The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University brings together a global community of world-leading academics and practitioners to advance scholarship in all fields of China Studies.
The 2024 Charles Neuhauser Memorial Lecture featuring Amb. Robert E. Lighthizer – China and the Trade Trap
For the Fairbank Center’s 2024 Charles Neuhauser Memorial Lecture, we hosted Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, 18th U.S. Trade Representative (2017-2021), who argued that China’s goal to become the world’s number […]
Critical Issues Confronting China featuring Prof. Ji Li – How Rising Geopolitical Tensions are Impacting Chinese Firms Overseas
In the first edition of this semester’s Critical Issues Confronting China series, Ji Li, John & Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law, University of California – Irvine, discusses […]
Winnie Chi-man Yip, our former Acting Director, gives her impression of how the Fairbank Center has adapted over the past academic year.
History of the Center
The Fairbank Center was founded in 1955 by Professor John King Fairbank, a leading scholar in modern and contemporary China studies.
History of China at Harvard
Harvard University has promoted the study of China since the appointment of our first Chinese-language instructor in 1879.
Harvard Tercentenary Stele
This slender marble slab, or stele, was presented to Harvard in 1936 as a gift from Chinese alumni on the occasion of the University’s tercentenary, and stands to the side of Widener Library.
Our Community Policies
The Fairbank Center is unambiguously committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment for our community.