San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Topic: Chinese Village, Global Market
Date/Time: Monday, August 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Conference Room (哥伦比亚大学全球中心|东亚，一层会议室)
Address: No. 26, 1 F Core Plaza, No. 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing (北京市海淀区中关村西区善缘街1号立方庭1层底商26号)
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Speaker: Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs; Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, Harvard Kennedy School
This talk tells the story of one village, Yantian, and its remarkable economic and social transformation. The village sits in the Pearl River Delta, the engine of China's emergence as the hub of global manufacturing and production. The village's success relied on the creation of new economic collectives, the ability to leverage networks, migrant labor, and its proximity to Hong Kong to transform forever the formerly sleepy rural area. The talk will discuss how the outcomes are shaped by a number of factors such as path dependence, social structures, economic resources and local entrepreneurship. It will also outline the challenges ahead for Yantian.
Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and thefaculty chair of the China Public Policy Program, which provides training programs for national and local Chinese officials. .
Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.
He is a trustee member of the China Medical Board of New York and International Bridges to Justice and sits on the executive committees of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Asia Center, both at Harvard University. Saich serves as the Harvard representative of the Kennedy Memorial Trust and previously was the representative for the Ford Foundation’s China Office from 1994 to 1999. Prior to this, he was director of the Sinological Institute at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
His current research focuses on politics and governance in post-Mao China, China’s urbanization and rural-urban inequality in China; and the interplay between state and society in Asia and the respective roles they play in the provision of public goods and services at the local level. His most recent books include Governance and Politics of China (Third Edition, 2010); Providing Public Goods in Transitional China (2008); Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic (with David Apter, 1998); The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party (1996); and China’s Science Policy in the 80s (1989); He has edited books on China's urbanization (with Shahid Yusuf, 2008), HIV/AIDS (with Joan Kaufman and Arthur Kleinman, 2006), and the reform of China’s financial sector.
He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and his bachelor’s degree in politics and geography from the University of Newcastle, UK. Away from the office, he enjoys time with his two children, movies, and soccer.
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