China and Chinese Diaspora


China and Chinese Diaspora

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Discussion Forum

Book on Hmong for Review

Started by Stacy A A Hope May 11, 2011.

Collaboration / exchange of ideas 1 Reply

Started by Karstein Noremark. Last reply by Cui Yin Mok Jan 4, 2011.

Favorite Recent Ethnographies of Urban China? 1 Reply

Started by Lily Hope Chumley. Last reply by Vanessa Jul 21, 2009.

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Comment by Camilla Aasen Bøe on March 27, 2012 at 10:49am

I have come across Opening Up when searching for relevant literature for my thesis, but I have yet to read it. I found Vanessa Fong's Only Hope very helpful in getting a better understanding of central issues and concerns in the lives of the 80后, the first singleton generation. I don't know of any other in-depth analyses of their situation.

Comment by John McCreery on March 26, 2012 at 1:33pm

Camilla, welcome to OAC. Are you familiar with my friend James Farrer's Opening Up about the games young Chinese play in Shanghai dance halls?

Comment by Camilla Aasen Bøe on March 26, 2012 at 11:02am

Hi, I just discovered OAC and found it a great, but am I too late? Is this group still alive or am I a lone voice in the vacuum of cyberespace? In case you're still here I'll introduce myself. I'm currently doing an intensive language course in Beijing in preparation for a fieldwork for my master thesis. Very briefly summarised, my research interest circles around close interpersonal relationships and how these have been affected by the changes that have occured in Chinese urban society over the last couple of decades.

Comment by Stacy A A Hope on May 11, 2011 at 11:41am

Call for Reviewers: 

Is anyone interested in reviewing the following title?

Tapp, Nicholas (2010). The Impossibility of Self: An Essay on the Hmong Diaspora. LIT -Verlag: Berlin.


This book will be posted to the selected reviewer who will then be asked to submit their review in 4 weeks of receiving the text. 


Please send me a message on the OAC page, if you are interested. 


Kind Regards, 

Stacy Hope

Book Reviews Editor

Comment by James Cuffe on October 31, 2010 at 11:54pm
大家好!just to introduce myself- i am writing my thesis on the need for a new theoretical orientation within Chinese Studies that can overcome western dichotomoies of individual/society object/subject etc. I want to show that many (though not all) approaches to the study of contemporary China lead to contradictory conclusions. China is confusing, but it is not inherently contradictory, so we need to stretch our understanding to accommodate China rather than stretching China to accommodate our theoretical underpinnings. Please get in touch if you see some relevance here to your own research. Also i think the idea of online collaboration mentioned by Karstein is very worthwhile idea to make this group something more. 加油!
Comment by Lukovic Andreja on August 17, 2010 at 10:59am
Hi everyone,
I joined a few days ago, but didn`t introduce myself. I am writing my theses on chinese entrepreneurs in Budapest, Hungary and Belgrade, Serbia; focusing on their whole story from the beginnings in China to the ways they got accustomed to the new economic environment in both countries - which differ significantly in terms of opportunity structures. I would start a separate discussion if there`s anyone interested..
Comment by Stacy A A Hope on April 28, 2010 at 5:29pm
Hi Everyone! I see that this group has lost some of its spark! However, I am hoping that a regain in interest may occur, especially due to the E-Seminar Series that is currently occurring at the OAC. The E-seminar is entitled "Why do the gods look like this?" by John McCreery, and will run from 27 April to 11 May 2010. During that time, members of the OAC are welcome to post comments to John about his paper in the discussion forum and he will respond. The seminar will unfold at a leisurely pace, as and when participants, including the presenter, find the time to post. After two weeks, the chair will thank the presenter and discussants, announce the next session and close the seminar.

I highly recommend that we all try to participate.
Comment by Karstein Noremark on September 15, 2009 at 12:22am
Hi everyone.
From the look of things, I'd say it's about time to get started doing something in this group if it is to survive at all. I hope that most of you (like me) have just taken a well-deserved summer holiday, and are now ready to get started with some interesting discussions and collaborations!

In the spirit of the recent discussions in the OAC forum, regarding the usefulness of this cooperative and the (true) mening of 'open', I suggest that those who are interested come together to collaborate on producing something 'real' - like e.g. an article.

I would be very interested in collaborating with people that share some of my own research interests:

Chinese politics (especially on minorities, development and environment); NGOs and grassroot organisations in China; international environmentalism and its connection to China; the nexus between 'indigenous knowledge' and 'scientific knowledge' (especially the representation of these two terms as being radically different when they are not); the status of science (kexue) in China (its importance in political decision making, and implications for urban and rural Chinese citizens); education and the Chinese job market; informal reciprocal relationships (sometimes referred to as 'guanxi'); I am also interested in learning about other topics that could help to inform the topics sketched out above.

The type of collaboration I propose, could typically begin with interested people swapping notes, sketches, ideas on different topics - commenting on them - and then agree on some common ground for an article. The discussion could be carried out via e-mail (for larger bits of text), and the chat function on the OAC page.

Anyone interested?

I see online cooperation/collaboration as a way of evading institutional barriers, and, in my case, a faculty more or less oblivious to students interested in China. I hope that others might share my experiences and/or ideas.

Oh, and I am of course also interested in the prospects of getting an article published, this link gives some clues to how it can be done :)
Comment by Jeff Martin on July 24, 2009 at 12:13am
現在有一個中文論壇﹐歡迎大家來加入﹐ 也可邀請一些朋友們來參加。感恩。
I have made a group for Chinese language discussions. Please join, and invite your friends to join! Thanks.

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