Yale & China

China Hands is an undergraduate student publication at Yale University. Through the support of Yale staff, faculty, and students, China Hands is able to provide valuable insights into the complex political, economic, and cultural issues that shape the relationship between China and the U.S. Yale has a long history with China, dating back to the mid-19th century when Yale-educated missionaries founded China’s first modern university, and the university has since maintained strong academic and cultural ties with China. Below are some of the Yale initiatives that help to promote a stronger understanding of China today. Please refer to our features to learn about upcoming China related events and opportunities at Yale.

Yale-China Association

The Yale-China Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1901 to promote understanding between the United States and China through education, exchange, and collaboration. The association partners with individuals, institutions, and communities in both countries to address pressing social, health, and educational issues, with a particular focus on public health, education, and cultural exchange. Some of the association’s initiatives include supporting the development of rural schools in China, training healthcare professionals, promoting cross-cultural understanding through arts and language programs, and facilitating academic exchanges between Yale and Chinese universities. The Yale-China Association aims to build long-lasting relationships and mutual respect between the peoples of the United States and China, fostering greater global cooperation and understanding.

The Council on East Asian Studies

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is an interdisciplinary program that promotes the study of East Asia and its interactions with the world through research, teaching, and outreach. The council brings together faculty, students, and scholars from various disciplines such as history, literature, anthropology, political science, and economics to explore a broad range of topics related to East Asia, including its cultures, societies, languages, religions, politics, and economies. The council also offers a variety of academic programs and resources, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs, research fellowships, language training, and funding for research and study abroad. Through its diverse activities and resources, the council seeks to foster a deeper understanding of East Asia and its global significance.

Yale Chinese Language Program

The Yale Chinese Language Program is a comprehensive language program that provides instruction in Mandarin Chinese for students of all levels, from beginners to advanced learners. The program emphasizes both language acquisition and cultural understanding, with courses covering a range of topics such as grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension, as well as Chinese history, literature, and contemporary society. In addition to classroom instruction, the program offers opportunities for language practice through language partners, conversation hours, and cultural events. The program’s goal is to develop students’ proficiency in Chinese language and cultural competence, preparing them for a range of academic, professional, and personal pursuits related to China and Chinese-speaking communities around the world.

Yale Beijing Center

The Yale Beijing Center is a collaborative educational and research institution established by Yale University in partnership with China’s Peking University to promote academic exchange and cultural understanding between the United States and China. The center provides a platform for faculty, students, and scholars from both universities to engage in interdisciplinary research and coursework in fields such as humanities, social sciences, and environmental studies, while also facilitating cross-cultural exchange through language and cultural programs, conferences, and events.

Paul Tsai China Center

The Paul Tsai China Center is a research and policy center at Yale Law School focused on deepening understanding of China and its interaction with the world through rigorous interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement. The center is named after Paul Tsai, a prominent Chinese-American attorney and philanthropist, and seeks to advance his legacy by fostering constructive dialogue and collaboration between scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from the United States, China, and beyond. The center’s research areas include Chinese law and governance, international trade and investment, human rights, and cybersecurity, among others, and it hosts a variety of events, conferences, and publications to promote informed and productive engagement on these issues.