Jan 25 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:
Politics, Economy and Society Presents

“Embeddedness and Autonomy: Community University Movement in Taiwan since 1997”

Chengpang Lee
Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
4:30-5:50pm, Tuesday
January 25, 2011
Pick Lounge
5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/
Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)
Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao
The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.

Abstract:
Scholars interested in East Asian countries share a belief that the successful economic achievement is associated with government’s educational investment. In the late half of the twentieth century we witness an expansion of global higher education. A vivid case is the growth of college student enrollments. For example, during the 1990s period, the number of colleges in Taiwan has risen from under 50 to around 150 given the birth rate keeps shrinking. However, fewer works have been done on issues of the dark side brought by this state-directed, technology- based and western- oriented higher education expansion. My topic is hence focused on one- case of the resistance to this dark side- Community University Movement. The initiator and leader of this movement is a prominent professor in the Mathematics department of National
Taiwan University- Huang Wu-Hsiung who is also the leader of the first educational reformation strike in 1994. The initial goal of this Community University Movement is to fix the fragmented and one-dimensional knowledge brought by the modern higher education and bring the full knowledge to common people. Besides this pedagogical goal, the movement also wants to create an ideal civil-society where citizens can communicate thoughts in a civilian and reciprocal way. In my
presentation, a brief history of this movement will be discussed and a sociological explanation to the emergence of this movement will be given.

Jan 11 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:
Politics, Economy and Society Presents

“Who Protests? Protester Characteristics and Differential Mechanisms behind Environmental Protests in China”

Jean Lin
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
4:30-5:50pm, Tuesday
January 11, 2011
Pick Lounge
5828 South University Ave.

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/
Student coordinator: Jean Lin (jeanlin@uchicago.edu)
Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao
The workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.

Abstract:
The intent of this study is to elucidate the nature of smaller-scale urban environmental protests in China, focusing on the role of individual protesters and their modes of protest mobilization. I examine different types of environmental action in China from passive, everyday forms of action such as recycling, to more proactive forms of action such as donating to environmental causes or actively participating in NGO-organized environmental activities, or complaint-filing. Using the 2003 Environmental Survey (conducted as part of the Chinese General Social Survey), I find that overall, education, environmental consciousness (ideology) and the role of the media (framing) are highly associated with the likelihood of individual action. Interestingly, different age groups that underwent different “life courses” during different political periods take different types of actions. The older age group (raised during Mao era) is more likely to take passive, more traditional forms of environmental action and not proactive action, whereas the younger age group (raised post-Mao in the reform era) is more prone to taking proactive actions such as filing environmental complaints rather than recycling. This indicates that with social, political, and economic change in China and its related civil society development, rights consciousness has been on the rise. The younger generation is aware of their environmental “rights”, but do not necessarily take actions to recycle.

Winter Quarter Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY
Winter 2011 Workshop Schedule

Jan. 11
“Who Protests? Protester Characteristics and Differential Mechanisms behind Environmental Action in China”
Jean Lin
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Chicago

Jan. 25
“Embeddedness and Autonomy: Community University Movement in Taiwan since 1997”
Chengbang Lee
Doctoral Student, Sociology, University of Chicago

Feb. 8
“Medical Missions and Western Medicine in 19th Century China”
Xiaoli Tian
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Chicago

Feb. 22
“TBD”
Grace Zhiyuan Yu
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Chicago

March 8
“Revolutionary Ecology and the Outbreak of Taiping Rebellion, 1846-1851”
Yang Zhang
Doctoral Student, Sociology, University of Chicago

The workshop meets on alternative Tuesdays 4:30-5:50pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue.
Papers or abstracts are typically available on our website http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/
Questions and comments should be directly addressed to the coordinator Jean Lin jeanlin@uchicago.edu.
Faculty Sponsors
Dali Yang (Political Science) daliyang@uchicago.edu
Dingxin Zhao, (Sociology), dzhao@uchicago.edu