Wrong to kid­nap good in­ten­tions with pa­tri­o­tism

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - HUS­BAND AND WIFE,

Tian­qiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, do­nated $115 mil­lion to Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy on Dec 6. As long as their do­na­tion can be prop­erly used in sci­en­tific re­searches sig­nif­i­cant for hu­man be­ings, the crit­i­cism of their “trea­son” is un­fair and ground­less, com­mented the South­ern Metropo­lis Daily on Thursday.

The Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy said the cou­ple’s do­na­tion will be spent build­ing a neu­ro­science in­sti­tute, with the aim of deep­en­ing un­der­stand­ing of how the brain works. Although they could do­nate to Chi­nese re­search in­sti­tutes, CIT has a long history and oc­cu­pies a lead­ing po­si­tion in bi­ol­ogy and neu­ro­science stud­ies. CIT is ob­vi­ously a more ra­tio­nal choice, as it can di­rectly use the money in break­through re­searches, and it has a strong re­search ca­pac­ity in brain science.

Chen and Luo founded Shanda In­ter­ac­tive En­ter­tain­ment Lim­ited in 1999, which went on to be­come the largest on­line en­ter­tain­ment de­vel­oper and pub­lisher in China. They are long­time phi­lan­thropists who have pro­vided fund­ing to­ward med­i­cal pro­grams for chil­dren in China and Mon­go­lia, sup­ported ed­u­ca­tion for un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies, and con­trib­uted to dis­as­ter re­lief and re­build­ing ef­forts in China.

Through col­lab­o­ra­tions with top global uni­ver­si­ties, the Tian­qiao and Chrissy Chen In­sti­tute at CIT will fo­cus on three ar­eas: brain dis­cov­ery, treat­ment, and devel­op­ment. This gift to Cal­tech rep­re­sents the first in­vest­ment in this ini­tia­tive.

“We chose Cal­tech as our first part­ner not just for their strong rep­u­ta­tion as a lead­ing re­search in­sti­tu­tion, but also for the ad­mi­ra­tion in their nat­u­ral align­ment with Shanda’s cul­ture, which is fo­cused on cre­at­ing ex­cel­lence and dis­cov­ery,” said Luo.

There is no bor­der in the world of science. Chen and Luo have the right to choose who they give their money to. It is nar­row-minded to kid­nap their good in­ten­tions with pa­tri­o­tism. Many re­search re­sults orig­i­nat­ing from pres­ti­gious in­sti­tutes and uni­ver­si­ties ben­e­fit the whole world.

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