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CCCI Student Symposium

CHINA IN TRANSITION  - April 28, 2018


Cornell Contemporary China Initiative is organizing the 3rd Annual Student Symposium, April 28, 2018.

Don't miss the opportunity to present your research to an engaged audience faculty and fellow students and participate in critical discussions about the field.

Submit your application by March 8th!


This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Institute for China Economic Reserach (CICER), Cornell Asia-Pacific Studies (CAPS) and the Center for the Study of Economy and Society(CSES). 

GLOBAL CHINA - April 22, 2017


Professor Xiaobo Zhang, Professor of Economics, Peking University

"The Economic and Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in China"

Sex ratios have become increasingly skewed in China in the past several decades. There are at least 30 million excess men in the marriage market. With unfavorable marriage market conditions, families with sons much work hard and take more risks. This research finds that sex ratio imbalance has stimulated entrepreneurship, pushed up household savings rate, and bid up housing prices. Meanwhile, the over-competition has caused many negative health consequences, such as depression, work-related injuries, and excess mortality.


Panel 1: Policy and Power under the Chinese Communist Party

Q&A Moderator: Yiding Ma (MPS, AEM)

  • Jihyun Han (PhD cand., History) – "The Origin of the Hukou System Revisited"
  • Mengxi Sun (MA, Asian Studies) – "The 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative as China's Soft Power Launch Pad: Prospects, Dilemmas, and Contentions"
  • Allison Lapehn (BS, ILR) – "The Anti-Corruption Campaign of Xi Jinping:Informed by Past Policy, Impacting Future Investment"

Panel 2: Chinese Society in Transition and Distress

Q&A Moderator: Zhe Xiong (MPS, AEM)

  • Jing Qian (PhD cand., AEM) – "Anti-corruption and Economic Activities"
  • Deyu Rao (MS, AEM) – "Air Pollution and Health Spending: Evidence from China"
  • Ziye Zhang (PhD cand., City & Regional Planning) – "An Investigation of Vertical Housing Information"




Professor Shiping Tang - "Studying Contemporary China in the Social Sciences"

Professor Shiping Tang is Professor in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan Univeristy (Shanghai, China). He has a B. A. in Paleontology from China University of Geosciences (1985), an M. A. in molecular biology from University of Science and Technology of China (1988), a Ph. D. in molecular biology & genetics from Wayne State University School of Medicine (1995), and an M. A. in international studies from the University of California at Berkeley (1999). Professor Tang has a very broad research interest, covering international relations (IR) theory and policy, political economy, and philosophy of social sciences. His most recent book, The Social Evolution of International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013), was awarded the "Annual Best Book Award" by the International Studies Association (ISA) in 2015.


Panel 1: Exploring Regional and Global Connections: Diaspora, Market Institutions, and the Arts

Q&A Moderator: Ningzi Li (PhD cand. Sociology)

  • Katherine Nachbar (BA, Asian Studies & Economics) - "Xinning Magazine: Reaching the Diaspora"
  • Yuanyuan Liu & Lisha Liu (PhD cand., Sociology) - "Regional Variation in Earnings Inequality in Urban China Revisited: Two Decades after the Debate"
  • Yuanyuan Tang (BA, Asian Studies and History of Art) - "Art Market in China: Auction Houses, Collectors, and Museums in Past Thirty Years"

Panel 2: Addressing Implications of China's Development: Food Safety, Land Rights, and Automobiles

Q&A Moderator: Yiqi Ou (MS, Regional Science)

  • Li Zhang (PhD cand., Development Sociology) - "Bottom-up Food Self-Protection Arising from China’s Food Safety Crisis"
  • Meicheng Wang (MA, City and Regional Planning) - "Redevelopment Models of Collective-owned Land in Beijing and Shenzhen under China’s Dual Land System"
  • Julianne Eunu Song (BA, Economics & Asian Studies) - "Bumps in the Road: Chinese Automakers’ Efforts, Challenges, and Possibilities in the U.S. Market"