Jessey Choo awarded IAS fellowship

13 April 2024
Jessey Choo, Associate Professor of Chinese History and Religion, is awarded membership of the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2024–2025 academic year. While at IAS, she will work on her second book, The Blood Debts: Childbearing, Filial Piety, and Women's Soteriology in Chinese Religions, 600–1500 CE, tracing the development and consequences of a popular Buddho-Daoist soteriology that...

Xingming Wang receives an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

08 April 2024
Xingming Wang, a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship in the School of Arts and Sciences for academic year 2024-2025. Congratulations, Mr. Wang!

Poly-Energies in Chinese-English Keywords: A Workshop Event

03 December 2023
Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies (RCCS) convened an in-person workshop on Chinese-English Keywords on Tuesday, October 23, 2023. Hosted by Louisa Schein (Anthropology, Rutgers University), in conjunction with the visit of Tim Oakes (Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder), the event brought together ten scholars from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to discuss the political,...

ACLS Report: China Studies in an Uncertain Age

02 November 2023
"From 2021-2023 ACLS, in conjunction with the Henry Luce Foundation, worked with fellows, grantees, advisors, and institutions in rethinking its Program in China Studies in light of the many challenges currently facing scholars of China.  In 2021, ACLS published China Studies in North America, in which a range of scholars, ranging from early career applicants to the ACLS postdoctoral fellowship...

Tao Jiang interviewed by AsiaNow at the Association for Asian Studies

16 August 2023
Tao Jiang is interviewed by AsiaNow, a blog of the Association for Asian Studies, about his book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China (Oxford University Press, 2021) which received Honorable Mention of the 2023 Joseph Levenson Prize for distinguished scholarship on pre-1900 China. In the interview, Jiang talks about challenges, inspirations, and surprises in the course of...

Jesse Rodenbiker publishes a book, Ecological States: Politics of Science and Nature in Urbanizing China

01 August 2023
Jesse Rodenbiker of the Department of Geography at Rutgers just published a book, Ecological States: Politics of Science and Nature in Urbanizing China (Cornell University Press, 2023). Congratulations! Here is the description on the publisher's website: Ecological States critically examines ecological policies in the People's Republic of China to show how campaigns of scientifically based...

Report on the 6th Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy

28 July 2023
On April 28, 2023, the 6th Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, "New Voices in Chinese Philosophy," took place, with six junior scholars of Chinese philosophy presenting papers commented by six senior scholars in Chinese and Western analytic philosophy. The workshop’s website is here. At the workshop, two doctoral students from Rutgers Philosophy Department, Esther Goh and Adrian Liu, served as...

Tao Jiang discusses conceptions of hell in Chinese history at Asia Society

22 March 2023
In conjunction with the Asia Society Museum's exhibition Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds, Asia Society hosted a discussion on the conceptions of hell in China and the role these traditionally played in shaping the contours of the moral universe for many Chinese on March 15, 2023 in NYC. Participants included former New York Times China correspondent and author of The Souls of China: The...

Tao Jiang's book receives Honorable Mention for the 2023 Joseph Levenson Prize from Association for Asian Studies

15 February 2023
Tao Jiang's book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China (Oxford University Press, 2021), has received Honorable Mention for the 2023 Joseph Levenson Prize for distinguished scholarship on pre-1900 China from the Association for Asian Studies. Here's the link to the announcement:

Ann A. Pang-White publishes a new book

28 January 2023
Ann A. Pang-White (University of Scranton), an active participant in the RCCS online events, just published a new book, Readings in Chinese Women’s Philosophical and Feminist Thought: From the Late 13th to Early 21st Century (Bloomsbury, Dec. 2022). From the publisher's website: Readings in Chinese Women's Philosophical and Feminist Thought gathers 40 original writings on women by 32 authors...

Tanja Sargent becomes a new co-editor of the journal, Chinese Education and Society

23 January 2023
Tanja Sargent, Associate Professor in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, is the new co-editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society, along with Xie Ailei who is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Guangzhou University. The journal Chinese Education and Society invites proposals for special issues on topics of current interest related to education, and the social...

Elizabeth Childs-Johnson publishes a new book

23 January 2023
Congratulations to Elizabeth Childs-Johnson for publishing a new book, Metamorphic Imagery in Ancient Chinese Art and Religion (Routledge 2023), co-authored with John Major. Childs-Johnson is a research professor at the Institute of Asian Studies in Old Dominion University and has been an active member of the RCCS community. From the publisher's website Metamorphic Imagery in Ancient Chinese Art and...

