Established in fall 2010, the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies was created to enhance the work of faculty and graduate researchers at Western Michigan University who have expertise in some field of Sinology, or teaching or research interests in China.

Timothy Light Lecture Series On China

Dr. Richard Bush, director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution.

Spring 2016 lectures:

Wednesday, January 20

  • "Taiwan's Elections and the Impact on Relations with China," by Dr. Richard Bush, director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies Brookings Institution, Room 2028 Brown Hall. Information.


Accepting applications for faculty research grant

The Light Center for Chinese Studies provides support to Western Michigan University faculty for research and creative activities related to the study of greater China. All board-appointed, full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Grants are valued at up to $3,000 each. The deadline for submitting proposals is Feb. 12, 2016. Information.



52nd Werner Sichel Lecture Series 2015-16

The Light Center is a co-sponsor of important series named for Dr. Werner Sichel, a longtime WMU economics professor and former department chair, who retired in 2004.

The Impacts of China's Rise on the Pacific and the World


A research center of the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.