No Left-behind Kids, No Left-behind Old People: Findings of an anthropological investigation in an out-of-the-way Chinese village

When:16 Oct 2015, 4pm - 6pm
Venue:Morven Brown 209 (map ref C20)
Who:Dr Zhong Yong, UNSW
Dr Yong Zhong

Chinese Studies Seminar Series


This presentation will discuss the findings of a case study conducted in 2015 in an out-of-the-way village in Yunnan Province. The case study was triggered by a pilot study discovering that “left-behind” children and old people, two major problems endemic in rural China, were not found in this village. Designed to confirm this prior finding and also to identify the solutions adopted to address the two problems, this case study used anthropological methods and carried out an investigation, finding that four aspects of village development contributed to this atypical sample in rural China. These include: a) adequate investment in and building of infrastructure, b) development of livelihood security, c) enriched after-work spiritual and recreation community life, and d) stable family structure/relations and ethnic heritage. The findings of the case study generate an in-depth insight into rural China especially with regard to the real causes of and possible solutions to the current major problems.

The seminar will be presented in English. Bilingual discussion will be welcome.

About Yong Zhong

Dr Zhong is a senior lecturer at UNSW. He conducts research on learning and teaching, translation studies, media and communication studies and education economics. He has published in numerous international refereed journals including Media, Culture and Society; Continuum; Translation and Interpreting Studies; Meta; Interpreter and Translator Trainers; and Media International Australia and has given talks at many international universities including ANU, HK University, Nanjing University, Sydney University and Taipei Normal University. He was awarded a citation by Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2009 and a UNSW FASS Dean’s award for best contribution to scholarship on learning and teaching.

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