Center for Modern China

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Center for Modern China

In 1990, Dr. Shaomin Li "co-founded the Center for Modern China in Princeton and served as the founding editor of Modern China Studies." [1] Also see

"With the goal of promoting a market economy and political democracy in China, the Center for Modern China, established in 1990, is recognized as one of the leading institutions of China studies. With a “liberal, pragmatic, scientific, creative, and cooperative” spirit, the center brings together social scientists to study the issues essential to the success of China’s institutional transition. The center has three hundred active members residing in eighteen countries and areas, each specializing in one of the social sciences or in the humanities. In several major countries outside the United States, the center has branch/liaison offices. It maintains regular exchanges with approximately three hundred scholarly organizations and with nearly two thousand scholars around the world. One unusual feature of the center is that its research associates were born in China and maintain contact with different segments of Chinese society. Some have been active for many years in promoting reform, while others have personally participated in making important decisions regarding reform. Most members of the center have received formal doctoral training in the West and now teach and conduct research in Western universities and research institutions. Some members are recognized as leading specialists in their fields; these scholars are regarded as China specialists by governmental agencies, research institutions, universities, and the mass media in China and elsewhere.

"Since 1990, the Center for Modern China has sponsored about two hundred research projects, twenty-five international conferences and seminars, approximately six hundred public lectures around the world, and several study missions to China, the former Soviet Union, and eastern Europe. Its members have participated in approximately two thousand interviews by media organizations from different countries. The center has published approximately eighty issues of its Chinese and English journals, as well as initiated and funded several writing and publishing projects, including thirty volumes of its popular book series and eighteen specialized studies. The fourteen volumes of Market Economy Popular Reader Series, for instance, sold 400,000 copies in the first three months of its publication in China and won the grand prize for the 1994 Chinese Books Award." [2]


  • Xiaonong Cheng "is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Princeton University. He has published more than thirty articles both in the United States and China. His writings cover a variety of economic, social, and political issues. He is chief-editor of an academic journal, Modern China Studies, sponsored by the Center for Modern China in Princeton, New Jersey." [3] In 2005, Cheng Xiaonong was vice president of the Center for Modern China. [4]
  • Andrew J. Nathan "is professor of political science at Columbia University and former director of its East Asian Institute. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Modern China and chair of the board of editors of the Journal of Contemporary China." [5]
  • Yizi Chen "is president and vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Center for Modern China in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to 1989, he was director of the Institute for Reform of the Economic System in Beijing." [6]
  • Shaomin Li - Associate Director, Center for Modern China, Princeton, NJ, 1989-1993. [7]
  • Guoguang Wu - 1990-present Member of Editorial Board, Modern China Studies (Center for Modern China, Princeton, USA) [8]


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