Jessey Choo publishes a new book, Inscribing Death

28 June 2022
Congratulations to Jessey Choo, whose book, Inscribing Death: Burials, Representations, and Remembrance in Tang China, was just published by the University of Hawaii Press! From the publisher's website: This nuanced study traces how Chinese came to view death as an opportunity to fashion and convey social identities and memories during the medieval period (200–1000) and the Tang dynasty...

Jesse Rodenbiker receives ACLS award, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Princeton University, and fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

15 June 2022
Jesse Rodenbiker, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Geography, is one of twelve recipients of the 2022 American Council of Learned Societies and Henry Luce Foundation China Studies Early Career Fellowship. Rodenbiker is the recipient of a 2022-2023 postdoctoral research fellowship from Princeton University's Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China at the Princeton...

Tao Jiang receives The Presidential Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award

11 May 2022
Tao Jiang, Chair of Religion Department and Director of Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, is among the five recipients of The Presidential Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award for the 2021-2022 academic year. Here is the announcement:

Report on the 5th Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy

11 May 2022
On April 22, the 5th Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy took place, with six scholars of Chinese philosophy presenting papers that engaged with the works of Ernest Sosa and Linda Zagzebski. The workshop’s website is here. At the workshop, two doctoral students from Rutgers Philosophy Department, Esther Goh and Frederick Choo, served as rapporteurs, taking notes on each presentation and on...

ACLS releases "China Studies in North America"

14 December 2021
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) releases a new report, "China Studies in North America." Click on the title to get the full report. The following is taken from the ACLS website: This report summarizes the Group’s findings and reflections, with a focus on the specific challenges involved in the production of new knowledge on China and on the obstacles faced by the emerging generation of PhDs...

Nancy Rao received the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research

17 November 2021
Congratulations to Nancy Rao, a professor in the Department of Music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, who received the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research for the 2020-2021 academic year! Here's the announcement:

Tao Jiang publishes a new book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China

03 September 2021
Tao Jiang's new book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China: Contestation of Humaneness, Justice, and Personal Freedom, is just published by Oxford University Press. It is available in both paperback and hardcover. From the publisher's website: This book rewrites the story of classical Chinese philosophy, which has always been considered the single most creative and vibrant...

Pandemic Lives in Chinese and English: International Workshop Series uses Keywords Method to Unearth COVID Differences between China, the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan

23 June 2021
Over Spring 2021, the Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies teamed up with the University of Michigan Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC) for a dynamic series of international workshops entitled “Covid Tech & China.” A series affiliated with the Chinese-English Keywords Project (CEKP), the four 2-hour zoom workshops took place between February and April and were co-organized by Silvia...

From President and Chancellors: Affirming Our Asian Community

11 March 2021
March 11, 2021 Members of the Rutgers Community: We are deeply troubled by the rising anti-Asian sentiment and increasingly violent hate crimes targeting the Asian community. These heinous acts cannot be ignored, and our hearts go out to the victims of these crimes, and all members of the Asian community who find themselves questioning their basic safety during an already distressing time. Harm...

Rutgers Global Grants 2021 (deadline March 19)

15 February 2021
From Rick Lee (Director of Global Programs and Partnerships at Rutgers Global): Rutgers Global is pleased to announce the 2021 Rutgers Global Grants. These modest seed grants are offered yearly to all tenured, tenure-track, clinical, or NTT faculty with Rutgers appointments. This year, there are four categories of grants: International Collaborative Research Grants, Global Health Seed Grants,...

An Expanded Sexualities Classroom Encounters China’s Gay Scene

18 November 2020
The mediated lives of gay men in China came in for nuanced treatment when Brown University’s Cai Yifeng made a visit to Louisa Schein’s class “Introduction to Critical Sexualities Studies” on November 11th - all the way from Shanghai. Anthropology PhD candidate Cai - who is conducting fieldwork, writing his dissertation and otherwise situated in China because of the pandemic - was generous enough...

Avery Goldstein on US-China Relations

17 October 2020
On October 14, Avery Goldstein, a prominent scholar of International Politics from University of Pennsylvania, spoke to a broad audience on the US-China relations through Zoom, moderated by Xian HUANG (Rutgers Political Science). In his talk, titled "The Present as Prologue: The Gloomy Outlook for US-China Relations," Goldstein reviewed the evolution of US-China relations in the past decades...

Party versus wealth? David Goodman rethinks reform in China

05 October 2020
As he watched the sunrise in Suzhou, China, Professor David S. G. Goodman spoke eloquently to an evening crowd on the east coast of the United States and to audience members around the world. A truly international individual himself, Dr. Goodman hails from Britain, was educated at University of Manchester, Peking University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London, but...

A Conversation with Ian Johnson, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, on China

27 September 2020
On Friday, September 25, 2020, Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies (RCCS) virtually hosted Ian Johnson, a Pulitzer-Prize winner and one of the most prominent Western journalists on China, in front of a global audience. People participated in the Zoom webinar from diverse locations in Canada, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, United...

