NYU Shanghai ‘self-censoring’ on Hong Kong says faculty

Oct 20, 2019 by

School is back in session for NYU students in Shanghai, China, but one subject that won’t be on the syllabus is pro-democracy protests sweeping Hong Kong.NYU faculty in China and New York say

NYU faculty in China and New York say the issue is a third rail, particularly after the international imbroglio caused by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the demonstrators.

“Everyone is under a bit of a cloud of fear,” one faculty member who teaches at NYU’s sprawling 600,000-square-foot Shanghai campus told The Post. “We don’t walk around trembling like rodents, but there is a general idea that there are certain topics you don’t discuss.

“Most of us are on guard about what we say even when we talk about the weather,” the faculty member continued, saying that student protests at the Shanghai campus would be unthinkable.

“It would draw a lot of negative attention. It is everything that NYU Shanghai doesn’t want,” the staffer added. “We all learn over time how to self-censor.”

Since classes officially began on Sept. 2, both the Facebook and Twitter account for NYU Shanghai have made no mention of the protests making international headlines for months.

While students and teachers discuss the matter in private, the only known official airing was a panel organized by senior professor Jian Chen. Chen told The Post that the panel had been “off the record” and refused to disclose what was discussed.

Multiple students and faculty on the Shanghai campus also declined to discuss the issue with The Post.

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