Center for the Study of Contemporary China

The China Center within China

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Negotiating Modernity--Mainland China and Hong Kong | Between Men and Women #3: The Heroic Trio
The Dharma and the Planchette: Buddhism and Spirit-Writing in Late Imperial Suzhou
The Impact of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on the United Nations
China’s Engagement in Africa
The Railpolitik: Leadership and Agency in Sino-African Infrastructure Development

Featured Faculty

Kaley Clements

Assistant Professor of Documentary Arts, Duke Kunshan University

Traveling while encapsulating the tapestry of nature’s wonders and human civilization along the Meikong River, Prof. Kaley Clements, Assistant Professor of Documentary Arts at DKU, and one of the leads of the China Stories & Images Cluster, has been tracing the river’s course from the mountains of China, through the enchanting landscapes of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and eventually the vibrant heart of Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta. Aiming at documenting the social and environmental conflict and climate change issues regarding the natural resources the river provides and human intervention, his research project incorporates natural scenes documented in different countries along the river and interviews engaging with local citizens and construction workers to provide a holistic context of the river’s current situation. Read More

Featured Student

Jiayang Ling

Class of 2022

Have you ever enquired about the processes of meaning-making in contemporary China? How does Buddhism help explain the meaning of life and the pursuit of happiness? Yolanda Ling Jiayang (DKU Class of 2022, Cultures & Movements Sociology major), has answers to those questions in her Signature Work (SW) project. Her SW project, focusing on meaning-making processes among Buddhists in contemporary China, won 3rd place in the JED’s Thesis Excellence competition for her Signature Work paper, DKU’s only award in the competition. In her project, she analyzed hundreds of methods that humans use to create meaning in their lives, including how they interpret life events and discover evidence indicating the positive effects of certain methods in coping with stress and anxiety.  Read More

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