East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

November 25, 2019
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(Nov. 25) Matthew Kahn, “Air Pollution Progress in Urban China” and “Ghost Towns and China’s High Speed Rail”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY Presents

 

“Air Pollution Progress in Urban China” 

and

“Ghost Towns and China’s High Speed Rail” 

Matthew Kahn

Professor of Economics and Business

John Hopkins University

 

 

Nov. 25th, Mon 4:30-6:00 pm

Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (2nd floor).

Refreshment will be provided

 

 

Abstract

Air Pollution Progress in Urban China

Using city level panel data from China covering fifteen years, this paper describes trends in ambient particulate matter across three types of cities.  Using data on each city’s population, the paper then describes the population’s exposure to air pollution in the base year and the final year of the study.  In the final section of the paper, several hypotheses are tested for explaining the observed pollution dynamics.


Ghost Towns and China’s High Speed Rail

The Chinese Central Government has spent billions of dollars on High Speed Rail extending these lines deep into the periphery of major cities. The Western Media (see the New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/business/global/20ghost.html) has declared that these sunk investments have often been wasteful as “Ghost Cities” have emerged that feature infrastructure and housing towers but no people.  This paper uses the investment under uncertainty framework from economics and finance to model the “option value” of constructing such Ghost Cities.  We use a novel source of Big Data to measure when such towns become more lively featuring people and economic activity.   Using basic ideas from urban economics, we form hypotheses concerning under what economic conditions do such Ghost Town options activate and become thriving small cities.

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

Attachments area

 

Kahn, Matthew – Air Pollution Progress in Urban China + Ghost Towns and China’s High Speed Rail

November 15, 2019
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(Nov. 18) Liping Wang, “Collective Belonging or Individual Calling: Language and Ethnic Identity of Ethnic Minorities in China”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY Presents

 

“Collective Belonging or Individual Calling: Language and Ethnic Identity of Ethnic Minorities in China” 

Liping Wang

Graduate School of Education, Peking University

(UChicago Sociology Alumna)

 

 

Nov. 18th, Mon 4:30-6:00 pm

Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (2nd floor).

Refreshment will be provided

 

 

Abstract

Minority education in contemporary China consists of two systems: a bilingual education system that greatly emphasizes the ethnic minority language, and a monolingual Chinese education system. These two linguistic-education programs have significant influence on self-identity. This paper, which is based on 57 in-depth interviews conducted with those who identify as Mongols, Tibetans and Uighurs, examines the distinct conceptions of ethnicity held by ethnic-language educated and Chinese educated minorities, and their distinct paths of ethnic identity formation. Members from both groups can develop a strong ethnic identity. However, the former are less confident than their Chinese-educated peers in striving towards academic and professional achievements, but more competent in mastering their ethnic language. Language is central to their self-knowledge, which is nurtured in community life and conferred by their ancestors. They revere tradition and have moral pride in preserving their ethnic culture. In contrast, the Chinese-educated ethnic minorities often view ethnicity as an individual calling. Their ethnic consciousness is enhanced through reflective learning, not communal participation. Language has an important, but not central position in their knowledge of ethnicity. They do not inherit, but acquire, their ethnic identity by questioning and struggling with it. Education experiences largely explain for the divergence.

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

 

Wang, Liping – Collective Belonging or Individual Calling

November 11, 2019
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(Nov. 11) MAPSS Panel: Dimensions of Urban Change

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY Presents

 

“MAPSS Panel: Dimensions of Urban Change” 

Yunhan Wen – Chinese Urbanism as a Way of Life: Becoming Urban in Shenzhen’s Informal Settlement

Xi Wang – Comparative Discourse Analysis between the Left Students in 2018 and the Workers in the 1920s and 1930s

Liqun Xie – To Be a Beijinger: “Destiny” as Habitus in Rural-urban Migration under China’s Hukou System

Yuanhang Zhu – Dynamics between State Autonomy and State Embeddedness: Evidence from the “Targeted Poverty Alleviation” Campaign in Rural China

 

 

Nov. 11th, Mon 4:30-6:00 pm

Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (2nd floor).

Refreshment will be provided

MAPSS – Dimensions of Urban Change

 

October 30, 2019
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(Oct.30)Junyan Jiang, “Countering Capture: Elite Networks and Government Responsiveness in China’s Land Market Reform”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY Presents

 

“Countering Capture: Elite Networks and Government Responsiveness in China’s Land Market Reform” 

Junyan Jiang

Assistant Professor, Department of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

 

Oct. 30th, Wed 4:00-5:30 pm [SPECIAL DATE & New Time]

Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (2nd floor).

