Two Recent Publications under Global China Studies

Global China Studies (GCS) is a flagship project under the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Its main objective is to explore the interactions and influences between China and other countries and regions around the world. GCS also serves as a platform for interdisciplinary academic exchange and knowledge transfer. Since its launch in 2015, GCS has organised 17 lectures on various China-related topics and convened seven workshops and conferences. These activities provided opportunities for scholars from around the world as well as Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and other parts of Asia to share perspectives from different academic disciplines.

Two of the workshops led to subsequent publications. One is the Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China, edited by Professor Xiaowei ZANG. It resulted from a workshop held at City University of Hong Kong in August 2015 and consolidates knowledge about the mainland’s ethnic minorities, which was previously scattered among different disciplines. The work provides readers with a multifaceted view of the major issues, with some chapters focusing on key features of China’s main ethnic minorities while others look at the impact of government policies on identities and cultures. The Handbook also examines issues like ethnic inequality and marginalisation. All this makes the work a comprehensive, up-to-date reference volume for anyone teaching or doing research on related topics.

Another volume with a link to GCS is the Routledge Handbook of Corruption in Asia, edited by Professors Ting GONG and Ian SCOTT. Published in late 2016, this volume addresses the theories, issues and trends, as well as anti-corruption reforms which have emerged from the diverse experiences of countries in Asia. Four major themes look at how corruption affects the state, economic development and society plus the strategies needed to exert effective control. Experts in the field have contributed chapters which compare and contrast corruption in different social and institutional contexts. They examine both successful and unsuccessful attempts to control and prevent corruption and consider what lessons can be drawn. The book will be of interest to a wide range of students and scholars, particularly those specialising in Asian studies, politics and sociology. The main chapters are based on papers presented at an international conference organised by GCS and sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation in October 2015.