What is it about?

What is it about? For much of the 20 and 21 centuries, Canadians have habitually maintained a keen interest in China. Unlike its more powerful southern neighbour, Canada had always de-emphasized ideological differences while dealing with Beijing. We may exemplify this by learning the history of sinology in Canadian universities. Throughout the 1960s, Canadian universities vastly expanded their China Studies programs. Among them were York University and the University of Guelph. Why did the former succeeded and became a leading center of East Asian learning and research while the latter failed to take off? This paper offers a thorough examination. Why is it important? This paper offers an in-depth account of the nuts and bolts of introducing new university programs. It gives a critical reminder to future university administrators of the need to exercise reasonable collegial prudence.

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Why is it important?

Canadian universities are a latecomer in developing East Asian Studies programs. Only after World War II did courses on China be offered on a large scale. Readers will learn the experience of East Asian learning through the experiences of two unique postwar institutions: York University and the University of Guelph. They will also discover the importance of the University of Toronto on their respective developments.


This article will debunk some of the casual assumptions on East Asian learning in Canada. Neither a specific university personnel nor a government bureaucrat was responsible for their creations. This article also highlights the success and failures of Canadian higher education in implementing new academic programs.

Dr Kenneth Lan
Guangzhou Huashang College

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This page is a summary of: The historical development of sinology in two Canadian universities: York University and the University of Guelph, Asian Education and Development Studies, September 2021, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/aeds-02-2021-0040.
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