As our access to Chinese data sources becomes increasingly constrained, and the political atmosphere narrows opportunities for informal collaboration, many China scholars physically outside China have been scrambling to find new and innovative ways to mitigate these trends. One promising – but rarely mentioned – avenue is to dust off the tools Sinologists utilized from the 1960s through the 1970s, when it was impossible to contemplate the kind of access that many of us have been able to take for granted, but which allowed these scholars to get so many things about China right.
In Part I of the Relearning the Lost Arts of China Scholarship workshop series, the SCRC hosted Professor Frederick Teiwes, Emeritus Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney, and one of the most important and influential scholars of elite politics over the past five decades. In Part II of the workshop series, we hosted Professor Joseph Fewsmith and Professor Alice Miller. In Part III, we hosted Thomas Fingar who is the Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, and former first deputy director of national intelligence for analysis chairman of the National Intelligence Council.