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Forthcoming Events

The China Institute coordinates activities at SOAS, University of London that relate to the study of China.  The events bring together academic staff and students with diverse interests and backgrounds.

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  • Chinese State Capitalism in Hong Kong
  • Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins University)
  • This presentation discusses the role of Hong Kong as China’s offshore financial market amidst the rise and faltering of the China Boom, as well as its implications to the local politics and society of Hong Kong.

  • BRI: Bringing the East and the West Together?
  • Various panellists
  • This panel discussion with Mr Charles Parton OBE (SOAS, Trustee of Chinadialogue, Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and Specialist Adviser on China to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee), Dr Thomas Chan (Chu Hai College of Higher Education) and Mr Joseph Chan (Silk Road Economic Development Research Center, Hong Kong) will focus on what the Chinese Government hopes to achieve with its flagship foreign policy known as the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • 2018 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase
  • Various
  • The Chinese Art Film Festival returns to SOAS for its third iteration, from 27 to 29 November 2018. This year the festival will showcase three latest Chinese art films depicting female experiences in contemporary China.

  • Angels Wear White 嘉年华 (Director: Vivian Qu文晏, 2017)
  • Ms Frida Jingwen Fan (Shanghai Art Film Federation)
  • As part of the 2018 Chinese Art Film Festival, this film is set in a small seaside town when two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing.

  • Women through the Lens: Beyond the Mainstream
  • Various panelists
  • In this panel discussion, Chinese cultural and media specialists offer their insights about questions such as 'Could Chinese art cinema lend momentum to social activism?' in relation to the three art films screened in this year’s Chinese Art Film Festival.


  • The Problem of Discipline: ‘Shanghai’s Child Labor Problem,’ 1922-1925
  • Margaret Tillman (Purdue University)
  • This seminar will examine efforts to abolish child labor, not only to benefit the working class, but also to modernize the Chinese economy by enforcing industrial discipline. While scholars have noted some of the political reasons for the failures of child labor legislation, this seminar will attempt to conclude by placing these efforts in a longer-term historical perspective regarding social welfare movements.