To create a forum for scholars, researchers and students with interests in any aspect of contemporary China, the East Asia Program launched the Cornell Contemporary China Initiative in Fall 2014. In response to widely expressed needs and interests related to contemporary China across and beyond Cornell campus, CCCI invites excellent speakers to the university to give talks on an array of interdisciplinary issues about contemporary Chinese economy, politics and society. CCCI expands EAP’s intellectual engagement with a wide range of Cornell faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, including those in the professional schools and STEM fields, in an active endeavor to reach across colleges and disciplinary boundaries and interact with a broader constituency at the university.


Recent Submissions

  • The Rise of “National Heritage” in Modern China 

    Lai, Guolong (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2017-09-11)
    Guolong Lai, Associate Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, University of Florida - As a national cultural policy, heritage preservation was introduced into China from the West as part of the modernizing efforts under ...
  • To Speak Is to Blunder but I Venture 

    Li, Yiyun (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2017-02-27)
    Yiyun Li, Professor of English, UC Davis - Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, the first nonfiction book by novelist and short story writer Yiyun Li, explores a life lived in reading and writing, with a ...
  • Urbanization and Children of Migrants in China 

    Chan, Kam Wing (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2018-09-24)
    Professor Kam Wing Chan, Professor of Geography, University of Washington - China’s population is rapidly aging. In recent years, the proportion of China's working-age population has been declining, and the society will ...
  • Sinicizing Tibetan Buddhism? Recent Developments in Beijing's Tibet Policy 

    Carlson, Allen (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2019-03-04)
    Allen Carlson, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University - In recent months China’s detention centers in Xinjiang have attracted considerable attention. However, the challenge in Tibet to China’s leaders is ...
  • The Politics of Relocation: Demolition and Resettlement in Shanghai and Mumbai 

    Frazier, Mark (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2019-02-11)
    Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics, Director of India China Institute, The New School - Shanghai’s record of massive and rapid urban transformation in the 1990s and 2000s has been the envy of many urban planners and city ...
  • The Idological Foundations of the Qing Fiscal State 

    Zhang, Taisu (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2019-04-15)
    Taisu Zhang, Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School - Professor Zhang provides a new account of Qing fiscal legislation and policymaking that focuses on the interplay between political ideology and state institutions. ...
  • The Urbanization of People: Politics of Development, Labor Markets, and Schooling in the Chinese City 

    Friedman, Eli (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2019-02-18)
    Eli Friedman, International and Comparative Labor, Cornell University - This talk is centrally concerned with identifying the mechanisms that China’s megacities have used to manage the flow of people, investigating the ...
  • How China Sees Trump: Past Lessons and Future Prospects for US-China Relations 

    Weiss, Jessica Chen (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2017-03-20)
    Jessica Chen Weiss, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University - So far the Chinese government has taken a relatively restrained response to Trump, preferring to wait and see what his administration’s policies ...
  • Governing the Airpocalypse - Insights from China's "War on Smog" 

    Ahlers, Anna (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2020-03-09)
    Anna L. Ahlers, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science - For about a decade now air pollution is probably the most hotly debated environmental problem in Chinese society. The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and ...
  • The Pork Fix: African Swine Fever and the Opportunity of Crisis in China's Pork Industry 

    Schneider, Mindi (East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2020-02-17)
    Mindi Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University - The year 2019 left no question about the importance of pork in Chinese politics and society, and in the operation of the ...

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