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Book Launch "Northern Lights at Peach Flower Hill - A Norwegian Family in love with China"

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 15:30

"Northern Lights at Peach Flower Hill - A Norwegian Family in love with China"
by Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers.

Host: Fudan Development Institute, Nordic Centre, Fudan University
Time: 26 May 2017, 15:30
Venue: Think Tank building, Room 404, Fudan University

15:30-15:40            Opening Remarks
Gui Yongzha            Vice President Fudan University
15:40-17:00            The Story Behind the Story
Dagfinn Høybråten   Author of the Book, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Minister
Liu Chunrong           Executive Vice Director, Fuda-European Centre for China Studies
Qian Yimin              Archives of Fudan University
Zeng Yuehong         President, Yi Yang Center Hospital
Yan Zhiyuan            Dr. Yen Fuching's grandson, Associated Professor, Shangahi Medical College,                                 Fudan University

Fudan Center and NIAS hosted a delegation headed by Prof. Yonghao Gui, Vice President of Fudan University and discussed cross-disciplinary research on public health

On March 26, 2017, Fudan Center and NIAS hosted a visiting delegation headed by the Vice President of Fudan University, Prof. Yonghao Gui. The delegation also includes Prof. Ming-Wei Wang (Dean, School of Pharmacy at Fudan), Dr. Hong Lan (Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy at Fudan).

The visitors met with Geir Helgesen and Chunrong Liu and explored the ideas and potentials for Fudan-Nordic research collaboration on the sociocultural dimensions of public health.  Geir and Chunrong briefed the delegation of the function of NIAS and the Fudan Center’s approach of cooperation. The idea to incorporate health and human security as a thematic area for cross-border research engagement in the Fudan Center’s new strategy was also encouraged and supported by VP Gui.  In Prof. Ming-Wei Wang’s word, “social science and humanities matter to the studies of public health in any context, in particular Chinese societies.  We are looking forward to using Fudan Center as a tool and working with our Nordic partners to strengthen our cross-disciplinary research ties and generate real insights for public health”. 

The Fudan delegation was a combined visit to Copenhagen and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In Copenhagen, they attended the Sino-Danish Regulatory Science Center Second Joint Meeting held at the University of Copenhagen and discussed a number of major research and education projects sponsored by Novo Nordisk, hoping to expand bilateral and multilateral co-operations in the years to come.


Fudan-European Centre for China Studies extends its contract for another 4 years

Laying a New Milestone

Fudan President Xu Ningsheng visited Copenhagen University and extended the contract of Fudan-European Centre for China Studies for a second term.
From 23rd to 24th of November, 2016, Professor Xu Ningsheng, President of Fudan University visited University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and extended the contract of Fudan-European Centre for China Studies for a second term of four years (2017-2021).  His visit was accompanied by Dr. Zhu Chouwen, director of Fudan Foreign Affairs Office, Prof. Chen Wen, dean of School of Public Health, Dr. Zhang Yi, executive dean of Fudan Development Institute (FDDI) and Prof. Liu Jiping from School of International Relations and Public Affair. The delegation was well received at UCPH and the visit has created a new chapter for Fudan Center and generated new dynamics for Fudan-UCPH collaboration.

On the 26th to 27th of September 2016, the Fudan-UCPH Welfare Development in the 21st Century: Comparing Chinese and Danish Experiences was held at Fudan University, Shanghai.


The workshop was co-organized by the School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Fudan University and Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen. The Fudan-European Center for China Studies at the University of Copenhagen facilitated and co-organized this event.  “This is an opportunities for both sides. I think we have taken an important first step towards collaboration between our two departments.” said Janus Hansen, Head of Department of Sociology at UCPH.

The workshop addressed critical challenges facing Chinese and Danish societies in a globalized context. According to Chunrong Liu, co-director Fudan Center, “Both societies are confronted with a changing social contract, leading to evolving conditions in gender, education, elderly care, and social welfare broadly defined. There is a growing demand for understanding these transformations from a comparative perspective.

