teacher to the principal.
  • The user, who is Chinese, also stated that her husband did not believe their daughter and argued that teachers would have said something if their daughter’s story were true.
  • The post received over 14,000 upvotes and 971 comments where Reddit users reassured the mother that she is “not the assh*le” and did the right thing by reporting the teacher for “racism” and “abuse.”

A Chinese Reddit user shared a post to the subreddit r/AmItheAssh*le on Monday, where she alleged that her 6-year-old daughter was forced to eat in a separate room alone for bringing “foreign” and “smelly” food.

The user, u/sndyu, explained that her 6-year-old daughter is in second grade and had returned to school a few months ago after doing remote learning. Her daughter began “asking for pizza more” and did not want her usual packed lunches. When the user asked why she did not want to eat her “favorite foods” anymore, her daughter said that she wanted to sit with her classmates at lunch. The daughter then revealed that the teacher purportedly forced her to sit in another room alone as her “smelly foods” were “distracting” to the other students.

Chinese actor Fan Bingbing to make her first Korean drama appearance

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  • Fan Bingbing, one of China’s biggest film stars, is making her first ever K-drama appearance on “Insider,” an upcoming series from Korean television network JTBC.
  • JTBC stated they cannot yet reveal much about her role, as it reportedly ties closely to the show’s storyline.
  • “Insider” also stars Kang Ha-neul, who plays the role of Kim Yo-han, a judicial apprentice conducting an undercover investigation.
  • The action-thriller is set to be released in Korea this year.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is appearing in a K-drama for the first time. 

Fan recently completed shooting her scenes for a new South Korean series from television network JTBC titled “Insider,” reported Korea Herald