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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | China’s Age of Abundance: Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath

Wang Feng, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 1010 Weiser Hall Map
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In four decades since the late 1970s, China has experienced one of the most consequential economic transformations in world history. One-fifth of the Earth’s population has left behind a life of scarcity and subsistence for one of abundance and material comfort. Based on his newly published book, Wang Feng revisits the origins, forces, and processes of the meteoric rise in living standards of the Chinese population, and offers a systematic historical and sociological analysis of this unique historical juncture. Anticipating headwinds, including an aging population, increasing inequality, and intensifying political control, Wang Feng discusses why China’s age of abundance has come to an end, and the challenges China faces in its aftermath.

WANG Feng currently holds the position of professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He is a scholar with expertise in China’s social and demographic changes, of social inequality, and of comparative population and social history. He is the author of multiple books and many articles in professional journals, books, and other media outlets. His work and views have appeared frequently in major global media outlets. He has served as an expert for the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum, among many others. His multifaceted professional service includes terms as Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine (2007-2010), Senior Fellow in Foreign Relations and in Global Development at the Brookings Institution, a leading think-tank in the United States, and the Director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing (2010-2013). He is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association, an honor society of sociologists in the United States. He is also an elected foreign member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (National Academy of Italy). Professor Wang Feng is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the first from the PRC receiving a PhD degree in social sciences at U-M.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, China, Sociology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures