China and Inner Asia
Centers, institutes, and departments that do “China Studies” have operated for many decades. Our missions include teaching, research, and the training of graduate students, but they also often include public and community outreach. With funding from private donors, university endowments, and government funds, such as Title VI, our missions can also range into foreign policy research, educational collaborations, and public service. In the United States, many of these centers have their origins in the Cold War when “area studies” was barely distinguishable from “enemy studies.” During the McCarthy Era in the US, founding members of the Modern China Studies field were interrogated and their patriotism was cast in doubt. We come together at one of the most difficult times in China Studies since that time. This panel brings together a diverse group of academics in China Studies who all lead major organizations that do China Studies in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong. We propose to discuss the effects of the deteriorating US-China relationship, the targeting of Chinese scholars and students by western governments concerned with “influence operations” and nontraditional espionage, and the effects of heightened repression in China, especially among intellectuals, Muslim minorities, and social activists. We ask what these developments mean for our field, for our educational and outreach missions, and for our ability to sustain research and teaching collaborations with our counterparts in China.