China Institute


Alternative Investing

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Prof. Zhong-guo Zhou

Alternative Investing. A brief description of portfolio theory and asset pricing with applications in alternative investing.

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China's Environmental Challenges: A Sociological Perspective

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Prof. John Chung-En-Liu

Everything seems to hinge on China, yet there are so many contradictions. For some, China is the culprit, as it is the largest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world and many Chinese citizens suffer from the deadly air and water pollution. Read more

Existential Concerns: A Comparative Study of Modern Science and Chinese Science

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Fung Yu-lan had made a strong suggestion that Chinese philosophers did not want modern science. I will attempt to provide a justification for this statement through an existential analysis of Chinese concept of nature, and demonstration of Chinese existential concerns prevailing in Daoism and Confucianism, which distaste for scientific study in the sense of modern science. Read more

Translating Yu Hua

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Prof. Allan Barr

Yu Hua (1960-), the author of To Live, Brothers, and China in Ten Words, is one of China’s best-known living authors. It is thirty years since he first began to make an impact on the Chinese literary world and twenty years since his first collection of stories in English translation was published; now is a good moment to take stock of the factors shaping the reception of his work by a Western audience. In this lecture I talk about my collaborations with Yu Hua, the challenges I have encountered when translating his stories and essays, and my role as an intermediary between author and editor. Read more

China: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

A Manchu Bride, Beijing 1871-72

Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off to Hong Kong in 1868 and in the next four years he undertook several major journeys photographing regions of China. The photographs taken on these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the 19th century.  The range, depth and aesthetic quality of John Thomson’s photographic vision mark him out as one of the most important travel photographers. Read more

Qin’s Path to Empire: Tracing Qin’s Ancestors through Archaeology

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Prof. Huangcheng Zhao is Professor of Archaeology in Beijing University. Prof. Zhao has published numerous books and articles on early Chinese archaeology from Shang-Zhou period to Qin-Han dynasties. Prof. Zhao has been teaching at Beijing University since 1984. Read more

National Sacrifices in Pre-Qin Period

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

National Sacrifices in Pre-Qin Period

Prof. Wei Cao is Professor of History at Shaanxi Normal University (which is one of CSUN’s first partner universities in China) and the Chief Curator of Emperor QinShiHuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum (also known as Terracotta Warriors Museum). Prof. Cao is one of the leading experts on Chinese archeology, and has published numerous books and articles. Prof. Cao holds visiting professorship at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing University, and University of London. He has been to many countries (including the United States, South Korea, Australia, Spain, France, England and Canada) for academic exchanges. Read more