Since last September when the Laogai Research Foundation established the Research Fellowship Grant to promote and support research focusing on human rights abuse in China, it has received a great number of applications from scholars and human right activists worldwide. After careful review and close consultation with outside experts, the Foundation’s Board of Directors has created a finalists list of nearly ten applicants. The average amount for each Fellowship recipient this year is close to USD10,000.
This year the Laogai Research Foundation has received applications from several organizations. Two of them have been granted a funding for the year of 2019.
On the website for the Laogai Research Foundation one will find that, following Professor Song Yongyi, two more prominent scholars have joined the Foundation’s new Board of Directors. They are Professor Xia Ming of the Graduate Center of CUNY and Dr. Chen Kuide of the Princeton China Initiative. Dr. Yang Fenshi, a musician from Chicago, has been elected Chaiperson of the Board. Besides, Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the incoming Communism Victims Museum, has also joined the Board of the Laogai Human Rights Foundation with administrative oversight over the Laogai Research Foundation. Two other members of the Laogai Human Rights Foundation are prominent union leader Jeff Fiedler and Dr. Gordon G. Chang, a China specialist.