China Student Study Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field (Session One)


Friday, September 17, 2021, 9:30am to 10:30am


Virtual event, registration required

This online study group, held on six Fridays 9:30-10:30am ET is designed to engage HKS degree students to understand China’s historical rise, critical current challenges, and it’s role in the world moving forward. Led by Professors Tony Saich and Edward Cunningham, who combined leverage over 75 years of experience working in and with China, the program will also draw on the expertise of a range of HKS Ash Center China programs postdoctoral fellows, practitioners and others from business, media, and policy analysis. Our goal is to have students leave the group with a more nuanced and rigorous framework for examining China’s political and economic systems, but also a set of key questions around China’s future integration – or disintegration – with the world. Because the program depends upon interactive discussions and will be capped at 25 students, we particularly encourage those who enjoy active participation and lively debate to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Readings will be assigned.

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Session 1 – September 17th

Tony Saich and Jerome Doyon: CCP Origins and Institutional Change Through Today

Session 2 – October 1st

Edward Cunningham and Gabriel Chiu: Business-Government Relations under Xi

Session 3 – October 15th

Dennis Kwok and Yi-ting lien: Greater China: Still One Country, Two Systems?

Session 4 – November 5th

Shirley Yu: Technology, Geopolitics and US-China Relations

Session 5 – November 19th

Chunying Yue: Social Media and it’s Role in Political Participation

Session 6 – December 3rd

Saich and Cunningham: Final De-Brief

Virtual Event Details 

Registration is required for this study group. Please register with your Harvard email using the link above to receive details for how to join the virtual discussion. 

The Ash Center encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its events. Should you wish to enquire about an accommodation, please contact our events team at prior to the event.