关于我们 | About Us
【注】我们使用“中国(留)学生”这个词汇来包括持有学生签证 的中国留学生和身在海外、自我定义为中国学生但并非留学生 的群体。
Founded in 2020, Chinese Students and Activists (CSA) Network is a space for Chinese international students and activists based in North America to meet, connect and collaborate. We aim to support those who are interested in social justice movements through grassroots organizing and capacity building.
为何是我们，为何要现在｜Why Us and Why Now?
As long as Chinese international students have been in the US, we have always been part of movements for justice– both in the United States and in China.
Every year, thousands of Chinese international students study abroad in the US and other countries, in the hopes of learning new skills and perspectives that can be applied to make life better for our loved ones back home. As China has developed rapidly in the last few decades and increasingly asserts its economic, political, and military leadership in the region and globally, there have been increased tensions between China and the United States, all of which have real impacts for Chinese, Chinese American, and people of Asian descent.
In the US, more than 2500 reported cases of hate incidents against Asian Americans by whites and other people of color have been reported just in the last year, stoked by COVID-19 racism and escalated tensions around trade and the global economy. As a result, this last year has also politicized many Chinese international students. From experiencing direct or indirect incidents of racism to becoming inspired by the recent Black Lives Matters protests, many of us are interested in social justice work in the US. However, there has not been a “bridge” for us to enter the Asian American organizing community and/or broader social movements in the US.
We are not pro-China and we are not pro-United States. We believe that much of the tensions between the US and China do not serve the people in both countries. It is clear that the left-right paradigm is woefully inadequate to address economic, climate and health crises in the 21st century — and what we need is a new path for Chinese international students, the Chinese immigrant community, the Asian American community, working class people of color, Indigenous communities and white progressives and liberals to build something new.
This space prioritizes building the leadership and relationships between Chinese international students and activists. We hope you will join us!