Center Overview 中文版

The John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, founded in 1955, is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of China. The first such center established in the United States, it supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies at Harvard University and beyond. For decades, the interdisciplinary research generated at the Fairbank Center has been widely influential in academic, government, business, and artistic communities worldwide.

A primary role of the Fairbank Center is to serve as a seat for the ongoing discussion and investigation of all things Chinese by the transnational scholarly community.  By bringing together leading researchers at Harvard with their counterparts from around the globe to share data, methods, approaches, and arguments, the Center aims to further analysis and understanding of the larger Chinese world in all its dimensions. Toward this end, every year the Center runs an ambitious program of seminars, workshops, and conferences, which provide lively forums for discussion and debate. Participants include the Center’s more than 200 faculty and graduate student affiliates, as well as scores of invited guests, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars from the US and elsewhere, especially China and greater East Asia.

The Center further promotes China-related research by offering fellowships to Harvard graduate and undergraduate students for language study and research in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China. In addition, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Collection in the H.C. Fung Library has been carefully developed over many years to support faculty and graduate student research. The collection focuses on contemporary China, and includes many unique materials on political, economic, and sociological issues.