The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) invites applications from York University faculty and graduate students for the Canada-China Initiatives Fund call for proposals. Founded in 2019, the Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF) was created to support scholarly exchanges and research on modern (i.e., post 1911) and contemporary China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and their global outreach or Canada-China linkages, or the experiences of the Chinese-Canadian community. It was created thanks to the generous support of the Asian Business and Management Program at York University.  

YCAR is now accepting applications for the 22 July 2023 deadline for the following activities:  

  • Workshops or conferences “at York” (or in which York plays an institutional partnering role) that bring together researchers from York and elsewhere that are focused on CCF themes 
  • Research projects by York faculty on issues within the CCIF’s stated scope 
  • Graduate student field research in China or Canada (both domestic and international students registered at York will be eligible) 
  • Visiting scholars to York whose work is focused on the stated scope and who will work with a York faculty member, preferably on collaborative research. 

The CCIF at YCAR Committee is responsible for the Fund and will adjudicate this opportunity. The deadline for applications is 22 July 2023.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CCIF Coordinator before submitting their application ( with any questions.

Application and Budget Template links:

Graduate Student Field Research

Research Project 

Visiting Scholar to York University 


Budget Template



Writing Chinese: Diasporic Entanglements in Chinese Canadian English Prose Fiction
Graduate Student Research
Monique Attrux, Graduate Programme in English

CROSSING TIME ZONES China-Canada-Australia Young Artists Communication Exhibition
Virtual Event
Joel Ong, Department of Computational Arts

Negotiating Belongingness through Digital Media: Identity Negotiation of Chinese International Students in Canada amidst the Pandemic
Graduate Student Research
Yuxi Zhao, Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture

Dr. Norman Bethune’s Image in China and Canada
Graduate Student Research
Chengjiao Zhang, Comparative Literature

Toronto’s Chinese Orchestras: History, Performance, and Community in the Canadian Chinese Diaspora
Graduate Student Research
Yao Cui, Graduate Programme in Music

Is There Racial Profiling among Canadian University Professors of Chinese Descent? What Could Be the Consequences for the Canadian Research Community and Canada-China Research Collaboration?
Research Project
Qiang Zha, Faculty of Education


Who Drinks Bubble-Tea? High-Rise Student Gated Communities in Toronto’s West Chinatown
Graduate Student Research
Corals Zheng, Environmental Studies

The Long Term Effects of Migrant Rights’ Campaigns on Vulnerability to Forced Labour in Hong Kong 
Research Project
Margaret Boittin, Osgoode Hall Law School

When Chinese Propaganda Goes Global: Understanding China’s Overseas Information Campaigns
Research project
Muyang Li, Sociology

Chinese Canadian’s Awareness of Indigenous Peoples & their History in Canada —Mapping Knowledge Gaps & Finding Solutions
Research Project
Rick Sin, School of Social Work


Chinese-Canadian Emigration and the China Rust Belt
Graduate Student Research
Liu Xin, Cinema and Media Arts

Chinese Urbanization in Global Urban Age: A Scenic Approach
Research Project
Cary Wu, Sociology

Woman and Urbanization in China: Building a Transformative Knowledge Network
Linda Peake, Social Science

Making Gender in China: Third Biannual Conference of the China Academic Network on Gender
Christopher Vogel, History

Substantiable Urbanization in China and Canada: Comparative Perspectives
Cary Wu, Sociology

The Redress Express: A Community Retrospective
Virtual Event
Lorne Foster,  School of Public Policy & Administration

Platform Politics: China Tech Companies & Global Geopolitics
Research Project
Tokunbo Ojo, Communication Studies

姐姐,弟弟 Sister, Brother: Son Preference and Daughter Discrimination Among Chinese Canadians
Virtual Event
Sharada Srinivasan, YCAR Research Associate; Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph

Anti-Asian Racism during COVID-19: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Virtual Event
Xiao Alvin Yang, YCAR Visiting Graduate Associate; PhD candidate, Universität Kassel

Looking Back and Forward: Perspectives on Canada-China Higher Education Relations (a blended seminar marking the 50th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relationship)
Virtual Event
Qiang Zha, Education


Marxist Perspectives on Economy, Business and Society in China
Raju Das, Department of Geography

International Tax Disputes Among Belt & Road Countries: Can There Be One Mechanism that Works for All (Big and Small)?
Research project
Jinyan Li, Osgoode Hall Law School

From the 2019 Hong Kong Protests to the World’s Tomorrow: The Power of Disobedience, Discourse and Creative Dissent
Exhibition and event series
Wendy S. Wong, Department of Design