Shilin (士林, ‘the forest of scholars’) was founded in 2010 by students of Leiden University’s China Studies department. The foundation’s aim is to involve  students in scholarly activities and bring both young and established scholars of Sinology together. Through our journal, seminars, conferences, books and other activities Shilin contributes to debates and discussions within the student body and the field of Chinese Studies at large. In doing so, Shilin is and has been a stepping stone for many young scholars with the ambitions to pursue an academic career.