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A Report on A Serious Plagiarism Case Against Shi-min Fang

23 October 2010

The following is a letter by No.1 Chinese fraud buster Yi Ming (亦明), an academic in America who is also specialised in busting fraud fraud buster - Zachary Burton's watchdog (or running dog) in China, namely Shimin-Fang. The letter, reporting on a serious plagiarism offence committed by Fang while he was a student at Michigan State University in 1995, is addressed to the authority of the university and has also been posted on

by Yi Ming

Dear Doctors:

Shimin Fang (aka Fang Zhouzi), a Ph. D. student in the department of Biochemistry at Michigan State University, during 1990 to 1995, has been a controversial figure in China for about 10 years. On the one hand, he is called a China's Fraud Buster by some leading western journals, on the other hand, many Chinese scholars have found his so called a fraud busting activity is nothing but a path to get fame, monetary profit, and to avenge personal enemies. One such example has been well documented in one of my books (in Chinese), The Feud between Drs. Fang Zhouzi and Xiao Chuanguo, which will be published in China soon.

In this letter, I'd like to bring your attention to another aspect of Dr. Fang, his plagiarism activity. Dr. Fang has been accused of plagiarism for many times in China, the earliest incidence was reported to Science magazine by Dr. Xiao Chuanguo in 2001 (thus the feud started). However, while doing research on Dr. Fang, I have discovered an even earlier case of his plagiarism.

In 1995, Fang wrote an essay in Chinese and published it on the internet and kept it in Fang Zhouzi's Collected Poetry and Essays on his website. That essay was almost a word-for-word translation of Dr. R. Root-Bernstein's paper, but Fang never acknowledged that fact. According to MSU Graduate School's Guidelines for Integrity in Research and Creative Activities, plagiarism is defined as an appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. (see: []). I'm presenting to you evidence to demonstrate that Dr. Fang did commit an act of plagiarism while he was a student of your school. (see attachment 1.)

Please note that stealing other people's articles is a constant and habitual behavior of Fang's. I have attached two papers to this email to illustrate this point. The articles were written by Dr. Liu Huajia of Beijing University, and Dr. Liao Junlin of University of Iowa, in 2006 and 2009, respectively, which give detailed accounts of two separate cases. (see attachments 2-3.) These cases are examples that Dr. Fang writes his Chinese articles, which is his only income source in China, by directly translate an English articles.

It is well known that reputation is the life of any academic institutions, and integrity is at the core of reputation. Obviously, the reputation of MSU is tarnished by what Dr. Fang has been doing, at least to many Chinese overseas scholars it is so, that's why I write to you.

I can be contacted by email, or you can call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Thanks for your attention.

Sincerely yours,


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A True Story Told by a Chinese Monk:

There are many stalls in streets of the Watery Town, one such stall is owned by Mr Li, selling fake brand shoes. The funny thing is whenever he finds someone else selling the same brand shoes, he would dash forward, accusing the seller of selling fake brands, for that he has made quite a few enemies in the town. But he keeps doing so. One day Old Chen asked Mr Li why he had to be so foolishly brutal, Li replied confidentially, “Well, you see, if I fight against the fake products so publicly, no one will suspect I might do the same thing."

Multipletext: Sounds familiar? Yeah, you bet. Mr Li must have taught Shi-min Fang quite a few tricks.

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