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Dangerous Ideas: China and the Risks of Scholarship

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May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022 at 7:00pm

What is the current intellectual climate in China and Hong Kong? How does the reality of surveillance and self-censorship for Chinese students impact American campuses?


Join Maya Wang, Senior China Researcher at Human Rights Watch, as she discusses the challenges and risks that Chinese and Hong Kong scholars and students face. This broad-ranging conversation will explore the history and current landscape of the intellectual climate in China and Hong Kong, how its challenges to open inquiry and academic freedom also impact American campuses, and the devastating conditions facing Uyghur scholars and thinkers. There will be ample time for audience questions.

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About the Speaker:

Maya Wang is the senior China researcher in the Asia division at Human Rights Watch. Wang has researched and written extensively on the use of torture, arbitrary detention, human rights defenders, civil society, disability rights, and women’s rights in China. She is also an expert on human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. In recent years, her original research on China’s use of technology for mass surveillance, including the use of biometrics, artificial intelligence, and big data, has helped galvanize international attention on these developments in China and globally. Wang has published on major international media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, ChinaFile, the Diplomat, the Guardian, and has been frequently quoted by international media including the New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg News, and the Associated Press.
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