ChinaFile is an online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, dedicated to promoting an informed, nuanced, and vibrant public conversation about China, in the U.S. and around the world.

ChinaFile publishes original reporting and analysis across a wide spectrum of topics in writing, photography, and video. We devote our energy to underreported subjects, innovative and elegant storytelling, experts interested in engaging non-experts, Chinese analysts who want to write for international audiences, and questions we feel haven’t been adequately explained by other publications. Our contributors are journalists, scholars, and other experts working both inside and outside of China.

Each week, the ChinaFile Conversation brings together a group of contributors to discuss and, often, to argue over recent China news.

Our articles are syndicated by and co-published with a growing list of partner publications and other distinguished media outlets. ChinaFile’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The WorldPost, The South China Morning Post, VICE, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Internazionale, and The New York Review of Books and we regularly share our work with Foreign Policy, the Financial Times Chinese, The WorldPost, Business Insider, and The News Lens.

We also curate, syndicate, and translate articles from a range of other publications. Our current partners include The New York Review of BooksCaixin, and the websites chinadialogue, Foreign Policy, CNPolitics, Sohu Business, Magnum Foundation, the Sinica Podcast, and The China Africa Project. We have also collaborated with The Hong Kong Economic Journal and with the bilingual arts and literature magazines LEAP and Chutzpah.

Funding

ChinaFile is a not-for-profit publication and we do not sell advertising. We rely on grants and individual donations to fulfill our mission. Our editorial operation is extremely lean and we devote nearly all of our resources to producing and editing the stories that appear on our site.

We receive generous support from the Arthur Ross Foundation and from the Henry Luce Foundation, as well as from individual donors. Our annual Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography was established with a gift from Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen and is administered in partnership with the Magnum Foundation. Our stories have also been supported by grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

If you visit our site often, enjoy the work we do, and believe, as we do, that non-profit organizations have a key role to play in sustaining and promoting journalistic excellence, please consider making a donation to support our work.

Events

In addition to our publishing work, ChinaFile also convenes the public events series ChinaFile Presents, which features discussions, screenings, and photography shows by our contributors. We have co-sponsored events with the New America Foundation, the Overseas Press Club of America, and the Open Society Foundations. 

Our Chinese Name (中参馆)

Like the country we cover, our name contains multitudes and can be interpreted in many ways.

Our Chinese name was conceived and rendered graphically by Sun Yunfan. It contains the following Chinese characters:
中 (zhong), which means “central,” is the first character of the word for China. It can also mean neutral.
参 (can) means to join or to participate in, to refer, to consult, to reference, or to archive.
馆 (guan) is a word for a physical structure that appears in words for guest accommodations, libraries, museums, archives, and restaurants.

Put these characters together and, in addition to the many meanings suggested by their combination, they are a homophone for Chinese restaurant (中餐馆).

So, whether you see ChinaFile as a place for organizing and finding information, a tool for shaping and smoothing your views, or an establishment with a large menu and fare to suit a variety of tastes, we invite you to visit us often.

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