Announcing: 2016 China Focus Essay Contest

China Focus and the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China at UCSD GPS proudly announce the 2016 China Focus Essay Contest. The second annual contest invites students from the University of California system and Fudan University to submit an essay reflecting on U.S.-China relations.

Two winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Winners and finalists will have the opportunity to publish their work with China Focus. Finalists will be notified by late September and winners will be announced in December.


What was the biggest missed opportunity for U.S.-China cooperation in the past two decades?


Each entry must be the original work by a student enrolled in the 10 campuses of the University of California system or Fudan University for the 2015-16 academic year. Collaborative projects are encouraged (as long as one of the co-authors is affiliated with a UC campus or Fudan), but prize money must be split among the collaborators. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students only. Entries must be in English.

Essays should be written in op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) with a length of 1,000-2,000 words.


CONTEST PRIZE: Two $1,000 prizes

Please visit China Focus Blog to read the 2015 winning essays by Christine Jiang from UC Berkeley and Xiao Yuan from Fudan University.


Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges drawn from the China Focus board of advisers: Xu Xian, Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Karl Gerth and Barry Naughton

1. Send your submission to us by email ( with the subject heading: CFContest-Last Name

2. Send from your university email address ”submissions only are permitted from .edu emails from Fudan University and the UC system.

3. Send your essay as a PDF in an email attachment.

4. Please include the full name, school affiliation at the end of the essay or in the video description in the following format:

[Author 1 Full Name, Chinese Name (optional)] [School Affiliation] [Degree Pursued, Year] [Nationality/Country Name]


Jack Zhang
UC San Diego
Ph.D. Student in Political Science, 4th year American

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Jack Zhang

Jiakun Jack Zhang is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas (KU). He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego. His dissertation examines when and why economically interdependent countries use military versus economic coercion in foreign policy disputes. In 2018-2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Jack holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in East Asian studies from Duke University, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Duke East Asia Nexus and was a co-founder of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. At UC San Diego, he served as the senior advisor to the 21st Century China Center’s China Focus Blog. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Jack worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @HanFeiTzu.

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