The China Institute at Bucknell University was officially launched in Fall 2013.

The Institute's mission is to promote teaching, research, and learning about China and China-related studies on campus. The Institute is committed to contributing to diversity and cutting-edge scholarship at Bucknell University.


Several Bucknell faculty members began contemplating a center for China studies as early as the mid-1990s, but there was insufficient interest and support. In 2011 the idea was revived. With China in the international headlines daily, interest in the Asian giant has grown noticeably on campus. In spring 2012, a six-member steering committee submitted a formal program proposal and began to establish the China Institute.

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China Institute Events

Since its inauguration, the China Institute has presented several lectures by our own faculty as well as invited speakers, and hosted three national China Town Halls in cooperation with the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

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2019 China Institute Events

Thursday, Feb. 7

Sounds of China

Lecture/Demo, Noon - 1 p.m. @ Weis Center Atrium: Presentation on Chinese music and instrumentation, as well as the link between traditional and contemporary Chinese musical performance.

Performance, 7:30 p.m. @ Weis Center, followed by a small reception. Led by artistic director and composer Ma Jiuyue, "Sounds of China" features an outstanding ensemble of contemporary Chinese folk musicians that blends the ancient with the modern by combining time-honored Chinese music with modern arrangements.

Visit the Weis Center for More Information

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Film Screening of Maineland

Directed by Miao Wang (China/U.S. 2017), 89 min. Meet the director in person! Co-presented by Bucknell’s Education & International Relations Departments. Introduced by Professor Abe Feuerstein.

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., Maineland follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in rural, blue-collar Maine.

The screeming starts at 7 the Campus Theater (413 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA) and is open to the public.

More Information Available at The BU Film Blog

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