British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 10 (2020)

What Use is Chinese Studies in a Pandemic? Writing From an International Relations Perspective

Chi Zhang
University of St Andrews
Published July 6, 2020
How to Cite
Zhang, C. (2020). What Use is Chinese Studies in a Pandemic?. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 10.


The ongoing, highly politicised COVID-19 puts Chinese studies to the test. Compared to hard sciences, Chinese studies seems to have lost its shine in search of an immediate cure. However, I argue that it is precisely in situations like this that Chinese studies should be reinvigorated for a number of reasons.

  • international relations,
  • pandemic,
  • Chinese studies
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