Global China Studies: Understanding China from multiple perspectives

Global China Studies regularly holds lectures and international workshops, to which it invites scholars from various disciplines.

International experts presented their findings at the International Workshop on Long Term Elderly Care.

A live performance by the speaker Ms SHEN Yili of a scene taken from The Peony Pavilion(《牡丹亭》) during her lecture.

The training programmes of Global China Studies could be held at the newly established CLASS Interdisplinary Multi-function Room.

With its rapid economic growth over the last three decades, China has become increasingly important around the world. It is important for us to explore China in terms of the trend of globalisation given its increasing interactions and exchanges with different regions. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at CityU launched an ambitious Global China Studies (GCS) project in early 2015. GCS relies on the current expertise within CLASS and promotes inter-department and inter-college collaboration across the University to make research more efficient.

Exploring the connections between China and the world from multiple perspectives

As a flagship project of CLASS, GCS seeks to foster a distinctive identity and build its international reputation in three areas. First, GCS aims to engage in cross-disciplinary, cutting-edge research to promote the understanding of China as a global marvel; to analyse social, economic and cultural developments in China and their connectivity with the world; and to produce knowledge about the transnational processes and international institutions involving China. Second, it aims to build a gateway for the transfer of knowledge and dissemination of information about China to local communities in Hong Kong and beyond. Third, it aims to make itself an academic hub for China scholars in Asia and around the world for the purpose of research collaboration. To achieve such goals, GCS has conducted various activities such as serial lectures, academic workshops, research publications, preparation for executive/ civil servant training and collaboration with overseas and mainland Chinese universities on joint PhD programmes.

Rich research activities

Thus far, 12 lectures (see the table on page 10 for details) have been organised for GCS. Furthermore, five academic workshops have been held on such as computational communication, Chinese minority and anti-corruption governance. The GCS activities have resulted in various research outputs including two edited books: Handbook on Minorities in China (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar), edited by Professor Xiaowei ZANG, which examines the core concepts, theories and methodologies of the study of ethnic minorities in China; and Routledge Handbook of Corruption in Asia (London, UK: Taylor & Francis Ltd), edited by Professors GONG Ting and Ian SCOTT, which focuses on the theories, policies and development trends of anti-corruption governance, compares corruption causes and characteristics across different political, economic and cultural societies in Asian regions and seeks effective anti-corruption policies.

In June 2016, GCS along with Public Administration and Development (PAD) co-organised an international workshop titled "The Quality of Governance in China and Beyond" Selected papers presented at the workshop will be published in a special issue of PAD, edited by honorary editor Paul COLLINS and Professors Gong Ting and Hon S. CHAN of CityU after a regular review process. This special issue will enrich the understanding of China for international scholars.

A gateway between the scholarly community and society

Five scholars from various disciplines in CLASS, including Professors Xiaowei Zang, LI Hsiao-ti, Hon S Chan, Jonathan ZHU and Gong Ting, have formed a committee to manage GCS. As the coordinator, Professor Gong is in charge of the daily activities of the project. "It has obtained strong support from various stakeholders and led to good progress in research, academic exchange and outreaching activities", said Professor Gong. She considers GCS a gateway to connect academic research with societal needs through training programmes and other activities, thereby benefiting the general public and contributing to public-sector decision making and social development. Professor Gong added, "We are going to broaden our platform and look forward to the active involvement in GCS activities of our colleagues in CLASS, strengthening the status of GCS as the flagship of our College".

Lecture series of Global China Studies

Date Guest Speakers Topics
March 2015 Professor YU Chilik
Department of Public Policy and Management,Shih Hsin University
Democratic Transition and Democratic Deficit in Taiwan: Hopeful and Disappointed 2014
September 2015 Professor HU Yong
School of Journalism & Communication, Peking University
The Rise and Fall of Public Opinion in the Chinese Internet
November 2015 Professor LI Hsiao-ti
City University of Hong Kong
Drama reforms in contemporary Shanghai
November 2015 Professor JIANG Yi-Huah
Stanford University
The Concept of Politics in Confucianism
January 2016 Professor CHU Yun-Han
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation
China's Rise and the Emerging World Order of the 21st Century
February 2016 Professor YU Keping
School of Government, Peking University
Good Governance in Contemporary China
February 2016 Professor PEI Minxin
Claremont McKenna College
China's Democratic Future: Why a Transition Could Happen by 2030
March 2016 Professor Melanie Frances MANION
Duke University
Authoritarian Parochialism: Representation in Chinese Local Congresses
May 2016 Professor David S G GOODMAN
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou
Transnational Higher Education in China: Paradoxes and possibilities
June 2016 Professor ZHONG Yang
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Pollution, Institutions and Street Protest in Urban China
June 2016 Professor JING Yijia
Fudan University
Internet +:The Private Roles in Forging MLG for Innovation Economy
July 2016 Ms SHEN Yili
Chinese kunqu performer
The Representations of Love in the Four Dreams of Tang Xianzu