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China Focus Essay Contest
2022中国焦点年度征文比赛由中国焦点(China Focus)倡议和组织，由“中国焦点、圣地亚哥加州大学21世纪中国研究中心、复旦-加大当代中国研究中心、1990协会共同举办。本届比赛共有两个主题，邀请就读于中、美两国的本科生、研究生 (包括一年内毕业的学生) 任选其中一个主题，针对中美两国正共同面对的一些挑战表述自己的观点和看法。
China Focus Essay Contest
China Focus is proud to announce the 2022 China Focus Essay Contest. This year’s contest is organized by China Focus and is jointly hosted by the 21st Century China Center, the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, and the 1990 Institute.
Starting this year, we will accept both Chinese and English submissions. The contest offers two topics and awards two prizes of $1000 for each topic: one top entry from Chinese language entries and the other from English language entries.
Award winners will grant China Focus and co-sponsors the right to publish their essays on their respective platforms or in their publications. They will also be invited to participate in a panel discussion about the two topics.
ESSAY TOPIC (CHOOSE ONLY ONE)
Both China and the U.S. face the challenge of large tech companies wielding huge influence in their respective economies and societies. How to regulate them without stifling growth or innovation is a key consideration for policymakers. Such regulations are also fraught with political and technological implications for both countries.
Write an essay that analyzes recent regulatory activities directed against large tech companies in both countries and considers their political, economic, or technological consequences. If appropriate, outline what principles should undergird a sensible regulatory framework that will promote innovation while protecting consumers.
Both China and the United States face the problem of disinformation to some degree. How does the scale and content of disinformation reflect political and societal conflicts in both countries? Have both countries responded effectively to counter disinformation? Why or why not? In discussing these questions, be sure to define disinformation in both national contexts clearly.
Each entry must be the original work by students enrolled in U.S. or Chinese universities during the 2021-22 academic year as well as students who graduated from college after May 2021. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Collaborative projects are encouraged, but prize money must be split among collaborators. Entries can be in either English or Chinese.
Essays should be written in op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) with a length of 1,000-2,000 words.
Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges drawn from the China Focus board of advisers, experts in U.S.-China relations from the 21st Century China Center, and others with relevant expertise.
March 23rd, 2022, 11:59 PM PST
Send your submission to us by email (email@example.com) with the subject heading: “CFContest-LastName”
Send from your university email address.
Send your essay attached as a PDF.
Please include a cover page with the following information:
Degree pursued in the current school year
3-4 sentences bio
An alternative (permanent) email address (different from the school email address)
Any questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org