To the Editor:
I am writing about Ms. Yaxue Cao’s letter in The Wellesley News, which continues to make false and defamatory statements against me. She also wrote Why Is a Math Professor at Wellesley So Hard Hitting against an Economics Professor Fired by Peking University. These articles contain false information, mischaracterization and political character assassination in a shocking fashion. It is clear that Ms. Cao continues to mislead Professor Thomas Cushman who has no expertise in China and does not read Chinese language.
Ms. Cao pretends to fight for freedom and democracy but that’s a complete joke. It is deplorable that she resorted to smear campaign by going after my background, especially my hometown connection in China. The tactic of these so called “freedom fighters” is the exactly the same tactic used by Communist Party propagandists.
As a victim in the Cultural Revolution, I have been a stronger supporter and advocate for freedom and democracy in China. In 1989, I wrote in The Christian Science Monitor to support pro-democracy students in China. It is utterly unbelievable that Ms. Cao tried to implicate that I am close to the Chinese government based on some web searches. According to another journalist, this is not her first time to feed a bogus story.
Making false and defamatory statements in print against a U.S. citizen carries serious consequences. Ms. Cao will be held accountable for spreading false information to readers of her website chinachange.org, to her 54,000 Twitter followers and to the Wellesley College community.
On July 30, 2014, Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly wrote to me: “You are a great ambassador for Wellesley. Thank you.” Ms. Cao has damaged my reputation, Wellesley College’s reputation and Professor Cushman’s reputation.
I will present my case against these ridiculous accusations in the court of law. I am confident that justice will prevail. As a math professor at Wellesley for 22 years and once Chair of Board of Admissions of the College, I am NOT a communist agent.
Professor of Mathematics
October 30, 2014