SOAS University of London

亚非学院中国研究院, 拥有近50 名教职员, 汇集了亚非学院所有的中国问题专家,致力于创建一个全球性的
研究机构及学术中心, 从古代到当代, 跨越政治、经济、语言、法律、艺术和文化各个学科,对不同语境下的中国及其复杂性进行全面的探讨和交流。

Over the last two centuries, large numbers of Chinese workers, soldiers, business people, scholars, students and adventurers, have set out from China to settle in all corners of the world. It is estimated that there are over 50 million Chinese living outside the Greater China region.

As part of the SOAS’ centenary celebrations, SOAS China Institute is leading a centenary project examining the experiences of overseas Chinese. Through oral history interviewing, this project aims to help allow the overseas Chinese communities to have a voice and be proud of their identities. Key topics under exploration include their experiences of migration, interaction with local host society and the making of their identities.

Two major events will be organized to document the stories and the trends that have been taking place in the overseas Chinese communities. First is an academic conference in China together with our centenary partner Zhejiang University. Second is an exhibition to offer a valuable snapshot of the memories collected, which will take place in China Exchange in May 2017.

  1. SOAS-Zhejiang University conference, Hangzhou, 22-24 April 2017.
  2.  SOAS exhibition on Overseas Chinese: Migration, Experiences and Identities, China Exchange, 22-27 May 2017. Opening day and reception: 22 May 2017. 

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affiliated academics working in 14 humanities and social science departments.


The Institute is working closely with exceptional regional academic and business partners to build a truly world-leading, interdisciplinary research programme across the social sciences and humanities within eight China-focused themes.

Dr Jieyu Liu, Deputy Director of the Institute, received a European Research Council (ERC) grant of almost €1.5 million for her research on Chinese families in East Asia. The five-year project entitled 'Doing Intimacy: A Multi-sited Ethnography of Modern Chinese Family Life’ will provide the first comprehensive study of practices of intimacy in Chinese families, their intertwining with gender and intergenerational dynamics, and interrelations with local and global change

The Institute delivers interdisciplinary research seminars and workshops; organises high profile lecture events; and facilitates roundtable meetings on current affairs.


The MA Advanced Chinese Studies provides high-level bilingual training in Chinese Studies across more than ten different disciplines in the social sciences and humanities

The MSc Contemporary China Studies combines high quality postgraduate social science research methodology training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

We rank 2nd in the UK in the Times & Sunday Times University League Table 2015, 5th in the Complete University Guide 2015 (East & South East Asia)

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