Past ASN Conference Papers

“American Studies in China: A Case Study of the Center for American Studies, Fudan University”

By Sun Zhe, Professor and Deputy Director, Fudan University, 2006

Sun Zhe’s essay summarizes the development of American Studies in China since 1979 and introduces the evolution of the Chinese perception of the United States. Sun uses a case study of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, the country’s first institute for American Studies, to illustrate the discipline’s achievements and challenges in China. Based on his findings, Sun asserts the importance of American Studies around the world and also emphasizes the need for a deeper analysis of American domestic politics and diplomacy.