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Center for Chinese Cultural Studies

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Center for Chinese Cultural Studies

Office

Hak-kwan Rm. 502

Tel

82-2-3277-6628

Email

E600079@ewha.ac.kr

Fax

82-2-3277-6629

Introduction

Today, the whole world is amazed at and keenly interested in the explosive economic growth of China. China in this 21st century is emerging as one of two super powers (called G2) leading the world along with the USA. These changes require the expansion and deepening of research on China. The need for systematic studies of China, including objective analyses and general evaluations of the future directions that China will take, and Korea’s response measures is a trend of the times. The Chinese Culture Research Institute was established to answer this request.

Leading universities and institutes of the world are conducting Chinese studies while actively performing academic research, holding symposiums, publishing journals, and operating libraries. Our Institute focuses on paying attention to the rapid changes of China, exploring the sources of traditional culture behind the changes, and identifying the relationships and connections between the two. Exploration into the traditional aspects is not only an important reference scheme for designing the future but it will also contribute to the new understanding of the commonality of East Asian civilizations, including Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. The current changes that China is going through have both bright and dark sides. Balanced perceptions and comprehensive analyses of the amazing economic growth, at the annual growth rate of around 10%, and the problems as the price of the economic growth, such as the gaps between regions and social classes, will contribute to the establishment and implementation of concrete plans for common development through mutual cooperation beyond vague anxiety or expectations on the part of the Korean people.

The Institute focuses on "culture" as a keyword for understanding China. In order to reveal the historical connectivity and future paths of China beyond the connection and disconnection of the traditional and modern world and the opposition and conflicts between China and the Western World, there is no doubt that the key is to elucidate the integral and cumulative aspects of the Chinese "culture." Therefore, the academic direction of the Institute is to actively strive for convergence and communication between various disciplines and research methods, including cultural anthropology, artistic history, religions, folklore, and geography, while being firmly based on the research methods of liberal arts, such as literature, history, and philosophy. Through these efforts, the Institute wants to subdivide China in terms of regional and ethnic aspects and understand China in a multilayered manner so as to specifically and actively reveal the multifaceted characters of China as a complex cultural community.

Meanwhile, from the aspect of socialization of research results, the Institute intends to promote internal academic dialogues about data and interpretation and the sharing of research results. Furthermore, the Institute will actively pursue academic explanations about issues on China when it is required by the community so as to contribute to practical areas, such as cultural exchanges between Korea and China and the establishment of national development strategies and policies.

Specifically, the Chinese Culture Research Institute carries out the following projects:
Research projects

  • Deepening of academic research in each area
    • - Setting important research goals for each area of study
    • - Development of research projects: Acquisition of research funds from the National Research Foundation of Korea and other sponsoring institutions.
  • Reinforcement of interdisciplinary academic studies
    • - Development of interdisciplinary academic research programs
  • Publication of research results
    • - Publication of the "Chinese Culture (tentative name)" journal
    • - Publication of books that contain research results by subject
    • - Publication of a library of Chinese studies research books and a library of translated books on Chinese studies

Exchange projects

  • Human exchanges
    • - Increase academic exchanges with major universities and institutes in China, invitation of international scholars and interchange of researchers
  • Organization of academic conferences and seminars
    • - Organization of periodic domestic academic conferences
    • - Organization of periodic international academic conferences
    • - Organization of academic seminars by subject
  • Collection and sharing of data
    • - Build and open a Chinese studies database by collecting and organizing related books, journals and videos.
  • Public Relations
    • - Operation of the Institute web site
    • - Publication of Institute news magazine (seasonal)