A Virtual Trans-Pacific Conversation on Pandemic Technologies Held Saturday

21 September 2020
Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies (RCCS) hosted a truly global workshop on Chinese-English Keywords on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Co-hosted by Louisa Schein of Rutgers and Fan Yang of University of Maryland Baltimore County, the event was titled “Pandemic Technologies in Two Social Registers: A Chinese-English Keywords Project Workshop.” The event was the 19th in a series of international workshops...

Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies Hits the Runway with Global Programming

14 September 2020
On Thursday evening, September 10, the RCCS inaugurated its plan for global programming this year co-sponsored by Rutgers Global-China Office, making the best of the university demands for virtual meetings and social distancing. Professor GUAN Kai, Dean at Yunnan University, spoke on “Will COVID-19 Reconfigure Social Institutions? A View from China”. Dr. Guan has degrees in French Literature (Peking...

Louisa Schein and team received a social science research award to study the impacts of Covid-19

22 August 2020
Congratulations to Louisa Schein and her colleagues for receiving a Rutgers grant to study the impact of Coronavirus! Schein drafted and received this grant with Bridget Purcell of Anthropology on behalf of eleven diverse Rutgers faculty. The project now includes 5 research assistants as well.

Xian HUANG publishes a book, Social Protection under Authoritarianism: Health Politics and Policy in China

21 July 2020
Congratulations to Xian HUANG, whose book, Social Protection under Authoritarianism: Health Politics and Policy in China, is published by Oxford University Press!

Kuang Yu Chen's contribution to the study of oracle bone inscriptions

16 June 2020
Kuang Yu Chen, distinguished professor (emeritus) of chemistry and Asian studies, was invited as one of the keynote speakers in an international conference at Anyang, the last capital of Shang Dynasty (1600-1146 BCE), as part of celebration of the 120th anniversary of the discovery of Shang oracle bone inscriptions (OBI) in October 2019.

Wendy Swartz interviewed by Esquire Magazine

12 May 2020
Wendy Swartz, professor of medieval Chinese literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, was interviewed by Esquire. The interview appears in an article on heroism, "On Their Best Behaviour," in the April edition of Esquire (Singapore, International Edition).

Tao Jiang interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer

21 April 2020
Tao Jiang, director of Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, was interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer about some alarming racist incidents against Chinese and people of Chinese and other East Asian descent in the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

Nancy Yunhwa Rao received NEH fellowship

21 January 2020
Nancy Yunhwa Rao, a professor of musicology in Mason Gross School of the Arts, received this year's National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Congratulations, Professor Rao! During her fellowship leave, she will work on her book, Transpacific Operatic Imagination: Chinese Americans in Opera.

Tao JIANG interviewed by Hong Kong iFeng News

15 August 2019
On July 21, 2019, Tao JIANG was interviewed in Mt. Jiuhua by iFeng News 鳳凰網, a popular Chinese-language news network headquartered in Hong Kong.

Two major online Chinese dictionaries available at Rutgers

23 May 2019
From Tao YANG, East Asian Librarian: I am pleased to announce that Rutgers library has acquired the online Hanyu Da Cidian (漢語大詞典) and Kangxi Zidian (康熙字典). These two dictionaries are useful reference tools for the study of Chinese language, literature, and culture.

China Data Online

26 March 2019
From Tao YANG, East Asian Librarian: We would like to announce that we have subscribed to the database China Data Online. China Data Online provides detailed official statistics on the population and economy of China. It is divided into four parts: China Statistics, Census Data, Free China Maps, and Sample Data. It also includes the newsfeed Latest China Statistical News. 

Eddy Keming Chen (Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2019) accepts a tenure-track position at UCSD

22 March 2019
Eddy Keming Chen, a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department who recently defended his Ph.D. dissertation, has just accepted a tenure-track position at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He will start in July as assistant professor of philosophy there. Congratulations, Eddy!

Access to 2,000 Chinese journals available at Rutgers

22 February 2019
From Tao YANG, East Asian Librarian: Rutgers has acquired university-wide access to the Chinese National Social Sciences Database. Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the National Social Sciences Database provides about 10 million full-text articles from over 2,000 social sciences and humanities journals.

Workshop “Sinoglossic Narrative in Modern Chinese and Comparative Literature” (pictures)

15 November 2018
On Friday, November 9, 2018, Weijie Song and Xiaojue Wang organized a one-day workshop, "Sinoglossic Narrative in Modern Chinese and Comparative Literature." On the workshop, prominent scholars from China shared their research with Rutgers faculty and students. Click here for the workshop program and poster.