China Research Workshop 中国研究讲座 RSVP
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Social Science Building 107

"Activating China: Local Actors, Foreign Influence, and State Response"

Presenter: Setsuko Matsuzawa, Associate Professor of Sociology, The College of Wooster

Abstract: Activating China challenges the typical understanding that global forces shape local outcomes. Setsuko Matsuzawa studies Chinese activists, researchers and government officials as they collaborate with foreign NGOs for transnational advocacy efforts. She shows that global projects are often substantially transformed: local actors often defy the original intentions of their foreign collaborators and even China’s authoritarian central government. Although foreign NGOs have often been regarded as hegemonic or culturally imperialistic, Matsuzawa shows how these engagements can even bring about changes in NGOs’ goals. The book is based on three studies of transnational advocacy: China’s first participatory development project; China’s first successful transnational anti-dam activism; and China’s first national park project.

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CRW provides a forum for the presentation of original research by China scholars from around the country in social science and humanities, sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China. To view archive and upcoming workshops list, visit: http://fudan-uc.ucsd.edu/events/workshops.html
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