About CCS

Founded in 1957, the Center for Chinese Studies is now one of the most active and respected research centers in the nation. The Center puts on a full program of public activities each semester. These include lectures, colloquia, film screenings, performances, and scholarly conferences. CCS also hosts individual visiting scholars from many countries, and coordinates the visits of Chinese delegations and other China-related activities on campus. CCS provides research grants annually to Berkeley faculty in Chinese studies, and hosts an annual postdoctoral fellowship in Chinese studies. The Center also provides various forms of support for graduate student research on every aspect of Chinese studies, and across many different disciplines.

Research sponsored by the Center focuses on Chinese culture and society in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other countries. Over 70 core faculty members in twenty-five departments on the Berkeley campus are affiliated with the Center. The current research and outreach agenda of the Center for Chinese Studies focuses on the humanities and social sciences, and also the professional schools.


Hong Yung Lee

The Center for Chinese Studies notes with sadness that Professor Hong Yung Lee passed away on October 24, 2017. A member of the Political Science department at UC Berkeley for over thirty years, and a former chair of the Center for Korean Studies, Professor Lee worked on both Korea and China. His emphasis in his China research was on the Cultural Revolution. China-related books include Politics of Chinese Cultural Revolution (UC Berkeley, 1978) and From Revolutionary Cadres Party Technocrats in Socialist China (UC Berkeley, 1991). His most recent book, with Sunil Kim, is The Changing Role of the Korean State In the Post Developmental Era (Logos Verlag Berlin, 2016).

A celebration of Hong Yung Lee’s life and career will be held on January 21, 2018 at UC Berkeley.

Call for Proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, 2018

Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at: https://web.stanford.edu/ dept/ CEAS/Berkistan2018application.fb

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 13-14, 2018 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available.

The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production, from early modern to contemporary, in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

The 2018 keynote speaker is Lisa Rofel, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz. Click here for more information about the 2018 conference.

General information about the conference is here: https://ceas.stanford.edu/events/berkeley-stanford-graduate-student-conference-modern-chinese-humanities.

C.V. Starr East Asian Library acquires massive and rare Chinese film studies collection

Paul Fonoroff has two rules when it comes to collecting. “You have to be passionate about it,” he deadpans. “And it has to be something that no one else is interested in.”

That maxim helped the Cleveland native amass over 70,000 movie posters, periodicals, photos, lobby cards, theater flyers and other movie ephemera while he lived in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fonoroff’s massive collection — which is the largest of its kind in North America and rivals what can be found at film archives in Asia — was recently acquired by UC Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library, opening an enormous cache to researchers and the public.

“I’m very excited that this collection ended up here because it’s so hard to get these materials,” says Chinese language and film studies professor Weihong Bao. “It’s vast, but it’s unique. There’s really rare stuff in there, and it’s exciting for our students and researchers in this field.”

Bao’s excitement is well-founded. Before it was made public, Fonoroff’s collection was notorious within cinema circles. Or, as Bao puts it, “It was one of the worst kept secrets in the field.” Before being shipped to Berkeley, the collection was housed in first one and eventually two apartments in Hong Kong.

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