“Cultural Industries” was once a derogatory term. However, it has been given a new meaning in the new millennium. It is viewed as one of the rising industries of the 21st century. “Culture” and “Industry” start from two different points and today the two are merging together and bringing out new energy.
     In China, developing Cultural Industries is an important part of science development, general development and sustainable development strategy. The National Statistic Bureau has listed seven categories of Cultural Industries. These seven fields include services of news, publishing, broadcasting and film, art, internet culture, leisure, convention and advertising.
     Cultural Industries have both economic and social functions involving a great number of areas including economic, politics, media, society and etc. We are facing the challenges of developing our own Clutural Industries with Chinese features among fierce competition abroad. We will need academic supports to develop research theories to study the industry. We need to look into issues relating Cultural Industries reforms and market development rules. There are many questions to be answered and policies to be made. National Research Center of Cultural Industries in Tsinghua University hopes to collaborate with scholars and colleagues around the world to contribute to the developments of Cultural Industries.