Neo-racism and the Criminalization of China




Chinese students, China, neoracism, racism


This essay argues that neo-racism undermines the U.S.’s role as a global leader in higher education, considering the risks to public health, personal freedoms, and rights. With the rise of national protectionism, universities are and must remain international. Knowledge is fundamentally borderless, and yet higher education is being bordered by neo-racism. Neo-racist barriers to international migration, collaboration, and exchange limit higher education as well as our universities. Neo-racism limits our freedoms, it limits our rights, and now limits our ability to respond to COVID-19 effectively. Neo-racist barriers must be called out and addressed.

Author Biography

Jenny J. Lee, University of Arizona, USA

Jenny J. Lee is a professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. Professor Lee's research examines how policies, geopolitics, and social forces shape inequities in higher education, in the US and abroad. Her forthcoming edited book, “U.S. Power in International Higher Education,” to be published by Rutgers University Press, will be released mid-2021.


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How to Cite

Lee, J. (2020). Neo-racism and the Criminalization of China. Journal of International Students, 10(4), i-vi.