Bringing together Fudan-UCPH scholars within the sociology discipline, many of the papers in the workshop show interesting implications of and solutions for the social challenges facing both Denmark and China. Prof. Cheng Yuan, vice dean of SSDPP, said that “the exchange of perspectives from the Fudan-UCPH scholars can deepen the understanding of these social challenges, which are arguably interconnected and comparable.”

The workshop was structured on several panels dealing with a rich variety of issues: gender and family relations, welfare and social protection, and education challenges. Prof. Mads Meier Jæger of UCPH and Prof. Chen Feinan of Fudan University delivered keynote speech entitled Cultural Capital, Teacher Bias, and Educational Success: New Evidence from Monozygotic Twins, and Double Burden for Women in Mid and Later Life: Evidence from Time Use Profiles in Philippines respectively. In Prof. Jæger’s lecture, he  presented his findings from using data on Danish monozygotic (MZ) twins to analyze the effect of cultural capital in multiple contexts on educational success in Denmark; in Prof. Chen Feinan’s keynote, using data from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey he employed latent class analysis to develop time use class membership to characterize the degree to which women in Cebu, Philippines are subject to the double burden of work and family responsibilities in mid and later life.

The workshop was concluded with a roundtable discussion on the prospects and challenges of sociological comparisons between China and Denmark as well as a discussion on the future development of the Fudan-Copenhagen collaboration.











Kasper Ørntoft Thor New student assistant at the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

Kasper is a MA student of Chinese studies at the University of Copenhagen with a background in linguistics.

In the course of the last year Kasper has been pursuing his studies in Taiwan, where he studied a semester at National Taiwan University and later undertook a six months internship at the Danish Trade Council, Taipei, to learn more about diplomacy and international business and trade, and to improve his Chinese. Now he is busy writing his thesis on Chinese foreign policy and public diplomacy efforts.

With this being the very last semester of his MA program, Kasper is very happy to be back at NIAS, this time working for the Fudan-European Center.

Chunrong Liu publishes new analysis on The Rise of the Chinese Middle class

Chunrong Liu, Executive Vice Director of the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies has recently published a policy analysis on the rise of Chinese middle class was recently published in Friends of Europe, entitled "The rise of a middle-class society and its implication for China-EU relations".

Read the full analysis here.

Comparing Dynamics of Social Capital in Japan and China

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:30 to 14:00

Lunch seminar with Prof. Shinya Ueno and Dr Chunrong Liu

Professor Shinya Ueno from the Center for Policy Studies, Kumamoto University is a noted expert on social capital and local governance in Japan. His presentation will focus on the structural cause of the decline of social capital.



The Impact of Structural Change on Social Capital and Social Network in Rural Japan

In this exploratory study, we examine how social capital and social network are related to the structural change of communities in rural Japan. Governments have been implementing various measures for overcoming population decline and vitalizing local economy. However, centralization to big cities and decreasing population in rural areas never stopped. Our data is based on fieldworks conducted in the wide range of Japan agricultural areas. The findings suggest that the community function and social capital are susceptible to damage by decreasing of residents’ population and networks. We discuss implications for community development activities by resident associations and public policies.


Chunrong Liu is associate professor and executive vice director of the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies. He will address the role of urban community governance in social capital accumulation.


The Politics of Social Capital Accumulation in Urban Shanghai

This presentation sets out to explain the dynamics of community-level social capital accumulation in post-socialist urban Shanghai. I argue that the forms and dynamics of horizontal social ties are not rooted in the civil society sector, historical traditions or a result of rational choice as suggested by conventional wisdoms. Rather, they are a cumulative effect of the state-led urban community governance innovation. While the bureaucratic form of community institution contributes to top-down state control by breeding clientilistic ties, the rise of deliberative institution in community governance becomes an important source of information about the reliability and capabilities of their neighbors, and functions as a salient springboard for collaborative interactions among the residents, thus facilitating social capital accumulation.

All are welcome. Feel free to bring your own lunch.


Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, 18.1.08, CSS. Øster Farimagsgade 5

Organizer: Fuden Centre, NIAS and ADI

Fudan Day: China’s New Diplomacy and the voices from below

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00

Join us for an informal Fuday Day Event where colleagues from Fudan University and University of Copenhagen discuss China’s New Diplomacy and the voices that are emerging from below through Chinese social media. The event also includes a student dialogue, free lunch, music and a reception/Friday bar.

Programme (tentative)

Lecture Session (10:00-12:30)

  • China’s New Diplomacy|Prof. PAN Rui / Discussant: Camilla T.N. Sørensen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UCPH
  • One Belt One Road and China’s New Diplomacy | Dr. ZHANG Ji / Discussant: Clemens Stubbe Østergaard, Senior Researcher, NIAS
  • New Face of Chinese Culture in the New Media | Prof. YAN Feng / Discussant: TBC

Lunch and Mini Concert (12:30-14:00)

  • Traditional Chinese musical instrument PIPA played by CHEN Jiali, student

Student Dialogue Session (14:00-15:30)

  • Creation and innovation of Chinese youth | LIU Yinan (Ph.D. Candidate, School of Economics) / Discussant: TBC
  • Joint responsibility: Youth Cultural Exchange and Future Global Governance | ZHANG Yunxiang (Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Relations and Public Affairs) /Discussant: TBC

Reception/Friday Bar (15:30-17:00)

Download: Detailed programme including abstract and short bios of the speakers (tentative!).

The event is free of charge but registration is required.
Register for "Fudan Day: China’s New Diplomacy and the voices from below" - registration closes 28 September 2016

Venue: NIAS Conference Room: 18.1.08 (University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, Building 18.1, entrance E)
Organizer: Fudan-European Center for China Studies, NIAS-Nordic Institute for Asian Studies,

China Lecture "Governing the Arctic and Antarctic" by Prof Chen Li

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 15:00 to 16:30

The Antarctic and Arctic are often linked together in discussions and projects -­‐ both regions are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and human activities. However Antarctic and Arctic are far apart in political control and legal protections. This lecture shows how the different geographic features of and human activities in Antarctic and Arctic determine the distinct legal status under international law and the legal framework of governance. China’s role in the polar governance will also be discussed.

CHEN Li is Professor of international Law at law School of Fudan University. She is the standing councilor of China Private International Law Association, vice director of Shanghai Law Society, the arbitrator of both Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shanghai International Arbitration Center. Professor Chen specializes in Private International Law, International Economic Law and Antarctic governance. She was the visiting scholar at Max Planck Institute (2001), Yale University (2004-­‐2005), and was a Fullbright visiting scholar at University of Virginia (2012-­‐2013). (2012-­‐2013).

Venue: NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, meeting room, Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 18.1 (entrance E)

Organized by Fudan European Centre for China Studies & Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Autumn activities at the Fudan-European Centre

The next couple of months will be busy with many interesting visits and events, the ones mentioned below is just some of them.

Like last year, we will received a delegation from Wuxi-Insitute for a mini Summer Course on "Advanced Economy and Business" taking place on 22-26 August at Asia House.

23 August "Vested interest in Chinese politics – a form of corruption or a means to get things done?" An open roundtable event with Professor Yu Zheng, Fudan University and Professor Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen. Co-org. with Working Group on Economics and Business. Read more

24 August "China’s aid and investment in developing countries"  a seminar with Professor Yu Zheng, Fudan University and Senior Research Yang Jiang, DIIS. Co-org. with the Working Group on Economics and Business in collaboration with DIIS. Read more

29 August we are planning a lunch talk by prof. Chen Li on "Governing Polar Region" (still TBC)

On 9 September the Fudan-European Centre will receive a research delegation from the Chinese Political History Archive, who will meet with relevant people from NIAS and the Royal Library.

The Fudan-European centre and the Univerisity of Copenhagen have planned a Welfare Research Workshop, which will take place at the Fudan University in Shanghai 26-27 September.

1 October we are hosting a seminar on the ongoing Fudan-European Centre project of Mapping China Studies in Europe.

Finally from 31 September to 9 October the "Fudan Day" will take place in Belgium and Spain, maybe combined with a visit in Copenhagen as well.