Chinese Working Group

Painting by Chao Shao-an
Persimmons: Dawn Frost, ink and pigment on paper, by Chinese artist Chao Shao-an (1905-1998).  The artwork was featured at the exhibition "Chao Shao-an: Moments between Worlds" sponsored by the Liu Institute at the Snite Museum of Art in 2020. Courtesy of the Artist's family.

The Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Working Group was established in Spring 2020, creating a collaborative forum for faculty fellows, graduate students, and guest speakers to present and receive critiques on new academic work. Its founding members included Tarryn Chun, Xian Wang, Iris Ma, and Michel Hockx.

In 2023, the group evolved into the Chinese Working Group, broadening its scope to foster a dynamic intellectual community dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education on China.

Driven by its members' interests, the Chinese Working Group organizes an array of China-centric events throughout the year. These include regular seminars to discuss works-in-progress, panel discussions, and a series of lectures, all under the auspices of the Liu Institute. The group also actively collaborates with the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Beijing and the Global Center in Hong Kong, forging partnerships with local educational institutions.

As a coordinated, faculty-led initiative, the Chinese Working Group significantly contributes to the Liu Institute's mission of enhancing general awareness, understanding, and knowledge about China.

Liang Cai, associate professor of history, currently leads the group.

Spring 2024 Meetings

Meeting dates for spring 2024 are listed below. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Working paper presentation by Liang Cai, "Where Were the Compensations for Victims? Body Politic and the Absence of Corrective Justice in Early Chinese Law (221 BCE–9 CE)"
12:00–1:30 p.m., 2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Friday, April 19, 2024
Working paper presentation by Karrie Koesel, "Telling China’s Story Well: Propping Up the PRC and Undermining Alternative"
12:00–1:30 p.m., 2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

To join the Chinese Working Group, please email