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.

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

Remembering the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945)

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Junliang Huang

Prof. Junliang Huang earned her Ph.D. in Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture at Cornell University, and joined CSUN in 2015. Her research interests include modern Japanese and Chinese literature, war memory, narrative analysis, postcolonial theory, translation theory, Marxism, gender studies, and cultural criticism. She currently also serves as the book review editor of Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. Read more

Journey with the Giant, Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm


Journey with the Giant, a new and boldly unprecedented documentary film by James Isaiah Gabbe and the CITIZENARTS team, focuses on these and other critical questions about China that have become central to U.S. political discourse and have profound implications for the world. Traveling “under the radar” as a tourist, Gabbe presents an intimate, unvarnished exploration of the land about which Napoleon may have said: “There lies a sleeping giant. Let it sleep, for when it awakes, it will shake the world.” Read more