China Institute

Harold F. Giedt Lecture Series

One of the major goals of China Institute at CSUN is to promote a better understanding of China and US-China relations in our campus and local community. Given that US and China are the two largest economies in the world, and that Los Angeles is the hub for US-China economic and cultural exchanges, we think it is crucially important for our students to be given such opportunities. With the platform of China Forum Lecture Series, China Institute has brought distinguished scholars, domestic and international, to CSUN campus. Our faculty, students, and community are enthusiastic about and strongly supportive of this lecture series. I especially like to thank Dr. Junliang Huang, from the department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, for her effort on organizing China Forum lecture series.

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

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