The Hoover Project on China’s Global Sharp Power, the Asian American Scholar Forum, and the Committee of 100 held A Fresh Start: Safeguarding People, Rights, and Research Amid US-China Competition on Tuesday June 6, 2023, from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT at Hauck Auditorium and on Zoom. 

Intensifying US-China competition has put American colleges and universities–and specifically researchers, scientists, and scholars of Asian heritage–under a microscope. Against a backdrop of rising anti-Asian hate, recent efforts to protect US technology and research have resulted in pain and mistrust and infringed on civil rights and civil liberties.

In this event, leaders from Committee of 100, a non-profit organization of prominent Chinese Americans, and the Asian American Scholar Forum will join Hoover fellows to consider what went wrong, and explore how to work together to advance international collaboration and uphold civil rights and civil liberties while safeguarding America’s leadership in research, science, and technology and its other vital national interests.


Ambassador Gary Locke is Chair of Committee of 100, a non-profit leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans formed in 1990. The organization’s dual mission is to promote the full participation of all Chinese Americans in American society and advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. Ambassador Locke currently serves as the President of Bellevue College in Washington State. In his distinguished career, Ambassador Locke served as the Governor for the State of Washington (1997-2005), Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce (2009-2011) and U.S. Ambassador to China (2011-2014).

Gisela Perez Kusakawa is the founding executive director of the Asian American Scholar Forum, an organization that endeavors to protect the rights of Asian Americans and immigrants and promote academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all. She has been a trailblazer and expert on policy and advocacy on anti-profiling, national security, and civil rights, having spearheaded coalition work to end the Department of Justice's China Initiative, and appeared on multiple media publications such as NBC News, Science, NPR and MIT Technology Review. Kusakawa is a civil rights attorney who serves on multiple non-profit boards and has received the NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellowship for her public interest work. Kusakawa is admitted to practice law at the District of Columbia and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Glenn Tiffert is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He co-chairs the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power and works closely with government and civil society partners to document and build resilience against authoritarian interference with democratic institutions. Most recently, he co-authored Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks in Research Collaboration with China (2021).

Larry Diamond is the William L. Clayton Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. He is also professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology at Stanford. He co-chairs the Hoover Institution’s programs on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region.

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