The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (费正清中国研究中心)at Harvard University is a post-graduate research center promoting the study of modern and contemporary China from a social science perspective.
Today, every school at Harvard engages with China through research, exchanges, students, and alumni. Consequently, the Fairbank Center is no longer Harvard’s sole source of expertise on China, but our interdisciplinary approach to Chinese Studies and unrivaled faculty expertise ensure the Center’s adaptability and invaluable position as a partner for China-related research across the university.
By training many of America’s China specialists, Harvard’s Fairbank had and continues to have a profound impact on American understanding of China.
“Harvard University’s John King Fairbank is considered the father of China studies in America. Fairbank devoted over half a century to research and expanding the field. His own scholarship had a profound impact on the field and his students populate history and East Asian studies departments throughout the country. ” Said Christopher Alesevich.
“In part because he was so influential, Fairbank at times was a controversial figure. He straddled the line at which West meets East, being at once an exemplar of American culture and scholar of Chinese civilization. Fairbank first visited China in one era and last visited in another; he was simultaneously a student seeking knowledge and a teacher dispensing it; he was a hands-off facilitator and a groundbreaking leader; and, as an avowed humanist, he was criticized at different times of being sympathetic to communism and imperialism.”
The Harvard–Yenching Institute(哈佛燕京学社) is an independent foundation dedicated to advancing higher education in Asia in the humanities and social sciences, with special attention to the study of Asian culture. It traditionally had close ties to Harvard University and the now-defunct Yenching University, and its offices are located on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but it is not part of Harvard.
The Harvard–Yenching Institute (HYI) was founded in 1928 with funding provided solely from the estate of Charles Martin Hall, the inventor of a process for refining aluminum and the founder of the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). Although the Institute has close ties with Harvard University, it is a legally and fiscally independent public charitable trust.
To date over 1000 faculty from Asia have received Institute fellowships and over 300 doctoral students have received their degrees with Institute support. In addition to providing fellowships, the Institute supports publications through Harvard’s Monograph Series as well as overseas publications in Chinese and Vietnamese, conferences, workshops and training programs.
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University began its commitment to educate Americans about East Asia more than 100 years ago. In 1960, the East Asian National Resource Center was established with a mission to advance the quality and dissemination of knowledge about East Asia, to train experts on East Asia with the highest levels of language proficiency, to promote interdisciplinary collaborations on and with the region, and to provide local and national educational outreach.
Today the Center’s 98 full-time faculty in over 25 schools and departments offer more than 500 disciplinary and language courses a year on the region. Students may pursue undergraduate, masters, and doctoral study in more than 10 disciplinary departments or a joint professional school/East Asian studies degree program. The Center offers classroom instruction through fifth-year Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, advanced modern and classical Tibetan, and intermediate Indonesian and Vietnamese.