Spring 2008




Eric Fong (University of Toronto)


Treasurer: Feng Wang, (UC Irvine)


Newsletter Editor: Heying Zhan, (Georgia State U)



Nan Lin (Duke)

Yung-Mei Tsai (Texas Tech)

Elena Yu (San Diego State)

Dudley Poston (Texas A&M)

Alvin Y. So (HKUST)

Xiangming Chen (U of Illinois Chicago)

Che-Fu Lee (Catholic U of America)

Yanjie Bian (HKUST)

Min Zhou (UCLA)

Zhao, Dingxin (Univ. of Chicago)



Dingxin Zhao, U of Chicago

Jiaming Sun, Texas A&M University-commerce

Janet Salaff, U of Toronto

Dongxiao Liu, Texas A&M University

Xiaogang Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology



Chih-jou Jay Chen (Taiwan)

Yiu-Chung Ho (Singapore)

Gina Lai (Hong Kong)

Li Qiang (China)


The NACSA Newsletter can be found at the Association’s website: .


This newsletter is published twice a year in January and June.  Please send your news items to Heying Jenny Zhan, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University,


NACSA AFFAIRS                                                                                                               


NACSA 2008 Annual Conference “Call For Papers”                        3



NACSA Membership Form                                                                       5

            Conference Announcement


NOTES ON FOLKS                                                                                                            7

FENG, Wang. Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

PARISH, William L. University of Chicago

PENG Yusheng

SHU, Xiaoling,

SUN, Jiangming

YANG, Song, University of Arkansas

            YEUNG,Wei-Jun Jean, New York University

WEN, Ming

YEUNG, Guobin

ZHAN, Heying


ZHANG, Gehui

ZHAO, Dingxin


            ZHU, Zhiyong



            Social Transformation of Chinese Society, “Call for Paper”                                14

            《立场》求稿                                                         16    

        TIPS & LINKS.                                                                                              17

            Overseas Young Chinese Forum 10th Annual meeting “Globalization and Nationalism        across the Taiwan Strait                                                                                    19

            ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE POLITICAL STUDIES                            20
            International Symposium & the 21th ACPS Annual Meeting
China after          the 17th CCP Congress”

            Zeng, Yi et al.   Healthy Longevity in China; Demographic,                  Socioeconomic, and Psychological Dimensions                                      22

Call for Papers

The 2008 NACSA Annual Conference

Boston, Massachusetts, July 31, 2008


The 2008 NACSA Annual Conference will be held on July 31 in Massachusetts, following the great tradition of our association to hold a one-day mini-conference prior to the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association (August 1-4, 2008). The aim of this year’s conference is broadly defined to be two-fold: to promote scholar ly research on Chinese society, culture, economy, and immigrant life in the greater Chinese Diaspora, and to continue building bridges and guanxi among scholars of Chinese heritage and non-Chinese ancestry in North America, Asia, and other parts of the world. 



We will organize a special session this year to discuss the development of sociology in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  The themes of this year’s conference are otherwise open. We call for submissions of regular papers/panels and will let other theme(s) emerge from the submissions.   We encourage scholars and graduate students from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the greater Chinese Diaspora to submit papers/panels in either English or Chinese.



The 2008 mini-conference will be holding 5-6 concurrent sessions and a special session, depending on the ASA space allocation.


Submission Deadline: March 25, 2008

Submit your paper or abstract via email to: Eric Fong <fong@chass.utoronto .ca >

Individual papers: Complete papers or paper abstracts will be considered.  Paper abstracts may be 1-2 pages but must contain sufficient detail and evidence of timely completion for the program committee in its decision making.  Please give all authors’ and coauthors’ names, organizational affiliations, and email addresses.

Panels: Any NACSA member can organize a panel. Each panel should consist of two to three presenters and a discussant.  The panel  organizer must submit a proposal specifying the theme of the panel along with the summaries/abstracts of the papers selected. Pease give all panelists’ names, organizational affiliations, and email addresses.

Submissions may be in English or in Chinese.  The program committee assumes that the language used in individual papers/abstracts or panel proposals would be the same as the language used in presentation at the annual conference .  Papers should be formatted as Word documents  and sent as an attached file.


