Much research, including Charlotte Goodburn’s 2008-09 study of primary school children in Shenzhen, has shown that rural-urban migrant children in China face significant barriers to education, and often end up in poor quality, migrant-run private schools.
From the films and theatrical productions of Zhang Yimou to massive song-and-dance epics staged in honor of national holidays, the People’s Republic of China has become known for spectacular displays of high-tech special effects in visual culture and performance.
Sir Robert Hart served as Inspector-General of the Imperial Maritime Customs Service of the Qing dynasty from 1863 until his death in 1911. No foreigner has ever had or will ever have the life he did in China.
This lecture revisits one of the most fundamental phenomena that shaped Chinese society during its middle period: the social and cultural construction of writing (wen) in the Tang empire and its re-shaping of the power and identity of the high elite.