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Economic and Social Development

Georgetown’s Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues addresses economic and social development-related issues and opportunities for cooperation through research, teaching, and dialogue among Chinese and U.S. leaders from the public sector, business, and the academy. 

Established in spring 2019, the Research Group on Culture and Common Good, convened by Dr. Becky Hsu of Georgetown University in collaboration with Dr. Teresa Kuan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, brings together American and Chinese scholars across disciplines for structured dialogue and research around key academic and policy issues of interest to both countries and the world. 

The team of experts draws upon the most up-to-date research in the social sciences on culture and morality to explore how Americans and Chinese individuals and families are seeking happiness in contemporary society. The research group meets over several semesters, alternating between Washington, D.C., and China. Learn more about the group's members and their work in the sections below.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with cultural and development issues across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.


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Teresa Kuan

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Associate Professor


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Research Workshop on Culture and the Common Good, Spring 2019

The Georgetown Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues hosted a two-day research meeting on “Culture and the Common Good,” convened by Dr. Becky Yang Hsu of Georgetown’s Department of Sociology and Theresa Kuan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The meetings explored concepts like…