Chinese Studies Center

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Chinese Studies Center

Office: King Hall D 1054
Tel: (323) 343-4230
Fax: (323) 343-4234

Chinese Studies Center
Library North Basement, Room 555.
Phone: 323.343.4247

The Chinese Study Center at California State University, Los Angeles was established in 1980 for the purpose of strengthening and preserving Chinese culture and history while easing and hastening assimilation of new Chinese immigrants into mainstream American life.


1. To support the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in establishing and maintaining a major in Chinese.

2. To support and help to sustain, according to need/demand, resident credit for courses on China and Chinese culture, as well as courses on Chinese-Americans, in various appropriate academic departments on the CSLA campus.

3. To develop and produce curricular materials on Chinese-American and Chinese culture, traditions, and life, for use in humanities and General Education courses at CSLA and/or for use in other post-secondary and secondary institutions. Such materials will exclude political and sectarian content.

4. To promote, coordinate, and conduct research activities related to the Center's main purpose, and to collect and act as repository for archives, monographs and periodical literature related to that purpose.

5. To develop and sponsor seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops, and exhibits on Chinese culture and on the role of the Chinese people in America.

6. To function as liaison between the University and the Chinese community. The Center acts as a cultural resource center for the CSLA campus and for the Chinese community.

7. To work with representatives from the Chinese community to seek outside funding from external agencies to support the Center's activities.

8. To assist in those extracurricular activities of ethnic Chinese students at CSLA that further the overall objectives of the Center.


Director: Dr. Qingyun Wu, Associate Professor of Chinese

Steering Committee:

Qingyun Wu (Faculty, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures)
Jun Liu (Faculty, Department of English)
Lawrence Hong (Faculty, Department of Sociology)
Henry Tiee (Chinese Community)
Chien-hsiung Wu (Chinese Community)

Advisory Board:

A. Community Members

James Lee, Chairman, May Produce Inc.
Henry Tiee, Emeritus Professor, USC
Major Tsai, Chairman, American Chinese Cultural Foundation and Ideal Realty Inc.
Chien Hsiung Wu, President of Association of Overseas Chinese Societies of Education and Culture in Southern  California
Stephen Yee, President of Plum Blossom Poetry Society; Honorary President of the International Association of  Chinese Poetry
Wen-Hsing Yen, Musician

B. CSLA Faculty

Stephen Ma, Department of Political Science
Le Tang, Department of Technology
Sin Fong Han, Department of Geography & Urban Analysis
Philip Leung, Department of History
Swan Ngin, Department of Anthropology
Francis H. Baxter, Department of Music (Emerita)


The strength and vitality of the Chinese Study Center is manifest in the number and variety of activities that it sponsors. Over the past five years, these include:

Symposium on Unification between Mainland China and Taiwan
Symposium on Confucius
Annual Chinese Poetry Recitation Contest
A Grand Reception Meeting for famous Chinese painters Xie Zhiliu and Chen Peiqiu
Talks by
     Tianzhen Xie, "The Development of Literature in Post-Mao China";
     Stephen Yee, "Chinese Classical Poetry: Tang Shi & Song Ci";
     Wu Tianming "The Cinematic Art of the Fifth Generation in China";
     C. Y. Lee, "Writing China in America";
     Thomas Beebee, "The Lettered Women: Variations of a Metaphor";
     Zhao Baoxu, "Where Is China Going?: Prospects of China's Reform,"
     Theodore Huters, "Impossible Representations: Flowers in the Sea of Retributions,"
Organization of group activities: Bejing Opera, Taiwan Artists Painting Exhibition
Co-Sponsorship of the Southern California Campaign of Ethnic and Moral Education
Creation of the Major Tsai Scholarship in Chinese
Organization of a painting exhibition a lecture by Zheng Baizhong
Presentation of the film and lecture: "Female Sex vs. Power: Red Firecrackers and Green Firecrackers,"
Co-sponsored the Confucius Commemorative Day Celebration and a symposium on "Cufucian culture in relation to other cultures in the 20th century"