Acceptance Announcement: May 15, 2008

-           Email announcements to all organizers/discussants/ authors about the tentative panels to which their presentations are assigned

-           A formal acceptance letter is to be provided to all the authors for their travel funding application and/or visa application purposes.

-           Visit for a tentative annual conference program after May 15 of 2008.


Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 15, 2008

-           A full paper is to be submitted to the organizer/presider/discussant of the assigned session.


Contact Persons

Dr. Eric Fong, President of NACSA, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology, 725 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5S 2J4.  Tel. 416-978-8488; Email:


Registration Fee

-  The registration fee for each participant is US$10.  Fees may be paid in form of a personal check or a bank draft, payable to “NACSA,” via regular mail prior to July 15, 2008 or on site.   Checks should be sent to the treasurer Professor Feng Wang, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, U.S.A.  Email:



Travel Funds

-           All participants will be responsible for their own traveling to and from the conference.  NACSA would be happy to assist you in applying for travel funds. 


Membership Renewal

Current members should renew their 2008 membership.  $15 for regular member, $10 for associate member, $5 for student member, and $300  life member.  Both current and new members may fill out their membership forms (see attached) and mail them with their membership dues in checks or bank drafts, payable to “NACSA,” to Professor Feng Wang, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, U.S.A.  Email:


Final Note

-  You are encouraged to distribute this Call for Papers widely to your colleagues, students, fellow students, and friends who may be interested in joining the NACSA.


North American Chinese Sociologists Association


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cc: Article V. MEMBERSHIP of the NACSA By law

Persons who subscribe to the stated purposes of NACSA, who agree to abide by the bylaws of the association, and who has graduate training in sociology or any of the social sciences or the social aspects of law, health, and medicine, qualify for NACSA membership. Membership shall be divided into three categories: Regular, Associate, and Student. Regular members shall be eligible to vote, hold office, and serve on the Board of Directors. Regular remembers shall pay annual dues of $15. Associate members are persons who work as sociologists or social scientists outside of North America and may choose to pay a lower fee of $10. Associate members shall have voting rights but are not eligible to hold office and serve on the Board of Directors. Student members are full-time graduate students in sociology or the social sciences and pay the student membership dues of $5. Student members are not eligible to vote, hold office, and serve on the Board of Directors.

Membership dues shall be paid annually to the association on January 1 of each year. Instead of annual payment of membership dues, a single payment for life (Life Membership) of $300 may be accepted. Once paid, the Life members shall not have to pay annual membership dues and shall have the same voting rights as Regular members. Benefits for dues-paying members include receiving two issues of NACSA’s newsletter a year, being entitled a discount registration fee and free lunch for future NACSA conferences, rights to vote for NACSA officers and Board members, and receiving a periodically updated NACSA membership directory.







FENG, Wang. Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine


Wang Feng. 2008. Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban

China. Stanford University Press.


FONG, Eric, University of Toronto


Eric Fong and Chiu Luk, editors. 2007. Chinese Ethnic Business: Global and Local Perspectives. London, UK: Routledge.


Eric Fong, Wenhong Chen, and Chiu Luk. 2007."A Comparison of Ethnic Businesses in Suburbs and the City." City and Community 6(2):119-136.


William Magee, Eric Fong and Rima Wilkes. 20008. "Neighbourhood Ethnic Concentration and Discrimination." Journal of Social Policy 37(1):37-61.


Eric Fong, Xingshan Cao, and Wenhong Chen. 2007. "The Transnational Linkages of Chinese in Toronto." Social Transformation in Chinese Societies.


Eric Fong and Chiu Luk. 2007. "Introduction: Chinese Ethnic Business and Globalization." Eric Fong and Chiu Luk (eds.), Chinese Ethnic Business: Global and Local Perspectives.  London, UK: Routledge.


Eric Fong and Linda Lee. 2007. "Chinese Ethnic Economies within the City Context." Eric Fong and Chiu Luk (eds.), Chinese Ethnic Business: Global and Local Perspectives. London, UK: Routledge.


LUO, Baozhen, Georgia State University


Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Georgia State University, 2007


Dissertation Award: 2008. “Urbanization and its Impact on older Adults in Rural ChinaGeorgia State University.


