Opinion piece by Judd Kinzley: New federal proposals would lead to sharp declines in Chinese students coming to Wisconsin

Charles Xu of Beijing’s Tsinghua University was excited to be a Badger prior to arriving on campus for a pre-COVID19 summer experience.

An opinion piece on recent U.S. legislation affecting the ability of Chinese students to get visas to study in Wisconsin and elsewhere  was published June 13 by UW-Madison History Professor Judd Kinzley in The Cap Times. The essay discusses the “SECURE CAMPUS Act” currently before Congress, which Kinzley says will have a negative impact on Chinese student enrollment.

“As a faculty member who works closely with many Chinese students, we might not know it now, but we will collectively miss these students when they are gone. The fact is that Chinese students have made lasting contributions to the university and the state for more than a century, and we should all be speaking out on their behalf.”

Professor Kinzley, whose research focuses on modern China and Chinese border regions, also stressed the long history of Chinese students succeeding at UW-Madison.

“The university archive is filled with affectionate communications between scientists who returned to China and their advisers and classmates back in Wisconsin,” he writes. “These former Badgers served to promote powerful and enduring connections between China and Wisconsin that we all continue to benefit from through trade ties, intellectual engagement and ongoing business relationships.”


Read the full article at: https://madison.com/ct/opinion/column/judd-kinzley-new-federal-proposals-would-lead-to-sharp-declines-in-chinese-students-coming-to/article_7cf652da-633f-5743-82f3-ed1092aba01e.html#tracking-source=home-the-latest