Who is Zhihao Kong? Chinese Purdue student who wants to keep low profile

Who is Zhihao Kong? Zhihao Kong is a doctoral student in civil engineering in Purdue University who was born on 1995 in China. His harassment reports have garnered national attention recently – especially after Purdue President Mitch Daniels addressed the issue this week – says he wants to keep a low profile.

A 26 years old Zhihao Kong said Friday he has been criticizing the Chinese Communist Party since before the pandemic started but his dissents then did not draw much attention.

He started to become more public during the pandemic, he told the Exponent, publishing a video condemning the CCP and an open letter appealing to students to not join the CCP. The letter circulated, which he said led to verbal intimidation and cyberbullying by his peers.

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Zhihao Kong Wiki, Age, Girlfriend, family, and more

NameZhihao Kong
Real NameZhihao Kong
Age26 years
Date of Birth1995
Birth PlaceChina
GenderMale
ProfessionStudent
ReligionN/A
Zodiac sign/Sun signN/A
NationalityChinease-American
CollegePurdue University
Education QualificationCivil Engineering
Martial StatusSingle
GirlfriendSoon Update

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Zhihao Kong Full Story

ProPublica, an investigative journalism outlet, reached out to Kong and other Chinese students from US universities. A friend of a fellow dissident contacted Kong about the project, and Kong decided to tell his story to spread awareness among unfamiliar audiences.

“For me, it’s not the news,” Kong said of why he decided to take the risk, but “… because I believe the mainstream society in the US may not know such a thing, that some Chinese disagree with other Chinese and they are trying to hurt the other group by reporting to the authorities in China.

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“This is always happening (in China).”

The article was published on Nov. 30, and since then Kong has been contacted by Chinese media outlets, whom he refused because he wants the matter to quiet down.

Two weeks later, on Wednesday, Daniels released a campuswide email condemning Kong’s harassers.

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Kong said he didn’t know Daniels was to release a statement until an associate dean of students reached out to him the week before, telling him that Daniels planned to do so.

“In that email, if he didn’t refer to that article, not so many people will know this, will know my name,” Kong said.

Online petitions have since been created. The petitions differ in responses regarding the letter, though, with one supporting Daniel’s message, calling for retribution for Kong’s harassers, and the other criticizing the email, calling for a thorough investigation.

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Jonathan Schwartz, a student in the College of Science, started a petition on change.org, demanding the expulsion of the students who allegedly harassed Kong. Schwartz is a stranger to Kong, Kong said, but he appreciated the support.

“Kong has had the courage to speak up for freedom; it’s time for lovers of freedom to stand up for Kong,” Schwartz said in the petition. “The identities of Kong’s harassers need to be discovered and President Daniels needs to be held to his word. These students must not be allowed to continue to attend Purdue University.”

The petition asked for 5,000 signatures, and in its two-day reign, it has garnered more than 5,800 as of Friday afternoon. Many of the responses seemed to be in support of Daniel’s defense of free speech.

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“Freedom of speech is both an extremely important part of our Constitution as a nation. As Purdue students, we also agreed to allow the free sharing of ideas even if harmful or offensive to our own beliefs,” user Rein Landsberg posted on the website. “A person living in America should have no fear that what they say could harm their families and anyone who thinks they should has no place (in) this institution or country.”

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Who is Zhihao Kong?

Zhihao Kong is a doctoral student in civil engineering in Purdue University who was born on 1995 in China. His harassment reports have garnered national attention recently – especially after Purdue President Mitch Daniels addressed the issue this week – says he wants to keep a low profile.

What is the age of Zhihao Kong?

26 Years old

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