2018 Student Symposium: China in Transition


The 3rd annual Contemporary China Student Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00AM to 4:40PM in 401 Warren Hall. (Lunch will be served.)
The theme for this year’s symposium is China in Transition. China in the Reform Era has been characterized by swift transformation at a massive scale, whether from the perspective of political reform, economic development, ideological change, or urban and rural transformations. This student symposium invites short presentations from undergraduate and graduate students who explore some aspects of these transitions.


10:00 – 10:10AM : Opening Statements by Professor Robin McNeal, Director of East Asia Program

10:10 – 11:15AM : Keynote Lecture
Economic Development, Market Transition and Work Values in Urban China, ” by Professor Yang Cao, Associate Professor of Zhejiang University.
(Professor Yang Cao received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor in Sociology and Public Policy at University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Adjunct Professor in Sociology at Zhejiang University, China. His research examines how institutional change reshapes various aspects of the contemporary Chinese society. He has published a number of journals on sociology, economics, and management. His current project explores the determinants and consequences of values in urban China.)

11:15 – 11:30AM : Q&A

11:30AM – 1:00PM : Lunch

1:00 – 2:00PM : Student Panel 1 – Changes in the Political and Economic Landscape(Q&A Moderator: Xiao Li, MA, Regional Science)

  1. Niall Chithelen (BA, History and China and Asia-Pacific Studies) – “Debating China: Stepping in and out of Tropes in China Coverage
  2. Paulina Glass (BA, Asian Studies and Government) – “Confucianism in the Politics of the People’s Repubic of China
  3. Shumeng Li (Ph.D., Sociology) – “Unequal Knowledge, Unequal Participation – Differentiation Among Small Producers in China’s Transitioning Economy

2:00 – 2:25PM : Q&A

2:25 – 2:45PM : Tea/Coffee Break<

2:45 – 4:05PM : Student Panel 2 – Changes in Urban Infrastructure (Q&A Moderator: Xiao Li, MA, Regional Science)

  1. Xuewen Yan (Ph.D., Sociology) – “Regional contexts, individual socioeconomic characteristics, and attitudes toward rural migrants’ equal access to urban welfare in China
  2. Christine Wen (Ph.D., City and Regional Planning) – “Development, Education, and the Urban Integration of Rural Migrants in Interior China
  3. Avralt-Od Purevjav (Ph.D., Economics) – “Travel Mode Choices and Congestion Policies in Beijing
  4. Jing Qian (Ph.D., Economics) – “Policy Designs for Clean Vehicle Adoption: A Study of Electric Vehicle Subsidy Program in China

4:05 – 4:30PM : Q&A

4:30 – 4:40PM : Closing Statements by Professor Robin McNeal, Director of East Asia Program
This symposium is co-sponsored by the East Asia Program’s Cornell Contemporary China Initiative (CCCI), Cornell Institute for China Economic Research (CICER), China & Asia-Pacific Studies (CAPS), and the Center for the Study of Economy and Society (CSES).