East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

May 8| Dingxin Zhao, “The Art of Asking ‘Why’ Questions: Illustrated by Research Questions in Chinese Studies.”




“The Art of Asking ‘Why’ Questions: Illustrated by Research Questions in Chinese Studies. 

Dingxin Zhao

Max Palevsky Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago


May 8, Wed 12:00-1:30 pm

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Light lunch will be provided


In this talk, I will argue for the importance of asking “why” questions aiming at achieving a causal explanation, the pitfalls that should be avoided in asking “why” questions, and limitations of this kind of questioning. The empirical examples of this talk are largely drawn from my own research as well as from my training of graduate students here at the UofC.



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The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

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