Book: Baozhen Luo. (2007). Social construction of Chinese American Ethnic Identities: Dating Attitudes and Behaviors Among Second-Generation Chinese American Youths. Verlag Dr. Muller Publishing House. (Forthcoming)


Zhan, Heying and Luo, Baozhen (2007). Social Gerontology. A chapter in Li, Jieli and Min Liu(eds.). Frontiers of Western Humanities and Social Science Research. Beijing University Press.


Zhan, Heying and Luo, Baozhen. (2007). Students’ teaching evaluation in the U.S. and its implementation and implications for higher education in China. University Education in China.


Luo, Baozhen (2007). Shopping Cultures: Dating Attitudes and Behaviors Among Second-Generation Chinese American Youths. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. (Revise and Resubmit).


PARISH, William L. University of Chicago


Parish, William L., Edward O. Laumann, & Sanyu Mojola.  2007. “Trends in Chinese Sexual Behavior.” Population and Development Review. 33(4):729-756. 

Parish, William L., Ye Luo, Ross Stolzenberg, Edward O. Laumann, Gracia Farrer, and Suiming Pan. 2007. “Sexual Practices and Sexual Satisfaction: A Population Based Study of Urban Chinese Adults.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 36(1):5-20.

Parish, William L., Ye Luo, Edward O. Laumann, Melissa Kew, and Zhiyuan Yu. 2007. “Unwanted Sexual Activity among Married Women in Urban China.” Journal of Sex Research 44 (2): 1-14.

Parish, William L. Parish, Edward O. Laumann, Suiming Pan, & Yanni Hao. 2007. “Sexual Dysfunctions in Urban China: A Population-Based National Survey of Men and Women,” The Journal of Sexual Medicine.  4 (6):1559-1574.

Das, Aniruddha, William L. Parish, and Edward O. Laumann. 2007. “Masturbation in Urban China.” Archives of Sexual Behavior, Online first.  Print edition forthcoming.

Luo, Y., W.L. Parish, E.O.Laumann, TF Wang. 2007, “Is the Sexual Revolution a Revolution for All?  Assessing the Consequences for Chinese Women,” draft.  Presented at annual meeting, American Sociological Association, August 2007.

Parish, W.L., Y. Hao, E.O. Laumann, & J. Schneider. 2007. “Genitourinary Symptoms in Urban China: A Population-Based Study,” International Journal of STD & AIDS 18:736-740.


PENG Yusheng has published three journal articles in 2007.


(1) Peng, Yusheng. 2007. “What Has Spilled over from Chinese Cities into Rural Industry?” Modern China 33(3): 287-319.


(2) Huang, P. and Y. Peng (in Chinese). 2007. “The Prospect of Chinese Family Farms at the Conjuncture of Three Historical Trends”. Chinese Social Sciences [Zhongguo Shehui Kexue], Vol. 2007, No. 4, Pp. 74-88.


(3) Davis, D., P. Landry, Y. Peng, and J. Xiao. 2007. “Gendered Pathways to Rural Schooling: the Interplay of Wealth and Local Institutions.” The China Quarterly 189: 60-82.


He also taught a summer course on quantitative methodology at Peking University and organized two sessions (one on social networks and the other on inequalities in China) in the annual conference of Eastern Sociological Society (March 2007, Philadelphia).




SHU, Xiaoling, University of California at Davis

Shu, Xiaoling, Yifei Zhu, and Zhanxin Zhang. 2007. “Global Economy and Gender Inequalities: The Case of the Chinese Urban Labor Market.Social Science Quarterly 88(5):1307-32 (special issue on Women in Global Society).

Shu, Xiaoling and Margaret Mooney Marini. 2008. “Coming of Age in Changing Times: Occupational Aspirations of American Youth in 1966-80.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility: forthcoming.

SUN, Jianming, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jiaming Sun, Global Connectivity and Local Transformation University Press of America, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD 20706. Feb. 2008, ISBN: 0-7618-4008-7.


