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Human Research EthicsChina’s ‘Long Arm’ – Inside Higher ED (Elizabeth Redden | January 2018)

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China’s ‘Long Arm’ – Inside Higher ED (Elizabeth Redden | January 2018)

Published/Released on January 03, 2018 | Posted by Admin on January 7, 2018 / , , , , , ,
 


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Scholars and political leaders describe increasing concerns about Chinese government influence over teaching and research in the U.S. and Australia.

Two times in Kevin Carrico’s six years of teaching he’s been approached by students from China who told him that things they said in his classroom about sensitive subjects somehow made their way to their parents back home.

Like the 2017 reports about Cambridge initially bowing to pressure from Chinese officials and temporarily removing access to some academic papers, this discussion piece relates to institutional conflicts of interest and economic+political pressure taking precedence over academic freedom

The first time it happened, when Carrico was teaching at a university in the United States, a student informed him that a presentation he’d given about the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 had been reported to his father in China, where the father held a position in government. “This was a situation where the father’s superiors — I wasn’t given a lot of specifics — but his superiors mentioned this to him and raised this as something that [the father] should know about, supposedly,” said Carrico, who’s now a lecturer in Chinese studies at Australia’s Macquarie University.
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The second time, which happened after Carrico moved to Australia, a student told him that a class presentation she’d given on self-immolation in Tibet had been reported to her parents in China.
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