Thinking About Home

Ever since students in China began pressing for democratic reforms last December, thousands of their compatriots studying at U.S. colleges and universities have closely watched their progress. Even so, the over 14,000 Chinese students in the U.S. kept mum about the demonstrations and the subsequent government crackdown. Last week the silence ended. While their fellow students in China protested the latest crackdown on reforms with their signatures, some 1,000 Chinese students in the U.S. made their feelings known in a dramatic and unprecedented gesture of their own: they signed an open letter to the Communist Party hierarchy questioning the government's tough...

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