China Institute


Representation Matters: The ‘Boat People’ from Vietnam and Refugee Policy in the late 1970s

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Dr. Lisa Tran

Although scholars have problematized the dichotomy between “migrant” as voluntary and economic, and “refugee” as forced and political, few case studies exist.  Focusing on the “boat people” who left Vietnam in the late 1970s (most of whom were ethnic Chinese) and resettled in the United States, Canada and Australia, Lisa Tran argues that while international and state policy reified the legal distinction between migrant and refugee, the lived experiences of the people who left Vietnam blurred that distinction. Read more

Visual Documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Intangible Cultural Heritage

My third visit to China, May 28-June 15, was made possible by a Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Travel Grant from the MCCAMC. The first half of the trip was spent documenting Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) artists and locations in a relatively small section of Yunnan Province in southwestern China, and at Yangtze University in Jingzhou, Hubei Province. Read more

What Roles do VCs Play in ChiNext IPOs?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Xiyi Li

Dr, Xiyi Li is a senior researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology Investment in Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (shorted as CASTED), Beijing, China. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2004, he has been working at CASTED, and its predecessor was named as National Research Center for Science and Technology for Development. Read more

Middle East studies in China and some opinions on important problems and hot issues

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Zhilong He

Professor Zhilong He is one of the leading Chinese experts on the Middle East history, politics and International Relations of Middle East. Prof. He has published three books, including The History and International Relations of Middle East (2015), Records of the States: Cyprus (2011), and History of the Middle East: Cyprus (2005), and many articles on leading journals. He is currently serving as the director of Society of Middle East Studies in China.

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Yongkang Sun

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:30pm


Yongkang Sun, born in 1958 in Xi'an, China, graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in China. Now he is the member of the Chinese Artists Association, National Level Artist, Council Member of the Chinese Painting Artists Association, Committee Member of the Shanghai Chinese Painting Research Institute, Director of Artists Association of Zoucheng in Shandong, Honorary Director of Beijing Yongkang Sun Art Museum. Read more

Chinese Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the US

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Victor Shaw

Chinese immigrants and immigrant communities in the United States are increasingly involved in philanthropy, and nonprofits are having a growing impact on this population. CSUN Sociology Professor Victor Shaw reviews these activities, and explores the major social forces behind Chinese philanthropy. Read more

Movie Screening: Reunification & Discussion with Director Alvin Tsang

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am


In this deeply personal award-winning film that gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, divorce and family psychology, and the personal filmmaking process, filmmaker Alvin Tsang reflects on his family’s migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s - fraught with betrayal from his parents’ divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children.  Read more