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Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

 Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Welcome to the website of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University. Founded in 1999 CCCS is a multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of contemporary China and the wider East Asian region, specialising particularly in the fields of Business, Education, Law, Modern Languages and Culture, Geography, Government and International Politics and Political Economy. The Centre gains greatly from having one of the most significant collections on China and East Asia in the UK in Durham University Library. The Centre is strongly committed to collaborative research with our partners in China, including the training of new generations of specialists on the East Asian region. Details of present and past activities are given on these pages, as well as an introduction to the opportunities for training and research on China and East Asia available at Durham University.


East Asia: An International Quarterly has been edited in the School of Government and International Affairs since 2004. It has more than 34 years of history and is currently published by Springer.

Vol. 34, Issue 2 (June 2017)

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Ten New Open Access Articles (until 17 October 2017)

Andrew Wedeman, ‘Bribery with Chinese Characteristics? Corruption, Fuzzy Property Rights, and Rapid Growth’, Volume 34, Issue 2 (2017), pp. 87-111.

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay, ‘The Comfort Women Controversy: Not Over Yet’, Volume 33, Issue 4 (2016), pp 255–269.

Colin Mackerras, ‘Xinjiang in China’s Foreign Relations: Part of a New Silk Road or Central Asian Zone of Conflict?’, Volume 32, Issue 1 (2015), pp 25–42.

Solee I. Shin Lanu Kim, ‘Organizing K-Pop: Emergence and Market Making of Large Korean Entertainment Houses, 1980–2010’, Volume 30, Issue 4 (2013), pp 255–272.

Min-Hua Chiang, ‘The Potential of China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Agreement’, Volume 30, Issue 3 (2013), pp 199–216.

Michael Barr, ‘Nation Branding as Nation Building: China’s Image Campaign’, Volume 29, Issue 1 (2012), pp 81–94.

Mikyoung Kim, ‘The Cheonan Incident and East Asian Community Debate: North Korea’s Place in the Region’, Volume 28, Issue 4 (2011), pp. 275-290.

Maite J. Iturre, Carmen Amado Mendes, ‘Regional Implications of China’s Quest for Energy in Latin America’, Volume 27, Issue 2 (2010), pp. 127-143.

Geoffrey B. Cockerham, ‘Regional Integration in ASEAN: Institutional Design and the ASEAN Way’, Volume 27, Issue 2 (2010), pp. 165-185.

Sheng Ding and Robert A. Saunders, ‘Talking up China: An analysis of China’s rising cultural power and global promotion of the Chinese language’, Volume 23, Issue 2 (2006), pp 3–33.

News and Events

British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, 7-9 September 2017

Dr Gordon Cheung was invited to attend the 'Round Table of Heads and Representatives of Departments of Chinese Studies' in the British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference. He chaired a panel entitled 'Chinese Economic Growth' and presented a paper on intellectual property rights in China.


2017 International Conference on Integrated Development of Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries, 16-21 August 2017, Taiyuan, China

Durham University Library was a special guest of honour institution at this year’s Conference which was attended by over 1,200 participants, consisted of library and museum directors, leaders of cultural organizations, government officials, academics, publishers, software systems developers from across China, Asia Pacific and globally. Dr Sunuodula Mamtimyn, our Centre’s member, gave a paper entitled: “Beyond the Confines of Sinology: ‘Going Out’ and Service Innovation in Chinese Studies Libraries in the 21st Century”. He talked about international content (books, journals, archival and rare material, online databases) and international expertise in libraries and their role in wider university internationalisation, using some of the recent internationalisation activities at Durham University Library as case studies. Durham University Library and Dr Sunuodula was one of a few guest of honour institutions that was mentioned in the Conference’s opening address by the Conference chairman. The Conference itself was a significant event and it was reported on the prime time Chinese national television news.

Dr Sunuodula Mamtimyn, third from right

New member of CCCS:

Oana Burcu (Teaching Fellow)

I am delighted to be joining SGIA and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. One of my main tasks within the school is to develop the portfolio on East Asian politics and to teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students to whom I hope I will convey my passion for the subject. My primary area of interest is Chinese politics, especially Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese relations, as well as China’s foreign policy more broadly. I am therefore looking forward to working with the multi-disciplinary research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, to connect with scholars in the field and engage in stimulating debates on contemporary China and East Asia issues.

I took a Master’s degree in International Relations on Contemporary Asian Pacific Studies at the University of Birmingham before completing my Doctorate at the University of Nottingham.

Visiting Scholar:

Professor Zhang Qiang will be visiting the Centre from 1 September 2017 to 1 September 2018

Zhang Qiang began his teaching at South China Normal University in 2000. He is currently a Professor and Director of the Center for local Governance and Social Construction Studies in the School of Politics & Public Administration. His research focuses on Community Governance, Social Quality,Safety Regulation of Transportation Market and Civil Service system.

ICAS10, 20-23 July 2017:

Gordon Cheung gave a paper entitled 'Intellectual property rights in China: New dynamics and changes of the protection of well-known marks' and chaired a panel 'Changing Relations with China: From the Silk Road to the Pacific' in the 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also came across many previous contributors of East Asia: An International Quarterly and met some board members. The ICAS10, organised by the International Institute for Asian Studies, was joined with more than 1,250 scholars on Asian studies.

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