The 23rd ACPSS International Conference

In Collaboration with High Point University

October 20-22, 2017
High Point University
High Point, North Carolina, U.S.A.



General Theme: Coping with the Challenge of Globalization

Globalization in the last two decades or so has produced seismic changes in our world. These changes include, on one hand, the phenomenal economic growth in countries such as China and India and the economic disarray in Western countries and, on the other hand, drastic income polarization in many countries even though their GDPs have multiplied. This growing economic maladjustment has also triggered problems ranging from polarized public opinion, social unrest, and racial tension to political instability. At the same time, uneven progress in the age of globalization has raised questions about the validity of the international order that came into existence at the end of World War II. The growing tension between the West and Non-Western worlds, the dispute over the South China Sea, and the imminent trade war between the US and China, etc. suggests the coming of a period of uncertainty and instability. All these unprecedented developments pose a grave challenge to scholars in social sciences and the humanities as well as political leaders all over the world. It is indeed a time that calls for serious reflections, constructive ideas and frank and honest exchanges among people from different cultures and countries. The 2017 annual meeting of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States therefore invites papers and panels that focus on, but not limited to the following themes.

  1. Impact of globalization
  2. Understanding of and teaching about globalization in the classroom
  3. Globalization of education
  4. Human, cultural and environmental costs of high speed economic growth
  5. Immigration, Migration in the age of globalization
  6. New ideas in saving mother earth
  7. Globalization and national identity
  8. Managing US-China relations in the age of growing economic competition
  9. How to avoid the Thucydides Trap between China and the U.S.?
  10. Relevance of the humanities in an increasingly materialistic world
  11. Crucial role of international/cross-cultural dialogues
  12. Economic modernization and political reform
  13. Global community in the age of mass media and instant news
  14. Democracy and the rule of law in China since the Cultural Revolution
  15. Anti-Rightist Campaign revisited 60 years later
  16. Role and impact of media in the age of globalization
  17. Sociology in the age of globalization
  18. Arts and literature in the Age of globalization


Submission Guidelines:

*** Submission deadline has been extended to August 25, 2017 ***

Deadline: The submission deadline is July 15, 2017.  We require that those whose paper abstracts are accepted submit their full papers no later than September 24, 2017.

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 any submission related inquiry, please contact Dr. Ronghua Ouyang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Papers that are accepted for presentation at the conference will be considered for publication in 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: $100

Non-ACPSS member with paper: $150

Student with paper: $50

Attendance with no paper: $150

In order to register with ACPSS member rate ($100), 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 $150 check to Treasurer Dr. Yunqiu Zhang at the following address: Dr. Yunqiu Zhang, 210 Heritage Creek Way, Greensboro, NC 27405. (ACPSS website currently does not support online membership application/renew or fee payment.)


Excursion to the Blue Ridge National Parkway on Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Optional):

The Blue Ridge National Parkway is one of the most beautiful highways in the United States and best route to enjoy the fall colors in the Appalachian Mountains in mid-October.

Cost of the Excursion (transportation and two meals): $60.

If you want to take the excursion, please contact Dr. Yunqiu Zhang also.


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 Yunqiu Zhang.

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 Yunqiu Zhang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Hotel Information:

Radisson High Point
135 S. Main St. High Point, NC 27260
$109 per night (double room or standard king)
Reservation by phone:
    +1 (800) 333-3333 (US/Canada Toll-free)
    +1 (336) 889-8888
On-line Reservation:
Reservation Deadline:  October 3, 2017.  
Note: Please tell the hotel that you are participants in the ACPSS’s 2017 conference.

For further information about local matters including transportation and accommodation, please e-mail Prof. Peng Deng at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call him at (336) 841-9117 (O).


About High Point University

Founded in 1924, High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina, U.S. As a vibrant and ambitious community of higher learning, HPU has eight schools and colleges that offer 47 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors and 12 graduate-degree majors with a total enrollment of 4,500. In 2015, High Point University was ranked No. 1 in the annual U.S. News & World Report Regional Colleges South rankings. In the 2016 rankings released HPU ranks No. 1 Best Regional College in the South for the fourth consecutive year and No. 1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South. It has one of the most beautiful campuses in southeast U.S.


About High Point and the Piedmont Triad Area

Geographically, High Point belongs to an area called the Piedmont Triad that also includes Greensboro and Winston-Salem. This area in central North Carolina has a population of over 1.5 million. The city of High Point has easy access both by air and ground travel. The Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) is only 15 miles from HPU campus while the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and Douglass International Airport in Charlottes (CLT) both are 80 miles or so from High Point.

Interstate 85 runs through southern High Point. The new Interstate 74 runs north and east of the city. To the northwest it extends to Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem.
The Piedmont Triad has a very rich history made by both Native Americans and European settlers. During the colonial era, High Point had one of the first Quaker communities in southeastern United States while Winston-Salem was founded by Moravian settlers from central Europe. During the American Revolution, the Battle of Guilford Court House in 1781 in Greensboro was one of the most crucial battles in the South. The world-renowned Blue Ridge Parkway National Parkway is less than two hours’ drive from High Point.