Refreshments will be provided

 

 

Abstract

Government responsiveness is often viewed as a result of political pressure from the public, but why do politicians facing similar pressure sometimes differ in their responsiveness? This article considers the configurations of elite networks as a key mediating factor. We argue that access to external support networks helps improve politicians’ responsiveness to ordinary citizens by reducing their dependence on vested interests, and test this claim using China’s land market reform as a case. Leveraging novel city-level measures of mass grievances and political networks, we demonstrate that the intensity of land-related grievances is on average positively associated with reform occurrence, but this association is only salient among a subset of city leaders who enjoy informal connections to the higher-level authority. We also show that connected leaders tend to implement policies less congruent with local bureaucratic and business interests. These findings underscore the importance of intra-elite dynamics in shaping mass-elite interactions.

Bio

Junyan Jiang is Assistant Professor at the Department of Government and Public Administration, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include elite politics, public opinion, and mass-elite interactions, with a regional focus on China. His work has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political StudiesGovernanceJournal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania between 2016 and 2017.

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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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October 21, 2019
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(Oct. 21) Lida Nedilsky, “The Liberalizing Role of Hong Kong Startups in Religion and Politics”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY Presents

 

“The Liberalizing Role of Hong Kong Startups in Religion and Politics” 

Lida Nedilsky

Professor of Sociology, North Park University

 

 

Oct. 21st, Mon 4:30-6:00 pm

Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (2nd floor).

Refreshment will be provided

Professor Nedilsky has shared the full paper (see attached) to encourage further discussion and debate.

Nedilsky, Lida – The Liberalizing Role of Hong Kong Startups in Religion and Politics

Lida Nedilsky – The Liberalizing Role of Hong Kong Startups in Religion and Politics

Abstract

Since the territory’s return to Chinese sovereignty, Hong Kong’s executive branch has sought ways to control a relatively free-market society. Dispatching riot police to break up flash mobs from June through August 2019 is one vivid example. Acting as a source of consensual politics is another. In this essay I document a rival to control: the persistent presence of both religious and political startups in Hong Kong’s organizational marketplace. As vehicles of innovation, startups –those entrepreneurial efforts to respond to missed opportunities by fulfilling demands of an untapped market– ought to attract attention in a city with Hong Kong’s global reputation for business. These are the Christian nongovernmental organizations and political parties that populate its public sphere and dislodge the state-society fixity assumed necessary for efficient and stable governance. By placing Christian religious culture in the context of the wider Hong Kong culture I cast it in a new light: one that reveals how Christian entrepreneurialism, like political entrepreneurialism, performs a liberalizing role in Hong Kong.

Bio

Lida V. Nedilsky, Professor of Sociology at North Park University, focuses her research on the intersection of religious and political cultures in Chinese societies. Most recently, she collaborated with historian Joseph Tse-hei Lee of Pace University on a special issue of China Information (July 2019) exploring marginalization in China today. Along with guest-editing, they authored “Marginalization as creative endeavour,” an article spotlighting the innovative possibilities that come with existing on the margins of society –including the margins of academic community and enterprise.

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

 

 

 

October 6, 2019
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Oct. 7(Monday)|Zeyang Yu, “The Last Strike: Evaluating the Distortionary Effect of Career Incentives on Taxation in China”

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY Presents
“The Last Strike: Evaluating the Distortionary Effect of Career Incentives on Taxation in China”

Zeyang Yu

Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Oct. 7th, Mon 4:30-6:00 pm
Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (2nd floor).
Refreshment will be provided
Abstract
This paper analyzes the distortionary effect of political career incentives on fiscal extraction. We argue that competitive promotion tournaments distort public officials’ career incentives, leading to excessive tax extraction efforts. We empirically estimate the magnitude of distortion by exploiting two institutional designs for political selection in China: the age threshold for promotion and regulated term limits. We find that a promotion tournament becomes more intense when prefectural party leaders enter their last promotion-eligible term (at 50-55 years old). Given fierce competition for career advancement, prefectural party leaders extract excessive fiscal revenue to demonstrate their competence, but they do not enhance economic performance or redistribution efforts.
Bio
Zeyang Yu is a third year PhD student at political science department. His research interests lie broadly in causal inference and their applications in empirical political economy.
 
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March 28, 2017
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Spring 2017 Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule

April 4

“New Wine in Old Bottles: Ideological creation of market in the People’s Daily, 1946-2003”

Shinlin Jia and Linzhuo Li

PhD Students, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

April 11

Special China Session: “Chinese Culture: Its characteristics and historical backgrounds” (in Chinese)

Jianxiong Ge (葛剑雄)

Professor, Institute of Chinese Historical Geography

Fudan University

 

April 18

TBD

Li Dong

PhD student, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

April 25

Book-Reading Session: “The Souls of China: The return of religion after Mao.”