New Edited Book
Jiaming Sun and Raghu N. Singh, "Empirical Approaches to Global Sociology", Indo American Books. Kingsway Camp, Delhi 110009, India. 2007. ISBN: 81-89617-47-8


Journal Article
Xiangming Chen and Jiaming Sun, “Untangling a Global-Local Nexus: Sorting Out Residential Sorting in Shanghai.” Environment and Planning A. 2007, volume 39, (10) 2324 – 2345. ISSN 0308-518X.


Journal Article (in Chinese)
Jiaming Sun and Yang Xiong "Cross-border Contact in Globalization", Journal of Social Sciences. ISSN: 0257-5833, Volume: 322, Issue: 6, 2007


WEN, Ming’s work focuses on social contexts of health-related issues.


Wen M, Kandula N & Lauderdale DS. 2007. “Leisure-time walking in a multiethnic population: What difference does the neighborhood make?” Journal of General Internal Medicine:/22(12):1674–1680.


Wen M, Browning CR & Cagney K. 2007. “A multi-level study of neighborhood environment and its relationship to physical activity in adulthood” Urban Studies:44(13): 1-18.


Wen M. 2007. “Racial and ethnic differences in general health status and limiting health conditions among American children: Parental reports in the 1999 National Survey of America’s Families” Ethnicity and Health:12(5):401-422.


Cagney KA & *Wen M*. 2007. “Social capital and aging-related outcomes”

in Social Capital and Health edited by I. Kawachi, S.V. Subramanian &

D. Kim. New York, New York: Springer.


Conference Presentation in 2007


She also attended eight national or international research conferences in 2007 and gave two seminar presentations as the invited guest speaker at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China this past summer.



YANG, Song, University of Arkansas


David Knoke, Song Yang. 2007. Social Network Analysis.  Sage Publications, Inc


YEUNG, Guobin,  Asian/Middle Eastern Cultures & Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University


Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang (eds). 2007. Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China. Woodrow Wilson Press and Stanford University Press.


YEUNG,Wei-Jun Jean, New York University


“Intergenerational Racial Stratification and Children’s Cognitive Achievement”, National Science Foundation. Principal Investigator.


“Continuity and Change in American Economic and Social Life: The PSID 2007-2011”. National Science Foundation.


“Transitions from Preschool to High School: Family, School, and Neighborhood.  National Institute of Health.


ZHAN, Heying Jenny, Georgia State University


Zhan, H. J. and Luo, B. (2007). Social Gerontology.  A chapter in Li, Jieli and Min Liu (eds.). Series on  Western Research on Humanities and Social Science: Sociology. China Renmin University Press Pp.236-261.


Zhan, H. J. and Luo, B. (2007). Students’ teaching evaluation in the U.S. and its implementation and implications for higher education in China.  Modern University Education in China 103 (1): 49-56.


Guan, X. P., Liu, G. Y., & Zhan, H. Y.  (2007) Institutional and Individual autonomy: Investigating predictors of attitudes towards Chinese private nursing home development in China. International Journal of Aging and Human Development 64 (1) 83-107.





ZHANG, Jie, State University of New York College at Buffalo


 Zhang, Jie, Yuanyuan Kong, and Li Zhou. 2007. Attitudes towards Suicide among Rural Chinese in Dalian Areas. Chinese Journal of Behavioral Medical Science [中国行为医学科学], 16 (11):1013-1015 (in Chinese)


Zhang, Jie, and Huilan Xu. 2007. Degree of Suicide Intent and the Lethality of Means Employed: A Study of Chinese Attempters. Archives of Suicide Research 11 (4):343 – 350.


 Zhang, Jie, and Cun-Xian Jia. 2007. Validating a short version of the suicide intent scale in China. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 55 (4):255-265.


 Zhang, Jie, and Huilan Xu. 2007. The effects of religion, superstition, and perceived gender inequality on the degree of suicide intent: A study of serious attempters in China. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 55 (3):185-197.


 Zhang, Jie, and Ning Li. 2007. A case-control study on marriage and love affair related life events of completed suicide in rural Chinese women. Chinese Mental Health Journal [中国心理卫生杂志] 21 (9):626-629 (in Chinese).


