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  • Norma Diamond Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Robert Dernberger Professor of Economics
  • Alexander Eckstein Professor of Economics
  • James Crump Professor of Chinese
  • James Dew Associate Professor of Chinese
  • Kenneth DeWoskin Assistant Professor of Chinese
  • Luis Gomez Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies
  • Charles Hucker Professor of Chinese, Professor of History
  • Shuen-fu Lin Assistant Professor of Chinese
  • Ching-heng Ma Lecturer in Chinese
  • Harriet Mills Professor of Chinese
  • Hilda Ruey Lecturer in Chinese
  • Rhoads Murphey Professor of Geography
  • Chun-shu Chang Professor of History
  • Albert Feuerwerker Professor of History
  • Ernest Young Professor of History
  • Richard Edwards Professor of Far Eastern Art
  • Virginia Kane Associate Professor of Far Eastern Art
  • Donald Munro Professor of Philosophy
  • Michel Oksenberg Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Richard Solomon Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Allen Whiting Professor of Political Science
  • Martin Whyte Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Yi-tsi Feuerwerker Lecturer, Residential College
  • Marilyn Young Associate Professor, Residential College
  • Cho-yee To Associate Professor of Education
  • Whitmore Gray Professor of Law

Page  4The Center has served as the sponsor and coordinator of extensive research activities by graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Between 1967 and 1975, 48 postdoctoral scholars each spent six months to a year or more in association with the Center's research programs. These scholars include not only younger Americans of great promise, but also senior and junior researchers from many foreign countries, including Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, France, Israel, the Soviet Union, and Canada.

Research projects undertaken by the Center have focused on such areas as China's modern economy, colloquial Chinese literature, the politics of the People's Republic of China, Chinese painting, imperial Chinese political institutions, modern Chinese history, the family in rural China, Chinese foreign policy, and the ideology of the People's Republic.

Some of the Center's research findings have appeared in the Michigan Studies on China series, which was published first through the University of California Press and later by the University of Michigan Press. Through 1975, eight volumes were published in this series. The Center itself publishes two monograph series: Michigan Papers in Chinese Studies, of which twenty-three volumes appeared through 1975; and Michigan Abstracts of Chinese and Japanese Works on Chinese History, of which four volumes had been published by 1975. Until 1974, a Center for Chinese Studies Reprint series was also distributed. The research that appears in these publications has been based in part on fieldwork in East Asia supported by the Center and, to a very large extent, on the collection of Chinese-language materials in the Asia Library of the University of Michigan. By 1975, the 30,000 volumes of Chinese-language materials of 1960 had grown to 162,530 volumes and microfilm reels, thus constituting one of the United States' outstanding collections for research on China in the social sciences and humanities. This collection, which is serviced by a staff of five librarians and four nonprofessionals, is constantly Page  5being augmented by the acquisition of approximately 10,000 new volumes each year.

The Center for Chinese Studies, together with the Center for Japanese Studies and the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, has administrative responsibility for the M.A. program in Asian studies. From 1961 to 1975, 137 students were awarded master's degrees in Asian studies with a speciality on China. During the same period 61 Ph.D. degrees were awarded to students who were enrolled in the various disciplinary departments of the University and whose field of specialization was China. In 1974-1975, 54 graduate students were enrolled in M.A. programs and 74 in Ph.D. programs with a special interest in the Chinese area; 126 courses on China were offered by the University, with 2,484 undergraduate students and 985 graduate students enrolled.

In addition to research and instructional activities, the Center maintains an active program of research colloquia, lectures, informal "bag lunches", student publications, film series, and the like, all of which serve to tie together the intellectual and social interests of a large community of faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Faculty associates of the Center are actively involved in professional activities at the national level through such organizations as the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Committee on Scholarly Communications with the People's Republic of China of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the several national professional academic organizations. Faculty associates of the Center appear regularly on television and radio programs, write for the press and popular journals, and serve as consultants to United States government agencies and private organizations on contemporary developments in China.

Throughout the period 1961-1975, the Center and its faculty associates maintained active ties with their academic colleagues and organizations in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Page  6As the period grew to a close, several members of the Center were actively involved in developing the first academic contacts with the People's Republic of China.

Albert Feuerwerker, Professor of History, served as director of the Center from 1961 to 1967; the late Alexander Eckstein, Professor of Economics, was director from 1967 to 1969; Rhoads Murphey, Professor of Geography, held that office from 1969 to 1972; and Professor Feuerwerker has again served as director of the Center since 1972.

The Center's administrative offices are located in Lane Hall, but its research offices are located in Corner House on Thayer Street. Lane Hall serves as a central meeting point for faculty, staff, and students of Chinese studies and is the home of a busy program of extracurricular activities.