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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

State Formation in China and Taiwan
Feb. 20, 2020 | Register
Julia Strauss, professor at the University of London, argues in her new book that accounting for the two variants of the Chinese state in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China solely in terms of their divergent ideology and institutions fails to recognize their similarities and their relative successes.

Contemporary Chinese Photography in Conversation
Mar. 6, 2020 | Register
Join us for a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibition "Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography" at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park starting March 7. Beginning with the innovations of the pioneering Chinese photographer Lang Jingshan (1892 –1995), the exhibition introduces eight contemporary neo-traditionalist artists who continue to explore the possibility of transformation, extension and reconstruction of the Chinese aesthetic tradition in a postmodern context.

Sokwanlok Lecture: A Journey Through Turbulent Times - China and America
Mar. 9, 2020 | Register
In the ninth Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, Weijian Shan, economist, investor and best-selling author will share his odyssey of living through the trauma and turmoil of Mao’s Cultural Revolution to become one of Asia’s most successful financiers. Combined with his experience as a professor at the Wharton School and a leading investor, his background gives him a unique perspective on China and the U.S. Shan’s story is one of courage, hope and perseverance to dream of a better future in dismal circumstances.

An improbable revolution: Hong Kong vs. China
Mar. 16, 2020 | Register
Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement has taken the world by storm, impressing and inspiring the global public with its energy, creativity and tenacity. Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociologist and chair of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, analyzes three “revolutionary” moments – re-imagining community, combating violence and global city diplomacy – all in reaction to an increasingly repressive and aggressive Chinese regime. The objective is to highlight breakthroughs already achieved and envision possible challenges ahead.

Upcoming Events Calendar

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.