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A main goal of the center is to connect local and national communities in China and the U.S. by providing a regular forum for dialogue among concerned citizens, opinion leaders, academic, business, media and foreign policy experts. This is being accomplished through conferences, workshops, industry roundtables, public lectures and cultural events that emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement.

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Upcoming Events

Susan Shirk on How China’s Actions Derailed its Peaceful Rise
Oct. 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT | Register for In-Person Event | Register for Zoom Webinar
For decades, China's rise to power was characterized by its reassurance that this rise would be peaceful. When Xi Jinping took power, something changed. In this talk, Susan Shirk reveals the dynamics driving China’s recent overreach. To counter it, she argues, the worst mistake the U.S. can make is to overreact.

Outsourcing Repression and State Power in China
Oct. 13, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT | Register for In-Person Event | Register for Zoom Webinar
Lynette H. Ong from the University of Toronto examines how the Chinese state uses agents from violent thugs to grassroots brokers to coerce and mobilize the masses.

Perverse Incentives and Air Pollution Regulation in China
Oct. 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT | Register for In-Person Event | Register for Zoom Webinar
How is China working to fight air pollution and stem environmental problems? Stanford’s Shiran Victoria Shen will share insights from her new book to talk about environmental regulation’s successes and failures in China.

Why Yan’an? Origins of China's Communist Revolution
Nov. 3, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT | Register for In-Person Event | Register for Zoom Webinar
How did the CCP succeed and Mao rise? Joseph Esherick will discuss this and more from his new book “Accidental Holy Land: The Communist Revolution in Northwest China.”

So Kwan Lok Distinguished Lecture: Are China’s Universities the Future?
Nov. 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. PST | Register for In-Person Event | Register for Zoom Webinar
Will China’s educational model pull ahead of America’s universities? Join William Kirby from Harvard University for a discussion of the rise of Chinese universities at the 2022 So Kwan Lok Distinguished Lecture.

CHINA Town Hall 2022
Nov. 16, 2022 at 4 p.m. PST | Register for In-Person Event | Register for Zoom Webinar
Join us to learn how U.S.-China Relations affect our local communities. Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman will share insights based on his experience as a diplomat to China, and our own Richard Madsen will delve deeper into the increasingly discordant narratives surrounding the American Dream and the China Dream.

Webinar Series

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Public Talks

The center hosts regular public talks by scholars, policy experts and practitioners, co-sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

Academic Conferences

The center hosts academic conferences where scholars meet to discuss their research and exchange ideas about future research collaboration.

Policy Dialogues

The center hosts policy briefings and dialogues where academics, government officials, policy experts, business and community leaders meet to discuss policy-relevant topics related to China and U.S.-China relations.

China Research Workshops

The lunch workshop series features new academic research by visiting scholars, graduate students and special guests. It is cosponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

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