Many of you know that before I retired I used to help the State Department/IIE administer the Fulbright program in mainland China. Like any job it had its negatives, but for the most part it was work I was very proud of – largely because I had mostly awesome grantees and could see evidence every day of how the work they/we were doing helped to improve understanding and relationships between two countries that otherwise were often very much at odds.
Well, under the guise of supporting demonstrators in HK, Trump slipped a little nugget into an executive order that will abolish the Fulbright program in China and HK. Like most other policies of this administration, it is insane and counter-productive. A group of alumni and supporters have started this petition, which also contains some follow up action points for US citizens. If you would be willing to sign/distribute through your networks, I would be most appreciative.