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Shanghai Jiao Tong University Recruits Communist Party Members from Haigui

"Haigui," or sea turtle, is a Chinese language slang term for Chinese people who have returned to mainland China after having studied abroad for several years. 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a top public research facility in Shanghai, has stepped up efforts to recruit haigui. Currently the Ph.D. haigui faculty members account for 12.8 percent of the teaching positions. At the same time, the Chinese Communist Party committee of the university has made recruiting Party members from haigui a “strategic priority.” The committee regularly sends Party members to talk with haigui faculty members so as to “understand their thoughts”; have CCP faculty members “partner with” the haigui so as to exert daily influence; and carry out training session for the haigui to “help them understand the country, the Party, the city, and the university.” In the last two years, 6 haigui professors have joined the Party.

Source: People’s Daily, May 5, 2011