Center Overview

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.



中心還通過為哈佛研究生和本科生提供獎學金的形式,支持他們在台灣、香港和中國大陸進行語言學習和研究,以此進一步促進中國相關的研究。此外,保存在費正清中國研究中心馮圖書館(H.C. Fung)的收藏品歷經了多年的縝密發展,同樣用於支持教授和研究生的研究。這些收藏品集中在當代中國,其中包括很多政治、經濟和社會問題方面的珍貴稀罕資料。