College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

Modern China Studies
 Modern China Studies Group

The study of modern China is one of the academic priorities of the College of Staten Island.  CSI Faculty are actively engaged in research on modern China in a broad range of disciplines. In 1999, a group of faculty and staff formed the CSI Modern China Studies Group, which meets regularly during the academic year. Some of the notable projects and events supported by the Modern China Studies Group include:

  • Working with visiting Chinese scholars who participate in special educational, social, and cultural activities on the CSI campus
  • Meeting with CSI librarians to enhance the College’s materials that support courses on China and the study of Modern China
  • Hosting presentations by renowned Chinese scholars and coordinating seminars, symposia, and international conferences at CSI and in China
  • Creating and launching a Modern China Studies website
  • Co-sponsoring with the Film Society of Lincoln Center 100 Years of Chinese Cinema (October 2005), a three-week film series tracing the history of Chinese cinema; hosting on campus From Past to future: 100 Years of Chinese Cinema, an international by-invitation academic symposium on the history and current state of Chinese cinema
  • Dedicating the fall 2005 semester to a series of activities relating to China, including welcoming on campus a new small high school in international studies created by the College of Staten Island’s partnership with the New York Department of Education and the Asia Society
  • Co-sponsoring Historical Truth and Collective Memory (May 12-14, 2006), an international conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution
  • Collaborating with The New York Times to develop an instructional website ( to accompany China Rises, a multipart documentary launched by the newspaper in spring 2006


2006-2007 Program Highlights

  • Establishing Presidential Study Abroad Scholarships in China
  • Providing Presidential Faculty Summer Development Programs in China
  • Supporting a Presidential Lecture Series in Modern China that brings noted scholars to CSI

CSI’s Modern China Studies Program – Planning for the Future

  • Expanding the curriculum
  • Developing an enhanced Chinese learning community
  • Creating a Modern Chinese Studies Resource Center on campus to serve as a centralized location for materials, ranging from films to virtual and on-line interactions, books, journals, scholarly materials, and databases.
  • Enhancing existing student, faculty, and cultural exchanges
  • Hosting and sponsoring world class intellectual and artistic events