Producer 1990 Institute “Beyond the Conversation Webinar” on May 27, 2021

This panel was presented by the 1990 Institute and the University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute. At this moment, Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. The future of this group will be important to America’s leadership in business and trade, in science and technology, and as a global power. The response of our government to the rise of China as a superpower has had repercussions on Asian Americans, who have contributed to America’s global competitiveness.


Gordon H. Chang: Senior Associate Vice Provost and Professor of Humanities, Stanford University

Clay Dube (Moderator): Director of the USC U.S.-China Institute  

Margaret K. Lewis: Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law

Peter Leroe-Muñoz: General Counsel, SVP, at Silicon Valley Leadership Group 

00:00 Introduction by Grace Yu (Vice Chair of the 1990 Institute)

02:25 Clay Dube, Moderator

8:39 Introduction to Gordon H. Chang

10:18 Gordon H. Chang

22:06 Introduction to Margaret Lewis

23:38 Margaret Lewis

32:33 Introduction to Peter Leroe-Muñoz

33:57 Peter Leroe-Muñoz

41:40 Discussion: How the U.S. can be more confident and less fearful and the cost of fear

52:31 Discussion: How to talk about U.S.-China relations while not adding to the demonization of China and Asian Americans

59:27 Margaret Lewis on perceptions

1:02:54 Discussion: Benefiting from cooperation and reducing risk

1:10:10 Closing Remarks

Publish Date: May 27, 2021, Updated on June 4, 2021
Reference Materials 


Looking At The U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative, by USC U.S.-China institute, 2021

Scientists in the Crosshairs: How to Avoid getting snared in the U.S. crackdown on ‘China Ties’, a video by SupChina, November 10, 2020

Visa Restrictions & Lawsuits: Chinese students under fire, comments by Frank Wu, President of Queens College, NYC, for U.S.-China-Insight, a National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) program, July 15, 2020

High Stakes for Higher Education, an NCUSCR webinar featuring Frank Wu discussing the impact the coronavirus and the U.S. Department of Justice’s China Initiative will have on higher education and the future of Chinese students in the United States, July 1, 2020

The Human and Scientific Costs of the “China Initiative”, APAPA,  A four-part webinar on the China Initiative by American Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), 2020-2021


Margaret Lewis on ethnic profiling in the DOJ’s China Initiatives, Sinica Podcast, May 13, 2021

Ryan Hass on his new book, ‘Stronger’, Sinica Podcast, March 25, 2021

Was the U.S. sleeping through the China rise?, The World, June 5, 2020


Gang Chen’s case should be the end of the DOJ’s ‘China Initiative,’ by Margaret K. Lewis, published on SupChina Foreign Affairs, January 26, 2021

Information About the Department Of Justice’s China Initiative and a Compilation of China-Related Prosecution Since 2018 | Department Of Justice 2021

The Global AI Talent Tracker,  by MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute

America’s got AI Talents: US’ Big Lead in AI research is Built on Importing Researchers , the report by MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute, June 9, 2020

Letter to President-Elect Joe Biden regarding the China Initiative, organized by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Brennan Center for Justice, and APA Justice, January 5, 2021

One lesson the U.S. can learn from China to improve its technology development, Brookings Institution article about learning from the Chinese about improving competitiveness in the technology area, January 19, 2021

8 Groundbreaking Contributions by Asian Americans Through History, History Channel, March 31, 2021

The Sino-American Race for Technology Leadership, by Ferial Ara Saeed, published on War on the Rocks & Texas National Security Review, April 23, 2021

Book: The Scientist and the Spy: A true Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage, by Mara Hvistendahl, published on February 4th, 2020 by Riverhead Books

 Teacher Resources

The Rise of AI in China | PBS learning Media (three part series) Grades 9-12

The Impact of Technology | PBS Learning Media (two-part series) Grades 9-12

Choosing a STEM career | PBS Learning Media Grades 6-8, 9-12

U.S.-China Trade Tensions | Choices Program, Brown University

McCarthyism | Asian American Advancing Justice Lesson Plan, Grades 7-12

Speakers Recommendations  

Book recommendby Margaret Lewis: Stonger, by Ryan Hass, published on March 9, 2021 by Yale University Press. Excerpt description on “…Hass makes the case that the United States will have greater success in outpacing China economically and outshining it in questions of governance if it focuses more on improving its condition at home than on trying to impede Chinese initiatives. He argues that the task at hand is not to stand in China’s way and, in the process, turn a rising power into an enemy but to renew America’s advantages in its competition with China.”

Book recommend by Gordon H. Chang: The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of Alien in America, by Beth Lew-Williams, published on February 26, 2018 by Harvard University Press. Excerpt description on “…By locating the origins of the modern American alien in this violent era, Lew-Williams recasts the significance of Chinese exclusion in U.S. history. As The Chinese Must Go makes clear, anti-Chinese law and violence continues to have consequences for today’s immigrants. The present resurgence of xenophobia builds mightily upon past fears of the “heathen Chinaman.”


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