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Future of China’s Central-Local Relations

Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 12:00 pm

The fate of reform depends on those charged with implementation.  The challenge is striking the right balance between central control and local...

Audience: Free and Open to the Public

Pathways to Violent Insurgency: China’s Factional Warfare of 1967-1968

Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 2:00 pm

Armed warfare between rebel factions spread across China after a wave of power seizures overthrew local governments in early 1967.

Audience: Free and Open to the Public

Racialized International Order and the Rise of China: Evidence from Germany’s Public Discourse

Wed, Feb 27, 2019, 4:30 pm

Drawing inspiration from Said’s work on Orientalism and Gramsci’s conceptualization of hegemony, this paper explores how racial prejudice in the...

Location: A71 Simpson International Building
Audience: Free and Open to the Public


Chinese welcomeFounded in 2015, the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University advances the study of contemporary China and provides substantive analysis from social science perspectives of the dramatic sociological shifts taking place in China today.


directorYu Xie is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Sociology and has a faculty appointment at the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies, Princeton University.

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The Dunhuang Foundation is looking for current undergraduate students to intern as Critical English Teachers at the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Dunhuang, China, from June 16 – August 11, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that the Center has two job openings for Fall 2018 or sooner: Postdoctoral Research Associate and a Research Scientist (Research Scholar).  Please visit our website at https://ccc.princeton.edu/fellowships-and-open-positions for...

For Princeton Undergraduates: The PIIRS Global Seminar application period is now open!  Professor and Director Yu Xie will be leading his annual Global Seminar in Beijing, which offers an introduction to contemporary Chinese society.  In the...


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