People keep moving from rural areas into cities.
Guan Xinbing ‘Officials’ Heartache’: Depression, Bureaucracy, and Therapeutic Governance in China
This talk addresses the Chinese phenomenon of guan xinbing “officials’ heartache,” with particular emphasis on the media’s representations of “officials’ suicides” since 2009.
This talk addresses the Chinese phenomenon of guan xinbing “officials’ heartache,” with particular emphasis on the media’s representations of “officials’ suicides” since 2009. Through ethnographic analysis, Professor Yang demonstrates that, instead of biomedical depression as the default cause of officials’ suicides offered by the government and media, the autocratic bureaucratic culture, especially the prevalent practices of qian guize “hidden rules,” trigger officials’ depression and suicide. Professor Yang argues that the management of officials’ suicides involves concatenation of multiple powers: biopolitical, disciplinary, necropolitical, and therapeutic, both sovereign and hegemonic.
Kirk Denton will look at the role of politics—especially political parties—in the establishment, administration, architectural design, and historical narratives of museums in Taiwan.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a discussion with Barry Naughton on his assessment of what he and his colleagues got right and wrong in looking at China’s economy over the past four decades.