 Kong, Yuanyuan, Jie Zhang, Shuhua Jia, and Li Zhou. 2007. Reliability and Validity of the Beck Hopelessness Scale for Adolescents. Chinese Mental Health Journal  [中国心理卫生杂志] 21 (10):686-689 (in Chinese).


 Zhang, Jie, and Zhen-Shao Song. 2007. Evaluation of the Scale for Suicide Ideation in Chinese High School Students to Study Its Reliability and Validity. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry [临床精神医学杂志] 17 (6):367-368 (in Chinese).


ZHAO, Dingxin, University of Chicago


ZHAO, Dingxin. 2007. Social Movement and Revolution: New Theoretical Perspectives and the Chinese Experience (in  Chinese). Taibei: Juliu Publishing Company.


Zhao, Dingxin. 2007. Guojia Shehui Guanxi yu Bajiu Beijing Xueyun (The Chinese translation of  The Power of Tiananmen). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Chinese University Press.


Zhao, Dingxin 2007. “New Development in Theories of Social Movement and Revolution.” Pp.29-61, in Current Research and New Trends in Western Sociology, edited by Jieli Li. Beijing: People’s University Publishing House.


Zhao, Dingxin. 2007. “The Potential, Limitation of Modern Democracy and the Future of China.” Leadership. No.18: 76-86.


Zhao, Dingxin. 2007. “The Nature of Democracy.” China Reform. No.11: 11-5.


Sun, Yanfei, and Dingxin Zhao. 2007. “Multifaceted State and Fragmented Society: Dynamics of Environmental Movement in China.” Pp.111-60, in Discontented Miracle: Growth, Conflict, and Institutional Adaptations in China, edited by Dali Yang. World Scientific Publisher.


Wu, Lili, and Dingxin Zhao. 2007. “The Dilemma of the Charismatic Power: The Rise and Development of the Cultural Revolution in Ningxia.” The 21st Century. No.101: 58-70.


Xu, Jin and Dingxin Zhao. 2007. “State Capacity and the Dynamics of Tax Riots During Late Ming China.” Sociological Research (Shehuixue Yanjiu). No.1: 1-22.




Min Zhou currently chairs of the Asia and Asian American Section of the American Sociological Association.  She won the 2007 Chiyoko Doris ’34 & Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies, UCLA.  She has been appointed Visiting Professor of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou), Central-China Normal University (Wuhan), and Korea University (Seoul).  In Summer 2007 , she taught Urban Sociology and Introduction to Sociology at Korea University while conducting ethnographic fieldwork on after-school institutions in Seoul.  She was invited to speak on “‘Asian,’ ‘People of Color,’ or ‘White’: Where in the Racial Hierarchy are Asian Americans Positioned?” at the Beijing Forum (November 2-4, 2007) and to speak on “Intergenerational Relations and Bi-Cultural Conflicts in Chinese Immigrant Families” at the Shanghai Forum on Overseas Chinese Studies (December 20-21, 2007).  She also lectured at UC Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Washington, University of Bristol in the UK, the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore, Sun Yat-sen University, and Zhejiang University.  She published the second edition of her book Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader ( with Gatewood, New York University Press 2007). She published two books: The Transformation of Chinese America 《美国华 人社会的变迁》(Shanghai: Sanlian Publishers, 2006) and Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader (New York University Press 2007, with Gatewood, 2nd edition). Her other recent publications include:

Zhou, Min and Guoxuan Cai.  2007.  “The Chinese Language Media and the Ethnic Enclave Economy in the United States.”  Pp. 21-34 in Eric Fong and Chiu Luk, eds., Chinese Ethnic Business: Global and Local Perspectives.  London and New York: Routledge.

Zhou, Min and J. V. Gatewood.  2007.  “Introduction: Revisiting Contemporary Asian America.”  Pp. 1-22 in Min Zhou and J. V. Gatewood (eds.), Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader (second edition).  New York: New York University Press.

Zhou, Min and J. V. Gatewood.  2007.  “Transforming Asian America: Globalization and Contemporary Immigration to the United States.”  Pp. 115-138 in Min Zhou and J. V. Gatewood (eds.), Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader (second edition).  New York: New York University Press.

