In an article in The New Republic, which reports on American politics and culture since 1914, Isaac Stone Fish reports on “The other political correctness; Why are American universities censoring themselves on China?” Basing himself on over a 100 interviews with academics, students and administrators, he sees a worrying prevalence of self-censorship regarding China. It limits debate and funnels students and academics away from topics that may displease the Chinese authorities. Fish argues that this not only weakens their scholarship, but also their negotiating power with Chinese authorities over access for research, conferences and academic collaboration with China. One might add it also weakens the position of Chinese scholars fighting to retain as much of their independence as they can.
July 15, 2019