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When Reality is Stranger Than Fiction: Chinese Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, and Alternative Futures

Friday, July 31, 2020

Event Time

July 31st, 2020 | Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
July 31st, 2020 | Friday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Participating Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.

Registration and Fees

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Attention: Recording (audiotaping or videotaping) during the event is not allowed.


The language of the event will be English.

The Event

The rise of Chinese science fiction in recent years coincides with China's ambition in gaining a lead in world science and technology. How is the technological edge inspiring visions for a new humanity, world order, or cooperative competition?

Yale Center Beijing (YCB) will host Jing Tsu, Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, Chinese speculative fiction author Chen Qiufan, and Ross Andersen, deputy editor of The Atlantic, for a discussion on Chinese science fiction, artificial intelligence, and alternative futures.

The Speakers


Jing Tsu
Advisory Committee Member, Yale Center Beijing
Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University

Jing Tsu, Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, is John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature. She has written for The New York Times and Financial Times on soft power and science and technology. Her upcoming book, Out of the Kingdom of Characters: China's Language Wars, will appear with Riverhead at Penguin Random House.

Chen Qiufan
Author, Translator, Curator

Chen Qiufan (Stanley Chan) is a Chinese speculative fiction author, translator, and curator. His major works include Waste Tide (Locus Best New Novel Finalist), as well as short story collections Future Diseases and Algorithms for Life, which have won him three Chinese Galaxy Awards and fifteen Chinese Nebula Awards. Based in Shanghai, Chen Qiufan is currently working on a new book entitled AI 2041 (with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee), forthcoming in 2021 with Crown at Penguin Random House.

Ross Andersen
Deputy Editor of The Atlantic

Ross Andersen is deputy editor of The Atlantic. In recent years, he has written at length about science and technology in China. In 2017, he wrote about Liu Cixin's work in the context of Chinese history, as well as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence with China's FAST observatory. In The Atlantic's next issue, he has a feature on artificial intelligence in China.

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