Tan Chung

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Tan Chung (born 18 April 1929, in Matubahar, Johor[1]) is an authority on Chinese history, Sino-Indian relations and cultural exchange. Tan Chung has been a doyen of Chinese cultural studies in India for nearly half a century.[2]

In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour by the Govt. of India [3] and the China-India Friendship Award by the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in the same year.[4]


Tan Chung taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the University of Delhi for many years. His father, Tan Yunshan (1898-1983), was the Founding Director of the Department of Chinese Language and Culture "Cheena-Bhavana" at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan and a key figure driving Nationalist China's interactions with the Indian freedom movement during the 1930s and 1940s.[5] After Tan Chung's retirement from JNU in 1994, he worked as a Research Professor at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi and currently lives in Chicago, United States. He has been Honorary Director of the ICS/Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi.

A conference in his honor, at the occasion of his 80th birthday, was held in New Delhi in December 2008.[6]

In June 2013, Yunnan Academy of Social Science conferred upon him the honorary Fellowship of the Academy.[7]

In December 2013, Visva-Bharati University conferred Deshikhottama (D. Litt and the highest honor of the University) upon Professor Tan Chung.

In August 2018, Sage Published his book on understanding China, China: A 5,000-year Odyssey and has received excellent reviews from leading scholars in the world.[8]


  1. ^ Chung Tan (ed.), In the Footsteps of Xuanzang: Tan Yun-shan and India (Gyan Books, 1999; ISBN 8121206308), p. 4.
  2. ^ "The Hindu : New Delhi News : A doyen of Chinese cultural studies". Chennai, India. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  3. ^ "This Year's Padma Awards announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/karan-singh-turns-down-china-award-72856. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Tsui, B. (2010). "The Plea for Asia--Tan Yunshan, Pan-Asianism and Sino-Indian Relations". China Report. 46 (4): 353–370. doi:10.1177/000944551104600403.
  6. ^ The Hindu. Chennai, India http://blogs.thehindu.com/delhi/?p=8163. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "我院授予谭中教授荣誉院士称号" (in Chinese). Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
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