Monday, September 1, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar]Civility in Chinese Society: The People’s Republic of China

Civility in Chinese Society: The People’s Republic of China

Speaker: David SCHAK 
(Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies and International Business Griffith University
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 5 September 2014 
Venue: Room 12 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK 

This presentation is part of a work in progress comparing the development of civility in Taiwan and the PRC with an aim to understand the conditions under which civility develops in a society. Chinese governments have, since Chiang Kai-shek's 1930s New Life Movement, attempted to raise the level of refinement of their populations, and the PRC government, with its wujiang simei sanreai, shuxinfeng, suzhi and Learn from Lei Feng initiatives is still trying to do so. In Taiwan, however, the advance in civility became manifest in the 1990s, after Taiwan had democratised and the Kuomintang's civilising programs had ceased. In today's presentation I will analyse the level of civility in the PRC in terms of how people treat one another, in particular strangers, and how they treat their physical surroundings.

Dr David Schak trained as an anthropologist at University of California (PhD 1973). He has researched and written on a variety of topics on Chinese society including dating as a new method of spouse selection, poverty, beggars, Taiwanese business culture and management, the filiality of daughters, migration, civil society, socially engaged Buddhism in Taiwan and Protestantism in the PRC.


Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk.


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