Zhou, Min and Jennifer Lee.  2007.  “Becoming Ethnic or Becoming American? Tracing the Mobility Trajectories of the New Second Generation in the United States.”  Du Bois Review 4 (1): 1-17.

Zhou, Min.  2007.  “The Non-Economic Effects of Ethnic Entrepreneurship.”  Pp. 279-288 in Léo-Paul Dana (eds.), Handbook of Research on Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: A Co-Evolutionary View on Resource Management.  Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Zhou, Min and Xiyuan Li.  2008.  “Ethnic Language Maintenance and Assimilation: A Historical Look at the Development of Chinese Schools in the United States.”  Pp. 163-184 in Elliott R. Barkan, Hasia Diner, and Alan Kraut, eds., From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Era. New York: New York University Press.


ZHU, Zhiyong: Associate professor in the College of Educational

Administration at Beijing Normal University in China, and also Fulbright New

Century Scholar in Higher Education Study (2007-2008).


The book entitled State Schooling and Ethnic Identity: The Politics of a Tibetan

Neidi Secondary School in China, written by Zhiyong Zhu, was published in June

2007. This book examines the influence of state schooling on Tibetan students’ ethnic identity. The author has developed this case study of a Tibetan middle school after a preferential educational policy was put in place by the Chinese government in the early 1980s. By examining and analyzing student diaries, Zhu has developed a theoretical model for the construction of ethnic identity, while taking into account the influence over ethnic identity wielded by the state. The book is a unique study appropriate for readers with interests in China or Tibetan studies, educational theory, anthropology, & sociology.



Social Transformations in Chinese Societies

Call for Paper

25 January, 2008

Dear friends and colleagues,

Social Transformations in Chinese Societies is the official Journal of The Hong Kong Sociological Association. It publishes articles of original research that addresses theoretical, methodological, or substantive issues of sociological significance about social transformations in Chinese societies. The focus is mainly on Hong Kong, the Mainland, Taiwan, Singapore, and the Chinese diaspora. Our first few issues feature excellent articles by well-known scholars (for example, Michael Burawoy, Richard Madsen, Nan Lin, Gary Hamilton, Bian Yan-jie and Michael Hsiao) and also promising works by young sociologists.

We welcome articles, review essays or book re views of high quality. While submission of manuscripts is open throughout the year, we are now in the process of soliciting manuscripts for the 4th issue (expected in December 2008) and the 5th issue (expected in 2009). The latter will carry a special focus on Class/ Class Inequalities in Chinese Societies. The deadlines for submitting manuscripts for these two issues are as follows:

For the 4th Issue --- 15 March 2008

For the 5th Issue --- 31 August 2008

From the Editor of the Special Focus on Class (the 5 th issue):


This special issue aims to address the question of class/ class inequalities in Hong Kong, the Mainland and Taiwan. In the Mainland, two decades of high economic growth has led to the emergence of new classes, such as private entrepreneurs/capitalists, self-employed and waged employees (rural migrants). Scholars have recently revived their interests in class issues, with special attention to the rising middle class as well as its impact on the entire social structure. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, on the other hand, the past two decades have witnessed a trend of rising inequality, stagnant social mobility and a shrinking middle class. The debate as to whether they are moving towards an M-shape society has begun to receive wide attention among local scholars and the public alike. This special issue welcomes papers that address such issues as the transformation of class structure, the trend in class inequality and class mobility, and changes in attitudes/values associated with class. For interested authors, please send in an abstract before 15 March 2008.


The journal has to rely on articles of high quality to ensure its continued success. All manuscripts have to go through a blind review by two experts. We understand that you are extremely busy; however, if you have any writing that is ready for publication, please give our journal some serious thought.  You can send your article/book review/review essay to any of us by email (please see below). For “Notice to Contributors,” you may visit the Association’s website:


With best regards,

Chan Kwok-bun, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong;

Agnes S. Ku, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong; .

Chu Yin-wah , Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong;


Book Review Editors:

Ruan Danching, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong; .

Wang Cangbai, Centre of Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong; .


Editorial Assistant:

Vivien W.W. Chan, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong;





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Translation of Xie Tao's "Only democratic socialism can save China" & