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About Us

LRCCS 2018 MA graduates, along with faculty members and center staff.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies is to promote broader and deeper understanding of the peoples and cultures of China, both past and present, through research, teaching, and the full range of public information venues available both within the University community and beyond.  The intellectual content and character of the Center's programs are shaped by Center Faculty and, where appropriate, graduate students and Center Associates.  Its programs serve the general public, the scholarly community, University of Michigan faculty and students, Michigan teachers, and interested organizations.

History of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

Chinese studies at the University of Michigan formally began in 1930 with the establishment of an Oriental Civilizations Program. In 1961, the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) was established. It has become one of the nation's most prominent centers devoted to a deeper understanding of China, past and present.

Now the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS), we are the premier place on the University of Michigan campus to gain access to resources on China, including leading scholars, ongoing projects, and funding for faculty and student research. It houses experts in nearly every major facet of Chinese studies ranging from literature and history to law and public health.

LRCCS, in conjunction with the Center for Japanese Studies and Nam Center for Korean Studies, form U-M's East Asia National Resource Center, a prestigious designation awarded by the US Department of Education.This wide disciplinary range enables the center to offer a unique interdisciplinary master's degree, which provides specialist training in Chinese studies.

The University of Michigan has a long historical relationship with China, that we can trace back to 1845. To read about the many important and historic connections between U-M and China, see the University of Michigan and China, 1845 - Today, written by LRCCS staff.

Directions and Parking

LRCCS is located on the 4th floor of Weiser Hall at 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor.


There is limited metered street parking near Weiser Hall on Church Street and South University Avenue. Two parking structures are approximately two blocks away:

Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure

  • 650 South Forest Avenue

Palmer Drive Public Parking Structure

  • Palmer Commons, Palmer Drive

For more information about parking in Ann Arbor, please visit DDA Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan employees with a U-M parking permit will find the Church Street structure the closest to Weiser Hall, with the Hill Street, Thayer Street, and Forest Avenue structures all within walking distance. Please note that many University parking structures are free and open to the public after 6 pm each day and on Sunday. For more information about parking at the University of Michigan, please visit Logistics, Transportation, and Parking.