(Co-hosted with The Seminary Co-op Bookstores)

Ian Johnson

Pulitzer-Prize winning writer

Accredited China correspondent for The New York Times

 

May 2

“Switching sides: Market transition and job-referring in China.”

Elena Obukhova

Assistant Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management

McGill University

 

May 16

“Escaping the interpersonal power game: Social interaction between customers and sales agents in online shopping”

Xiaoli Tian

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

University of Hong Kong

May 30

“Perceived Threat and Welfare Distribution in Rural China”

In Hyee Hwang

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

University of Chicago

Unless otherwise stated, the East Asia Workshop meets on Every Tuesday 4:30-6 pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue. This workshop features interdisciplinary scholarship addressing topics relating to social, political, economic and cultural matters in East Asia. Our presenters come from different disciplines like sociology, political science, economics, history, and so on.

Faculty Sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology),  Dali Yang (Political Science),  and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


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

 

January 3, 2017
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Winter 2017 Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Winter 2017 Workshop Schedule

 

January 10

“Between China and Rome: The challenge of pre-colonial world history”

Peter Fibiger Bang

Professor, The Saxo Institute

University of Copenhagen

Discussant: Kenneth Pomeranz

University Professor, Department of History

University of Chicago

 

January 17

“Capitalism Out of the Shadow: Double ambiguity and the thriving of private enterprises in China’s education and training industry”

Le Lin

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

January 24

“Politics beyond the ocean: knowledge production of U.S. presidential election in a Chinese Q&A community”

Linzhuo Li

PhD student, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

February 7

“Authoritarian Gridlock? Haste and Delay in the Chinese Legislative System.”

Rory Truex

Professor, Department of Politics

University of Princeton

 

February 21

“Social Change of the Longue Duree: A theory and its application”

Dingxin Zhao

Max Palevsky Professor, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

March 7

“Continuity and Change of Authority Structures: Indigenous Party Identification in Taiwan”

Wanzi Lu

PhD student, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

Unless otherwise stated, the East Asia Workshop meets on alternate Tuesdays 4:30-6pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue. This workshop features interdisciplinary scholarship addressing topics relating to social, political, economic and cultural matters in East Asia. Our presenters come from different disciplines like sociology, political science, economics, history, and so on.

Faculty Sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology), Dali Yang (Political Science), and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by 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.

September 29, 2016
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Autumn 2016 Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Autumn 2016 Workshop Schedule

 

October 4

“The Chinese Outbound Acquisition Spree: Trends and Implications”

James Tam

Managing Director and Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions

Asia Pacific at Morgan Stanley

 

October 18

“Tigers in Cage: A Network Explanation of Corruption Prosecution in China”

Jia Li

CIR student

University of Chicago

 

November 1

“Identity and Organizational Metabolism: Elite Transfers in CCP China”

Shilin Jia

PhD student, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

November 15

“From Manchuria to Rustbelt: Industrial and Social Transformation in Northeast China”

Wen Xie

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology

University of Chicago

 

November 29

“The US-China Survey” (TBD)

Victor Yuan

Chairman, Horizon Research Consultancy Group

 

East Asia Workshop meets on alternate Tuesdays 4:30-6pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue. This workshop features interdisciplinary scholarship addressing topics relating to social, political, economic and cultural matters in East Asia. Our presenters come from different disciplines like sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, history and so on.

*Questions and comments should be addressed to the coordinator Yinxian Zhang: zyxzhang@uchicago.edu

Faculty Sponsors:

Xi Song (Sociology), Dali Yang (Political Science), and Dingxin Zhao (Sociology)


The East Asia Workshop is sponsored by 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.

 

March 28, 2016
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Spring 2016 Schedule

EAST ASIA WORKSHOP: POLITICS, ECONOMY & SOCIETY

Spring 2016 Workshop Schedule

April 19

TBD

Junyan Jiang

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

The University of Chicago

May 3

“Information from Abroad: Foreign Media, Selective Exposure, and Political Support in China”

Haifeng Huang

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of California, Merced

May 17

“Public Undergrounds and Underground Publics: Formations of Christianity and secularism in China”

Xiao-bo Yuan

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology

The University of Chicago

May 24

“Interstitial Emergence and The Making of Capitalism: The Thriving of Private Enterprises in China’s Education and Training Industry”

Le Lin

PhD Student, Department of Sociology

The University of Chicago

May 31

“Identities, Networks, and Loyalties: Drivers of Military Disobedience during the Sino-French War”

Eric Hundman

PhD Student, Department of Political Science

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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