My name is Joyce Xi and I’m the daughter of Xiaoxing Xi. My father, a Chinese American physics professor, has been charged by the federal government for scheming to defraud a U.S. company by passing its technology secrets to China. However, he has actually never passed any American company’s technology secrets to China.
My father is a law abiding and decent American citizen, who loves his family, his work, and his country, the U.S. He has always taught my sister and me to act with integrity in everything we do. He is passionate about his research and works very hard to contribute to his university and country through scientific pursuits.
My father believes collaborating with others is essential for scientific discovery and improving our understanding for how the world around us works. In his academic research, he interacts with many labs in the U.S. and other countries around the world, including China, and this has been used against him.
Leading scientific experts and one of the inventors of the company technology himself support the claim that my father did not offer to share this technology with China, and that the government’s claims are factually wrong. The emails cited in the indictment were part of normal academic collaborations that involved completely different technologies. We have full confidence in the American legal system and firmly believe that my father will be completely exonerated. He has excellent lawyers working hard in his defense.
However, the legal fees are very expensive and already piling up rapidly. This situation was totally unexpected for our family, and we certainly don’t have the means to pay for it all. So I am asking for your help. We are seeking support for my father’s defense so that he can continue to afford legal representation and seek justice.
We also fully understand that there is more than my father’s fate at stake. Many others could face the same situation as his if commonplace activities in science and technology become crimes, and if the academic freedom of professors and everyday rights of citizens of all races, ethnicities, or national origins are not protected.
We greatly appreciate any donations to the Xiaoxing Xi Legal Defense Fund. This experience has been incredibly difficult for everyone in our family, and we just hope that my father is treated fairly and justice is served. Thanks very much you for your support.
LETTER FROM JOYCE