East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

January 31, 2016
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Feb 9, George Hong, “A Tale of Two Chinas: the Power-Capital China and the Rights-Deprived China”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

 

 “A Tale of Two Chinas: the Power-Capital China and the Rights-Deprived China”

Z. George Hong

Professor of History

Purdue University Calumet

4:30-6:00p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Abstract

This presentation – A Tale of Two Chinas – is designed to explore the non-economic price of the Chinese economic development since 1978, highlighting issues such as a power-capital China and rights-deprived China. The first part of this presentation focuses on the institutional price of economic development, with an emphasis on the emergence and development of the power-capital institution. Such an institution is a hybrid political culture that infuses political power and economic capital, as evidenced in the formation of the power-capital economy, growth of the power-capital entrepreneurs and the emergence of the power-capital culture. The second part of this presentation deals with another socio-cultural price of China’s economic growth: the poverty of rights. This is seen in the exclusion and deprivation of disadvantaged groups in the process of economic transition and development. This issue resulted from systematic inequality and injustice and is the main cause for under-representative group’s daunting socio-economic challenges. This is evidenced by the poverty of rights for the urban poor, the poverty of landed rights for farmers and the rights deprivation for migrant laborers. Further evidence includes the Protestant house church members since 1978. Taking advantage of interdisciplinary research on economics, sociology, political science and history, this presentation is intended to supply another analytical dimension of China’s development since 1978, by offering a study of the socio-cultural price and consequences of China’s economic development.

 

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Yan Xu (xuyan@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Xi Song, Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao

 

This presentation is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

January 19, 2016
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Jan 26, Yuhua Wang, “Do Colleges Breed Revolutionaries? Education and Political Engagement in China After Tiananmen”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

 

 “Do Colleges Breed Revolutionaries? Education and Political Engagement in China After Tiananmen”

 

Yuhua Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Government

Harvard University

4:30-6:00p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

 

Abstract

Modernization theorists believe that education empowers citizens to take collective actions to challenge authoritarian rule. I present the first quasi-experimental evidence to test the microfoundations of this argument in a noncompetitive authoritarian regime. Exploiting China’s college expansion reform as a natural experiment, I report that higher education increases the overall level of political engagement. However, college education merely has a positive effect on people’s individualistic, expressive behavior, while having no effect on collective actions. China’s young intellectuals also do not differ from the less educated in a range of political attitudes, such as demand for political rights. They care more about local affairs and are more worried about socioeconomic issues, while revealing no particular concerns with broader political issues. I attribute the widespread political apathy among China’s college graduates to the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre and the heightened political control in Chinese universities after 1989.

 

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Yan Xu (xuyan@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Xi Song, Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao

 

This presentation is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

January 5, 2016
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Jan 12, Lijun Chen, “Report on the State of Children in China”

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents

 

 “Report on the State of Children in China”

Lijun Chen

Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall

The University of Chicago

4:30-6:00p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Abstract

This presentation will report the findings from a comprehensive study of the conditions of children in China, which is based on analysis of the nationally representative China Family Panel Survey data. We will address all major domains of child development, including physical health, social-emotional wellbeing, cognitive development and educational performance. Various protective and risk factors for child wellbeing in the ecological contexts of the children will alos be examined, such as family economic conditions, child living arrangement, parenting behavior, school experience, and neighborhood support. Through a comparison of children in rural and urban communities and in different residential arrangement, the findings reveal a striking disparity between rural and urban children in both living conditions and various development outcomes. Especially vulnerable are the left-behind children whose parents have left home to work in urban areas and the children in broken families whose parents are either divorced or have disappeared or passed away.

 

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Yan Xu (xuyan@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Xi Song, Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao

 

This presentation is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

January 4, 2016
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East Asia Workshop Winter 2016 Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Winter 2016 Workshop Schedule

January 12

“Report on the State of Children in China”

Lijun Chen

Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall

The University of Chicago

January 26

“Do Colleges Breed Revolutionaries? Education and Political Engagement in China After Tiananmen”

Yuhua Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Government

Harvard University

February 9

“A Tale of Two Chinas: the Power-Capital China and the Rights-Deprived China”

George Hong

Professor of History

Purdue University Calumet

February 23

“Enumerating and Assembling the Social: Governing through Community Mental Health in Post-socialist China”

Zhiying Ma

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology

The University of Chicago

March 8

TBD

Yinxian Zhang

PhD Student, Department of Sociology

The University of Chicago

 

 

The workshop meets on alternate Tuesdays 4:30-6pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue, unless otherwise specified. Abstracts are available on our website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/. Questions and comments should be addressed to the coordinator Yan Xu at xuyan@uchicago.edu

Faculty Sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology), xisong@uchicago.edu

Dali Yang (Political Science), daliyang@uchicago.edu

Dingxin Zhao (Sociology), dzhao@uchicago.edu

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