College Essay Contest

We’re proud to announce the launch of the 2020 College Essay Contest. This year, the contest is co-sponsored by the 21st Century China Center at the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China. 


The 1990 Institute believes that discovery through education paves the way for Americans to understand more about China, as well as for Chinese to understand more about the United States – thereby fostering a more thoughtful and rational view of the relations between the two countries. The 1990 Institute encourages university students to develop a more nuanced understanding of modern China and the implications of its rise as a superpower through an annual College Essay Contest. 


Each entry must be the original work of an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any American or Chinese university for the 2020-21 academic year. This year, there are two topics and two prizes for each topic, and $1,000 will be given for each winning essay.


CONTEST DEADLINE: February 21st, 2021, 11:59 pm PST

CONTEST PRIZE: Four $1,000 prizes


For details and to enter, please visit:




2019 College Essay Contest


We received many thoughtful responses to the inaugural contest last year. We are proud to share essays from these university students in the following categories:


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