“中国焦点”作文大赛 China Focus Essay Contest

China Focus Essay Contest (English Version)

China Focus is proud to announce the 2022 China Focus Essay Contest. This year’s contest is organized by China Focus and is jointly hosted by the 21st Century China Center,  the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, and the 1990 Institute.

Starting this year, we will accept both Chinese and English submissions. The contest offers two topics and awards two prizes of $1000 for each topic: one top entry from Chinese language entries and the other from English language entries. 

Award winners will grant China Focus and co-sponsors the right to publish their essays on their respective platforms or in their publications. They will also be invited to participate in a panel discussion about the two topics.


Topic 1: Both China and the U.S. face the challenge of large tech companies wielding huge influence in their respective economies and societies. How to regulate them without stifling growth or innovation is a key consideration for policymakers. Such regulations are also fraught with political and technological implications for both countries.  

Write an essay that analyzes recent regulatory activities directed against large tech companies in both countries and considers their political, economic, or technological consequences. If appropriate, outline what principles should undergird a sensible regulatory framework that will promote innovation while protecting consumers.

Topic 2: Both China and the United States face the problem of disinformation to some degree. How does the scale and content of disinformation reflect political and societal conflicts in both countries? Have both countries responded effectively to counter disinformation?  Why or why not? In discussing these questions, be sure to define disinformation in both national contexts clearly.  


Each entry must be the original work by students enrolled in U.S. or Chinese universities during the 2021-22 academic year as well as students who graduated from college after May 2021. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Collaborative projects are encouraged, but prize money must be split among collaborators. Entries can be in either English or Chinese. 

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

Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges drawn from the China Focus board of advisers, experts in U.S.-China relations from the 21st Century China Center, and others with relevant expertise. 

CONTEST DEADLINE: April 16th, 2022, 11:59 PST

CONTEST PRIZE: Four $1,000 prizes

PREVIOUS WINNING ESSAYS:  https://chinafocus.ucsd.edu/category/essay-contest/


  • Send your submission to us by email (chinafocus@ucsd.edu) with the subject heading: “CFContest-LastName“
  • Send from your university email address.
  • Send your essay attached as a PDF.
  • Please include a cover page with the following information:
    • Submission title 
    • Author name(s)
    • Affiliated school 
    • Degree pursued in the current school year 
    • Nationality 
    • 3-4 sentences bio
    • An alternative (permanent) email address (different from the school email address)

If you have any questions,  please contact us at chinafocus@ucsd.edu


2022″中国焦点”年度征文比赛由”中国焦点”(China Focus)倡议和组织,由“中国焦点”、圣地亚哥加州大学21世纪中国研究中心、复旦-加大当代中国研究中心、1990协会共同举办。本届比赛共有两个主题,邀请就读于中、美两国的本科生、研究生 (包括毕业不到一年的学生) 任选其中一个主题,针对中美两国正共同面对的一些挑战表述自己的观点和看法。


征文比赛题目 (二选一):





参赛者须于2021至2022学年度在中国或美国大学注册或有学籍 (包括毕业不到一年的学生)的学生。比赛对本科生、研究生以及博士生开放。如果征文稿由多位作者共同撰写,则奖金须平分。







  • 在截止期限之前,将稿件存为PDF格式,寄至chinafocus@ucsd.edu,标题“CFContest-LastName
  • 征文必须由学校官方电子邮箱寄出
  • 除去文章本体,请于稿件首加上一页封面页,并包含以下信息:
    • 文章标题
    • 作者姓名
    • 所属学校
    • 当前所修学位
    • 国籍
    • 个人简历 (3-4句话即可)
    • 永久个人电子邮箱(非学校官方邮箱)

如果您还有其他问题,请咨询 chinafocus@ucsd.edu

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