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Image for Jennifer Chun receives Chancellor
Chun, who has a joint appointment in the International Institute and the department of Aisan American studies, won a $10,000 grant to develop a course on writing community organizational case studies and movement histories, as well as community engagement components for existing courses on Asian and Latina women workers.
Image for "Wuhan Diary" provokes cyber campaign against author, translator
June 25, 2020. Director of the Center for Chinese Studies Michael Berry translated “Wuhan Diary,” an account by Chinese author Fang Fang of Covid-19's spread in her hometown. Berry writes in The Washingtono Post, "As the coronavirus spread and people were desperate for not just information but also a human connection, [her] diary was viewed online by more than 50 million people in China." But once Fang Fang called for accountability, she became the target of a massive, multi-pronged cyber-campaign."The assault not only deflected attention from her calls for accountability, but also turned Fang into the villain in the eyes of many Chinese readers," writes Berry, who himself was attacked on Weibo.
Image for If Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too
May 28, 2020. In an op-ed piece in The Los Angeles Times about the new National Security Law on Hong Kong adopted by the PRC, UCLA sociologist Ching Kwan Lee writes: "Independent or not, the new law has certainly deepened people's anguish and anger, as the city braces for emigration, capital outflow, political persecutions, and more." She details new frontiers in the pro-democracy struggle, including a "yelllow economic circle," a new wave of unions and legislative campaigns. See a recent (June 3) webinar with Prof. Lee, who is currently teaching at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, here.
Image for Cindy Fan on the bias of the Chinese household registration system
May 5, 2020. The work and comments of Vice Provost Cindy Fan are highlighted in an article in The Straits Times of Singapore that examines the hukou household registration system in China. The system works against the interests of both migrant workers and rural residents.The vast majority of migrant workers are unable to register to live and enjoy social services (such as schooling for their children) in the cities in which they work. Despite recent reforms, Fan notes, "urban hukou in the largest cities where migrants actually live and work remain out of reach."