China Center 2023-2024 Lecture Series on Labor Market Transformations in China

September 28, 2023

The Columbia China Center for Social Policy will hold its 2023-2024 Lecture Series on the theme of “Labor Market Transformations in China.” The lecture series is co-organized by Professors Qin Gao, Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education at Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of the Columbia China Center for Social Policy, and Yao Lu, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. This lecture series is co-hosted by the Weather head East Asian Institute and the China Center for Social Policy at Columbia University. 

This lecture series includes four lectures that explore different aspects of labor market transformations in China. All lectures will be presented in hybrid mode, both in person and via Zoom, and are free and open to the public. Details of the Lecture Series can be found below as well as on the respective event pages. Please register at the respective event pages for each lecture.

  1. The Fruits of Opportunism: Noncompliance and the Evolution of China's Supplemental Education Industry, by Le Lin (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa). This lecture is a book talk that examines the regulatory, entrepreneurial, and organizational factors contributing to the expansion and transformation of China’s supplemental education industry.
  2. Mobilizing the Mountains: Popular Protest in North China and Appalachia, by Elfstrom Manfred (Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of British Columbia). This lecture uses extensive fieldwork and statistical analysis to examine both the causes and consequences of labor protests in China.
  3. From Chinatown to Every Town, by Zai Liang (Distinguished Professor of Sociology, SUNY Albany). This lecture is a book talk that examines how the expansion and growing popularity of Chinese restaurants has shifted settlement to more rural and faraway areas and their implications for both the US and China.
  4. Gender and Network-based Job Matching in China, by Elena Obukhova (Associate Professor of Management, McGill University). This lecture examines how employer practices shape cultural logics surrounding network matching in China.
Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy