Distressing campus news.

The Eastman Philharmonia is due to tour eight cities in China more than 12 days in December. But not the entire orchestra. Two students from South Korea have been denied visas.

‘”We have been all of a sudden caught proper in the middle of this. It was truly a difficult selection to make,’ said Jamal Rossi, Dean of the Eastman College of Music. ‘Do we discontinue the tour devoid of the valued colleagues or do we nonetheless go forward?’

He decided to go ahead.


Was that the proper selection?

Does it not show a lack of solidarity and a willingness to buckle to political stress? Are China ties extra useful than Korean students? This opens a big can of worms for US universities.