China Workshop




Brown University, February 28, 2012
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute of International Affairs
111 Thayer Street, Providence, R.I.

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This conference, a Brown University Year of China event, is supported by the Grace Yue '88 and John So '87 China Urban Studies Fund and the Dean of the Faculty and has been organized by S4 and the Urban Studies Program.

Co-sponsors: David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University; Urban China Research Network, University at Albany; University College of London; and Hong Kong University Strategic Research Theme on Contemporary China Studies.

China's decisive shift from a centrally planned economy four decades ago has greatly affected urban life. Housing – previously in short supply but treated as a welfare good – has been largely privatized. Economic growth in old and new cities has been fueled by a labor force recruited from the countryside, a majority of people now live in urban areas, and cities have sprawled far beyond their previous borders. New divisions have been created by class inequality and official discrimination against rural migrants. This conference brings together many of the leading scholars on China's urban transformation to examine key aspects of these changes, to anticipate future changes, and to assess the challenges these pose for urban research.



Year of China

The Year of China explores the rich culture, economy, and politics of Greater China, investigating its past, examining its present, and contemplating its future. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, Brown will host public lectures, cultural events, academic conferences, and exhibits in an integrated exploration of China. For more information, please visit: