CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: China House Photo Exhibition

In April 2018, China House will be hosting a photo exhibition at 8 Washington Mews. Our theme will be on China. We invite all NYU students to join our exhibition and share some of their photos of China with us!


We are now accepting any photos by NYU students only. This call is for photos taken in China or themed around China. Students can submit up to 5 images in high-resolution JPG & TIFF format.


The exhibition will take place in April 2018. The deadline to submit your work is March 22, 2018. Please submit your images to


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What Does Contemporary China Studies (中国国情研究) Study?

On Friday, February 2nd, China House welcomed Dr. Angang Hu of Tsinghua University to present his wonderful talk on the field of Contemporary China Studies!

As a pioneer and leading authority in the field of Contemporary China Studies (中国国情研究), Dr. Angang Hu is currently a Distinguished University Professor at Tsinghua University and Dean of the Institute of Contemporary China Studies. Dr. Hu has published widely cited, influential works on economic development, social transition and public policy in China. In addition to his role at Tsinghua, Dr. Hu has served on the Advisory Committee for China’s Thirteenth and Twelfth 5-Year Plans under NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission), the Advisory Committee for the National Disaster Mitigation Council and the Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2012, Dr. Hu was elected a member of the 18th CCP National Congress in 2012. 

At this event, Dr. Hu outlined the 3 stage ‘open-up’ reform policy China has adopted. Its aim is to further ‘open-up’ the country to all the educational opportunities the world has to offer. These transformative reforms will take place in 3 stages, where each stage will last 10 years.


Through these reforms, Dr. Hu explained how students will become researchers, who will in turn provide China with more educational resources. These reforms symbolize how China has entered the ‘golden age’ for ‘knowledge investment’.

It’s because of these reforms and China’s strong investment in education that Dr. Hu shared his great optimism for the future of China in 2050, revealing that he believed China could achieve their goals ahead of time.

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Third Annual Chinese Speech Competition







On Friday November 10th, 20 students of the Chinese language demonstrated their orating skills at the Third Annual Chinese Speech Competition hosted by the New York University Department of East Asian Studies in conjunction with NYU China House. Of the 20 applicants, 16 were recognized as finalists based on regimented criterion which included accurate pronunciation, tone, fluency, delivery and cadence.

Commencing at 3PM, the competition began with opening remarks from Senior Language Lecturer and the Language Coordinator Shiqi Liao, expressing his excitement in viewing such a strong interest from the student participation for the event. After these remarks, the the Elementary-Intermediate level began, the first level of two highlighted in the competition. Out of nine participants, Olivia Trieu from the Elementary Chinese class won the first prize with “My Family History.” This was followed by Intermediate I level finalists Jiyeon Mun and Samuel Khoshbin. Both Mun’s “Memorable Memory from Disney” and Khoshbin’s  “Bed, Bath and Beyond” took home the second prize.

Seven participants presented their speeches from the Advanced level, with Matthew Perry from the Advanced I Chinese class winning the first prize for “My Journey With Studying Chinese”. Alfonso Morgan from the Intermediate II Chinese class took home the second prize for “Sixth Generation Chinese Filmmakers”, while Matthew Bonan from the Post-Advanced Readings in Chinese Culture class won the third prize for “Chinese Hamburger”.

The Department of East Asian Studies and China House are proud to have held this competition and welcome student participation in upcoming events. Students interested in participating in future events are encouraged to reach out to their instructor.


China-US Cultural Forums | Cultural and Creative Dialogue


China is characterized today by vibrant development and change. This is true of the economy, and no less true in the arts, culture, and social innovation. New things emerge everyday, soon become a phenomenon, and then either turn into a solid stand or vanish in the overloaded information world. As a part of the Creative China Festival 2017, New York University hosted a forum on Oct 17 2017 which highlighted industry leaders who have made great contribution in the fields along with changemakers who are exploring the new routes.

In collaboration with Center of China and Globalization Think Tank, JD Foundation, Tencent, Tenyun Think Tank, China Institute, Asia Contemporary Art Week, The DO School, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the NYU China House, the specialized forum allowed professionals from both countries share their thoughts and practices through a unique lens. The China-US Cultural Forums Series typically focus on three areas: cultural collaboration, social innovation, and cultural and creative dialogue. The Cultural Forums intend to showcase China’s fluidity: always a work in progress, always a mixture of wisdom and chaos, never finished, never perfect.

Esteemed speakers at the event included artists Song Dong, Guo Hongwei, Yang Xin and Li Jun, as well as Michael L. Royce, the Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts–who has previously spent six trips to China speaking to artists who have yet to be discovered.Moderated by artist Christopher Ho, the forum also included an introductory speech by Cui Qiao, President of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation. Each speaker gave an insightful approach to viewing contemporary art and where the state of the medium is headed. 

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China House Premieres First Screening of Semester


On September 14, NYU China House and the China Institute presented a screening of the film Someone to Talk To, directed by Liu Yulin with a screenplay by Liu Zhenyun. The screening was reserved to capacity and was followed by a discussion and Q&A with Yulin, Zhenyun and NYU China House Director Zhang Xudong about the film and Zhenyun’s work as a writer.

The 2016 drama is based on Zhenyun’s own novel One Sentence is Ten Thousand Sentences, and depicts the loneliness of modern life through multiple generations. The novel was a bestseller and won the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 2011, one of the most esteemed prizes for literature in China. Zhenyun is one of China’s most beloved and critically acclaimed contemporary fiction writers and is known for his humorous and dramatic explorations of modern life.

Screenwriter Liu Yulin is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film program and her short film “Door God” won Best Woman Student Filmmaker at the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards in the East Region. Someone to Talk To is her first feature film and has played at numerous festivals including the Busan International Film Festival and the New York Asian Film Festival.

Director Cai Shangjun Screens Latest Film at China House


On September 21, NYU China House–in conjunction with the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation–hosted a screening of “The Conformist” (冰之下), a 2017 Chinese drama film directed by Cai Shangjun (蔡尚君). The award-winning film explores both crime narrative and character study in depicting the double life of a police informant who lives in a town on the Sino-Russian border.

Following the screening was a discussion and Q&A with the film director and moderated by Xudong Zhang, NYU China House Director and Professor of Comparative Literature & East Asian Studies. Shangjun opened up about his overall experiences in directing and the experimental components of his work as well as the censorship laws he had to navigate when producing the film.

Cai Shangjun graduated from China’s Central Academy of Drama in 1992. He was part of the team, along with Zhang Yang, Diao Yi’nan, and Liu Fendou, that co-wrote the screenplays for two of Zhang’s films, Spicy Love Soup (1997) and Shower (1999). Cai also cowrote a script for Zhang’s Sunflower (2005).  In 2007, Cai made his directorial debut with The Red Awn, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. In 2011, Cai won the Silver Lion for the Best Director at the 68th Venice International Film Festival with the film People Mountain People Sea.

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