MIAMI — Some 200 people protested at the Torch of Friendship here Dec. 16 against discriminatory anti-Chinese laws adopted in Florida and 13 other states. Laura Anderson, right, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress, joined the action, meeting Lichun Li, a professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
“More than 280 faculty members at the University of Florida have signed a petition asking the university to clarify language that says Chinese students can’t enter any laboratory without a special permit that can take six months to get,” Li said. “Do we really have academic freedom to talk to scientists around the world about nonsensitive subjects? We have to speak up for ourselves.”