In summer 2018, the China Impact Project (CHIP) was launched by Professor Yu Xie, professor of sociology and Director of the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China (CCC). This is part of CCC’s Program on Chinese Economy and Society, funded by a generous gift from the Ma Huateng Foundation. The objective is to understand how the public in other countries view China. Specifically, the research has three main goals: capture the trend of people’s opinions on China over time, investigate the determinants of people’s opinions (why they hold these opinions), and explore the opinion patterns by countries’ economic development, political regime, religions and economic relationship with China and so on. The ultimate goal of the project is to examine how American news outlets' coverage of China has influenced (and perhaps constituted a weathervane of) American public sentiment over time.
The Center has initiated an internship program that includes student interns from Princeton and Tsinghua Universities, who are interested in media studies and computer science. After analysis, the researchers intend to publish this data and make the findings public.
Chesley Chan (Princeton University)
Xudong Guo (Tsinghua University)
Lemeng Liang (Tsinghua University)
Isaac Velasquez (Princeton University)
Emily Yin (Princeton Universiy)