Chinese Family In Transition

Prof. Yu Xie

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar |6 January 2021


The Chinese family has been undergoing a rapid transition in the past few decades, with many of its traditional functions and practices fundamentally changed. We find that union formation in China has trended increasingly towards patterns commonly observed in the West, including delayed ages of marriage and common practices of premarital cohabitation. Despite below-replacement fertility, childlessness remains rare among married Chinese couples. In addition, almost all children are born and raised within marriage, with a virtual absence of nonmarital childbearing in China. Although a slight increase was observed in divorce across cohorts, the divorce rate within 10 years in China was much lower than in other East Asian societies. The speakers research suggested that the Chinese family has been changed by modernization and economic development, but it is still influenced by a Confucian culture.

Conference | The True Story of Ah Q Centenary

Hemant Adlakha,  Alexey Rodionov,  Raman Sinha, D S Rawat,  Sebastian Veg,  Senno Takumasa,  Jiang Yixin

Virtual International Conference | Zoom Webinar | 13 January 2021


The True Story of Ah Q first appeared as a nine-part series, a-chapter-a-week, in the Literary Pages of the Morning News or Chenbao, published from Beiping (now Beijing) between December 1921 and February 1922. Lu Xun, fearing rebuke and rejection from the so-called guardians of the traditional literary scholars, chose Ba Ren (in Chinese Ba Ren meant a ‘commoner’) as the pseudonym for the column – to both hide his identity and to protect his literary image. What was most overwhelming for Lu Xun was the chapter-by-chapter publication of The True Story of Ah Q becoming a sensation among people from all walks of life, especially among intellectual circles. Since 4 December one hundred years ago, scholars and critics in China, Japan and in the West, have relentlessly upheld True Story of Ah Q .



US–China Relations under the Biden Administration: Implications for India

Amb. Arun K. Singh,  Ananth Krishnan

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 20 January 2021


As the US transitions to a Biden Presidency, there is inevitable anxiety among countries, institutions, and people at the receiving end of China’s unilateral assertions based on its accrued economic, technological, and military strength. For decades, especially since 1979, US policy was “engagement” with China in the belief and advocacy that this would lead to political and economic liberalization. The Deng-articulated policy of “hide and bide” did not challenge this assumption directly. The Obama-Biden administration, from 2009- 2016, struggled to find the right approach, moving from “strategic reassurance” to “pivot” and then “rebalance” to Asia. But it shied away from effectively preventing Chinese militarization of features in the South China Sea, and did not support Japanese and Philippines claims on Scarborough and Senkaku. 

13th All India Conference of China Studies


AICCS | Zoom Webinar |28-30 January 2021


The All India Conference of China Studies (AICCS) is the flagship event of the ICS, convened annually, with the principal objective of spreading interest in and strengthening research on China and East Asian Studies in India. The 13th AICCS was held in collaboration with IIT - Madras China Studies Centre. Each conference has a special theme and this year’s theme focused on “China at the Crossroads: New Directions in Politics, Environment and Economy”. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Minister for External Affairs, Hon’ble Dr. S. Jaishankar.

Volume 56 | Issue 4 | November 2020

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: An Analysis of its Impact on the Indian Economy

Manmohan Agarwal |Issue No. 127 | January 2021
The outbreak of coronavirus has shaken the world with more than 1,443,804 deaths and millions of infected patients.
ICS Occasional Paper

Fledgling Sub-Regionalism in Eastern South Asia: Reasons for China’s Shift Towards Bilateralism in BCIM

Mahendra P Lama |Issue No. 65 | January 2021
Insurance is a very important financial services industry and is a pillar or support system for the entire economy of a country, it is important to study the insurance industries of the countries to get a fair idea about how the assets of a country is protected.
ICS Occasional Paper

Recent Initiatives to Promote China Studies in India: A Preliminary Report and Assessment

Madhavi Thampi |Issue No. 66 |January 2021
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of public health systems all around the world. The failure of public health system on curative front has exhibited that there is a need of integrating diverse medical systems and practices into the mainstream public health systems to make them holistic.

Why are people in Japan and South Korea rich but unhappy?

Arghya Jana| Issue No:23| January 2021
Both Japan and South Korea, the two most developed countries in East Asia are by no means below many developed countries in the western world.

A First Farewell (2018)

Hemant Adlakha| Issue No:21 | January 2021
Lina Wang’s directorial debut has been described as “a poem to her hometown, portraying a Muslim farm boy’s relationship with his deaf-mute mother, his friendship with a girl, and his parting from them”. A First Farewell (October 2018) is a moving story about a school boy from a family of goat herders in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur..

Is there a Good China Hand in Biden Team?

Hemant Adlakha| Issue No:22 | January 2021
As Joe Biden prepares to assume office, questions are being asked: Does Biden have China experts around him? Who is a ‘true’ China expert?



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