Trump’s flunkies are purging Chinese-Americans from cancer fresearch

Xifeng Wu, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist

The NIH and the FBI are targeting ethnic Chinese scientists, including U.S. citizens, searching for a cancer cure. Here’s the first account of what happened to Xifeng Wu.

❝ In recent decades, cancer research has become increasingly globalized, with scientists around the world pooling data and ideas to jointly study a disease that kills almost 10 million people a year. International collaborations are an intrinsic part of the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Moonshot program, the government’s $1 billion blitz to double the pace of treatment discoveries by 2022. One of the program’s tag lines: “Cancer knows no borders.”

❝ Except, it turns out, the borders around China. In January, Wu, an award-winning epidemiologist and naturalized American citizen, quietly stepped down as director of the Center for Public Health and Translational Genomics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after a three-month investigation into her professional ties in China. Her resignation, and the departures in recent months of three other top Chinese American scientists from Houston-based MD Anderson, stem from a Trump administration drive to counter Chinese influence at U.S. research institutions. The aim is to stanch China’s well-documented and costly theft of U.S. innovation and know-how. The collateral effect, however, is to stymie basic science, the foundational research that underlies new medical treatments. Everything is commodified in the economic cold war with China, including the struggle to find a cure for cancer.

I confronted this crap for over twenty-five years. Nothing as sensational as cancer research; but, still, working for American firms that relied on Asian design improvements and production smarts you get the party line on intellectual “theft” forever. It ain’t theft if you’re willing to sign a contract handing over whatever technology concerned because you’re out to make a buck like every one of your competitors. No one twists your arm or holds your children hostage to sign a contract. “Here’s the terms! Want to do business or not?”

There’s always a quid pro quo in so-called “intellectual property theft” and it always comes down to the almighty dollar.

What we’re witnessing now is the inevitable resurgence of McCarthyism in all its racist stink. It’s always been part of populism American-style.

2 thoughts on “Trump’s flunkies are purging Chinese-Americans from cancer fresearch

  1. Footnote says:

    The largest mass lynching in the United States took place in Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 1871, when 18 Chinese men and boys were dragged from their homes and summarily hanged or shot by a mob, nearly 500 strong, that included some of the city’s leading citizens. In 1882, with the enactment of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinese workers were barred from entering the United States and all Chinese persons living in the country were required to register with the federal government. The law, which was subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court, flatly banned anyone of Chinese origin from becoming a naturalized citizen.

    • p/s says:

      On March 14, 1891 eleven Italian Americans were murdered, mostly by shooting, in New Orleans, Louisiana by a mob for their alleged role in the murder of a police chief after some of them had been acquitted at trial.,_1891_New_Orleans_lynchings
      On January 28, 1918 outside the village of Porvenir in Presidio County, Texas, Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and local ranchers killed 15 unarmed Mexican villagers, both men and boys. Despite having no evidence that the Porvenir villagers were involved in recent thefts or the killings of ranchers, the Rangers separated fifteen men and boys from the rest of the village and shot them on a nearby hill.
      Lynching is the practice of murder by a group of people by extrajudicial action. It’s unlikely historians will ever know just how many lynchings happened throughout the history of the U.S., as many likely went unreported, or were not classified as lynchings in documentation at the time. However, the sheer number of those that are on the books is staggering—according to the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) 2015 report, Lynching in America, more than 4,000 black people were publicly murdered in the U.S. between 1877 and 1950.
      An interactive map provides a detailed look at almost every documented lynching between the 1830s and 1960s.

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