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LRCCS Tuesday Lecture Series | The Grand Picture of China's Capitalist Revolution

Join Michigan professor Yuen Yuen Ang in discussing China's recent growth and development. 

September 26, 2017 11:30am to 12:30pm
Please note the new time and location for our 2017-18 lecture series. 
Attempts to explain China's development all suffer from a “blind men and elephant" problem: depending on when and where one looks within China, every theory of development is correct, yet none is complete. What then is the grand picture of China's great economic and institutional transformation? The answer lies in the sequence of strategies, rather than in any particular factor. In China, the first step of development was paradoxically to kick-start markets using "weak/wrong/backward" institutions. 
Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, and a Faculty Associate at the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, Series in Political Economy, 2016), which won the 2017 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for “outstanding book in international relations, comparative politics, or political economy.” 


June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute, the East Asian Studies Center, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a screening of the 1993 Chinese film Woman Sesame Oil Maker (香魂女). It tells the story of a woman in a small village who buys a peasant wife for his mentally disabled son after her sesame oil business becomes unexpectedly successful. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Xie Fei (谢飞).