Abstract: In my Editorial, I will explain the challenges in founding JCCP, together with its unique contribution. JCCP has experienced a long gestation – seven years from the announcement of the journal’s founding in 2008 until its formal launch – for a number of reasons. First, it fosters the innovative concept of looking at China in comparative perspective. Second, by regarding China as part of global society, the concept of China in comparative perspective emphasizes multifaceted study in a global context. Third, in striving for academic excellence, JCCP combines peer-reviewed with commissioned material from important authors of our choice, and integrates independent and cooperative academic activities. Fourth, JCCP has encouraged interdisciplinary research, integrating social science disciplines, translation and Chinese language teaching. Fifth, JCCP discourse travels in both space and time, much like the British science fiction TV serial Doctor Who.
Xiangqun Chang 常向群 is Director of Global China Institute and CCPN Global, Editor of Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), Chief Editor of Global China Press, and Senior Consultant of Global China Unit. She is also Honorary Professor of UCL (University College London), UK; and holder of several Professorships and Senior Fellowships at Peking, Renmin, Fudan and Sun Yat-Sen Universities in China. Her publications in English and Chinese amount to two million words include Guanxi or Li shang wanglai?: Reciprocity, Social Support Networks, and Social Creativity in a Chinese Village (2009 in Chinese; 2010 in English). See: www.gci-uk.org/x.chang
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