Impact and Outreach
Solidifying and enhancing the Fairbank Center as the leading institute for academic and policy-relevant scholarship on China.
At the core of the Fairbank Center’s mission is the advancement of scholarship on Chinese Studies. Our dedication to supporting and publishing groundbreaking research, engaging in extensive public events, hosting public exhibitions, and launching our public blog and podcast series, aim to enhance literacy on China at Harvard, at other centers of education, and in public discourse.
Recent Projects and Exhibitions
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Exhibition: The Photography of Sha Fei: Photography and Propaganda in Wartime China
In Spring 2016, the Fairbank Center exhibited the Harvard-Yenching Library’s newly acquired collection of photographic prints by photographer Sha Fei.
Sha Fei’s photographs invoke instantly recognizable images of wartime China. From posters to newspapers and history textbooks, his unique portrayal of the instability of the 1930s and 1940s inform a new visualization of CCP propaganda.
Curated by Professors Eugene Wang (Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University) and Chiao-mei Liu (National Taiwan University, 2015–16 TUSA Scholar), this exhibition explores Sha Fei’s influence on CCP visual culture and the Chinese revolution. The photographic prints on display were generously donated by Sha Fei’s daughter, Wang Yan, to the Harvard Yenching Library.
Exhibition: The Watercolors of Wilma Fairbank
Exhibition: Exhibiting the Cultural Revolution: "Dazibao" and Woodcuts from 1960s China
Fifty years ago, China entered one of the darkest phases of its modern history, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a period of terrible violence that scarred a generation of Chinese people. During the Cultural Revolution “big character posters” (dazibao 大字报), were large, hand-written signs pasted on walls throughout China. Their content criticized local officials, colleagues, teachers, bosses, co-workers, former friends—virtually no one was exempt—for a wide-range of supposed political transgressions in what often became a cycle of high-stakes political attacks and counter-attacks.
This exhibition presents the first-ever exhibition of big character posters and woodblock prints from the Cultural Revolution in the United States, and the first time that these dazibao have been exhibited anywhere in the world. To accompany the exhibition, we are holding a number of academic activities to encourage scholarly analysis on the remarkable objects displayed in the exhibition, and to promote new understanding and new interpretations about the period that produced them.
Read about our exhibition on our blog: