China and East Asia Studies

Who we are

China and East Asia Studies (CEAS) Initiative is a recently founded (October 2020) students’ initiative that provides an open academic platform for research and debate on contemporary issues about China, East Asia and the world. Engaging people from all backgrounds interested in this discipline, CEAS strives to mobilize academic and social resources to facilitate academic activities concerning China and East Asia from an inclusive perspective. As the first student initiative focusing on East Asia at the Graduate Institute, CEAS responds to the increasing demand among the student body to make sense of the relationship between East Asia and the rest of the world in the contemporary context. We have a strong faith in constructive dialogues, and we are committed to serving as an inclusive channel for ideas exchange.


What we do 

The long-term vision of CEAS is to develop into the forefront of student research associations of East Asian Studies in Europe. CEAS’ operation complements the mission of the Graduate Institute of Geneva –– to promote academic exchange and to enable its research findings to reach out to the wider community. Meanwhile, CEAS maintains an unbiased academic platform for students from all around the world and gives them chances to exchange, communicate and analyze political, economic, and social developments of China and East Asia and their consequences for the international community. By doing so, CEAS acts as a bridge of different ideas, perspectives and cultures to build understanding, trust and friendship. To this end, CEAS organizes seminars, holds public talks, and invites research presentations on a regular basis. It actively responds to the interests of the student body and addresses frontier issues related to East Asia.


An overview of some of our past events



Our first event provided a comprehensive understanding of the China and East Asia Studies academic field. It consisted of 6 different stalls on 6 different regional and international topics with a focus on East Asia: environment, society, politics, international relations, history, and economics; including sub-topics such as climate change, women's rights, democratization, territorial disputes, and many more. Exciting interactive activities were held in each stall, and participants’ reactions helped us to construct the themes of our next events


#MeToo in East Asia

This event was aimed at making an introduction to the “MeToo movement”, which is an emerging feminist movement against sexual abuse/assault that has had huge echoes also in China and East Asian countries. This event was held as part of the “Feminist Weekend” which was held in collaboration with the IHEID’s Feminist Collective.

Panel talk on the GPW session ‘The Future of Peacebuilding in Global Asia’

With Geneva Peace Week underway, CEAS held an event about the future of peacebuilding in Global Asia. Our event featured two of the panelists from the GPW session, Kazushige Kobayashi and Xinyu Yuan, who first reflected upon the ‘Global Asia’ session before opening up into a Q&A with the audience. A variety of topics were explored, such as the alternatives to liberal peacebuilding, the local turn in peacebuilding, and opportunities for peace in the Asia-Pacific.

Public Talk: US-China Reset? A Post US Election Analysis

On the 20th of November 2020, CEAS organized a talk on the future of US-China relations in light of the last U.S. elections, with guest speaker Professor Lanxin Xiang (Professor of International History and Politics, IHEID). The event started with a 30-minute talk from Professor Xiang and followed with a 30-minute Q&A session with the audience.


‘Parasite’:A movie screening and discussion

Hosted as part of GISA’s ‘Movie Nights’ series, CEAS together with the Lafayette Society organized a screening of – and discussion on – the 2019 South Korean production ‘Parasite’. The screening of the award-winning movie was followed by an audience discussion on key themes from the movie such as social rights, obligations and inequalities.


From East to West: The COVID Response from a Trans-Continental Perspective

As part of the collaboration with the Global Health Initiative, CEAS collected reflections on people's experiences with COVID-19 measures in East Asia and their thoughts on East Asia's management of the COVID-19 crisis. CEAS then produced a report based on our survey’s results and shared an analysis of how a measure could match up to responses in other regions.


Potential Partnerships and Collaborations

Externally, potential collaboration partners will include but are not limited to: CSSA at UNIGE, and student initiatives about the East Asian and Chinese studies in UNIGE Unité D'études Chinoises, UZH - Swiss Chinese Case Study Center; MERICS in Berlin, School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University, Tübingen University, Leipzig University; Nottingham, Durham, SOAS, Cambridge University Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Oxford University Faculty of Law; Hong Kong University Asia Global Institute, Peking University, and Wuhan University.

Meet the 2021/Executive Board










  • Weijia (Alma) Chen – President

  • Filippo De Gennaro – Vice President


  • Hanlin Wang – Treasurer


  • Sijia Wen – Events Coordinator

  • Laura Nijssen – Member of the Event Committee

  • Chiara Azzarelli – Member of the Event Committee

  • Yuyi Shen – Member of the Event Committee


  • Justin Yu – Academic Director

  • Jiae Yang – Member of the Academic Committee

  • Jungsoo Lee – Member of the Academic Committee


  • Yue (Shirley) Chen – Communication Director

  • Hongyi Yang – Member of the Communication Committee

  • Holly O’Mahony – Member of the Communication Committee

  • Yoshiharu Wakabayashi – Member of the Communication Committee


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