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Portland State University

The 25th ACPSS International Conference

September 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019 all-day
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
The 25th ACPSS International Conference @ Portland State University | Portland | Oregon | United States
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Challenges and Opportunities in the Midst of Sino-US Political and Economic Tensions


China and United States are two giants in the east and the west. According to “U.S. Relationswith China (1949-2018)”, the Sino-US “relationships have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying diplomacy, growing international rivalry, and increasinglyintertwined economies.” Politically and economically, the United States considers China a threat to US national security when China pursues its ‘China Dream’ and tries to build a ‘new relationship of great powers with the U.S.’. With intensified trade war between the two countries, the tensions of the two giants have been escalated, which has affected a broad range of areas such as cultural exchange, peaceful collaboration, and intellectual mutual respect. Nevertheless, challenges and opportunities coexist, and it will be critical to examine both in the midst of political and economic tensions. Therefore, the 2019 annual conference of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States invites papers and panels that focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Political and Economic Reform (政治和经济改革)
  2. Educational Reform and Development (教育改革与发展)
  3. Ethical Standard and Social Justice (伦理道德和社会公正)
  4. Medical Service and Public Health (医疗服务于大众健康)
  5. Environment and Civilization (环境和文明)
  6. Chinese Language, Culture and Confucius Institute (中文教育,文化与孔子学院)
  7. Public Media and Mass Communication (公共媒体与大众传播)
  8. AI and Scientific Development (人工智能与科技发展)
  9. New Global Economic and Political Order (全球化政治经济的新秩序)
  10. Migration and Immigration (迁移与移民)

Submission Guidelines:

Deadline: The submission deadline is August 4th, 2019. We require that those whose paper abstracts are accepted submit their full papers no later than September 1st, 2019.

Language: The conference will accept papers in both English and Chinese.

Required submission information: All paper abstracts or panel proposals must include the title, the author(s) or panel members, details of current position, the institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address for each author or panelist.

How to submit: Please submit your paper abstracts or panel proposals (300 words) at:

For those in Mainland, you may have difficulty to get access to the google form. Please submit it with the attached form via email.

For any submission related inquiry, please contact Dr. Ronghua Ouyang at Papers that are accepted for presentation at the conference could be considered for publication by American Review of China Studies – the official journal of ACPSS. After the conference, the collection of the conference papers and abstracts will be published on CNKI (中国知网).

Conference Registration Fees:

ACPSS member with paper: $150
Non-ACPSS member with paper: $220
Student with paper: $80
Attendance with no paper: $240

In order to register with ACPSS member rate ($150), you must become an ACPSS member and pay a minimum of one-year membership fee ($50). If interested, please download the Application Form. Once filled out, send the application form and a $200 check to Treasurer Dr. Daliang Wang at the following address: Dr. Daliang Wang, One University Parkway, High Point, North Carolina 27268 (ACPSS website currently does not support online membership application/renew or fee payment.)

Becoming an ACPSS Member:

We welcome new members from all disciplines. To become an ACPSS member, or to renew your ACPSS membership, please visit our website at and download the Application/Renew Form. Once filled out, please send the form and membership fees to Treasurer Dr. Daliang Wang.

Membership fees:

One-year membership: $50
Two-year membership: $80
Three-year membership: $100
Five-year membership: $150
Life-time membership: $300 (best value)

All questions related to membership fees and registration fees should be directed to Treasurer Dr. Daliang Wang (

About Portland State University

Portland State University (PSU) is a public research university located in the southwest University District of downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. It was founded in 1946. The university was ranked among the top fifteen percentile of American universities in The Best 376 Colleges by the Princeton Review in 2012 for undergraduate education, and its graduate programs in Health Care Management, Social Work, Public Affairs, and Rehabilitation Counseling were ranked among the top 50 in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report in 2017.

Launched in May 2007, and the first to be established in the Northwest U.S., the Confucius Institute at Portland State University (CIPSU) is an integral component of the Office of International Affairs programs and activities. With the support of our sponsor, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban 汉办) and our partner, Soochow University (苏州大学) in China, the goal of CIPSU is to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture in the greater Portland area and to foster mutually beneficial educational exchanges between the United States and China.

Introduction of Portland, OR (Wikipedia)

Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. As of 2017, Portland had an estimated population of 647,805,[9] making it the 26th-largest city in the United States, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest (after Seattle). Approximately 2.4 million people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), making it the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 18th-largest with a population of around 3.2 million. Approximately 60% of Oregon’s population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

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