NYU, China, and Chen Guangcheng

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jerome Cohen, professor of law at New York University School of Law, an expert in Chinese law, and a senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the status of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's fellowship at NYU, and Chen's allegations that Chinese officials are pressuring the university to force him to leave. Jerome Cohen helped arrange Chen's fellowship and has worked with him during his time at NYU.

Comments [12]


I think Mr. Guangcheng should be grateful that he received the VERY generous support he did. It is really a shame that he and his publicity machine should turn on NYU in this way . . . looks like good old greed has taken over from his commitment to human rights. If Fordham would like to continue his gravy train, good luck to them. I'm sure the students paying tuition there would appreciate that budget allocation.

Jun. 18 2013 11:17 AM
Nick from UWS

What the hell did Cohen's last answer have to do with Edward Snowden? Was Brian's question that incomprehensible? Why is it so rare to hear a direct answer to a direct question?

Jun. 18 2013 10:48 AM
pliny from soho

his beef with the Chinese government
was over the one child policy.
Does earth really need another billion mouths to feed?

Jun. 18 2013 10:45 AM
Guy from NYC

The bottom line is that what NYU and other US universities are "excited" about is the money to be made by hosting wealthy Chinese students here and building infrastructure there.

But this issue is complicated, from the rampant cheating by Chinese students on tests like the SAT and GRE to the fact that "cooperation" often seems to held as an opportunity by these universities without dealing with the reality that the PRC is a Leninist authoritarian government that restricts its citizens' freedoms, puts its people in labor camps, threatens the safety of its neighbors, etc.

Jun. 18 2013 10:44 AM
Tony from Canarsie

I suppose this means NYU won't be giving Chen Guangcheng a multi-million dollar loan for a second home? /snark

Jun. 18 2013 10:43 AM

LOL. Way to push your agenda in the face of a completely unrelated question.

Jun. 18 2013 10:43 AM
Ryan from New York, NY

You going to talk about NYU giving loans to faculty to rent homes in the Hamptons?

If not today, talk about it soon.

I'm an NYU alum and I can't believe I am still paying students loans to a school that operates this way. I am increasingly ashamed of where I got my education

Jun. 18 2013 10:42 AM
Guy from NYC

Cohen's account seems respectable. But it is also reasonable to discount Dr. Cohen's testimony because he is compromised by his employment at NYU.
It is possibly the case that the PRC wants Chen out of the way, so would want to keep him in the US. But can't you push deeper Brian, to ask about the pressures brought by the Chinese govt. on US universities who want to do business in China? This possibility can't be dismissed out of hand.

Jun. 18 2013 10:38 AM

john from office/"How do I get this deal??"

Uh, do something super brave?

Jun. 18 2013 10:34 AM


NYU Abu Dhabi

Jun. 18 2013 10:32 AM
john from office

Wow, this was such a feel good story, that turned into a he said she said story. How long did Mr. Guangcheng expect the free ride to last?? He had a stipend and a nice apartment in the village come on! How do I get this deal??

NYU learned that the loud mouth activist is just that, a loud mouth activist.Even Mr. Cohen is ducking for cover.

Jun. 18 2013 07:33 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Mr. Chen is one of the great human rights advocates of our time, I hope he ends up at Fordham!

Jun. 18 2013 05:52 AM

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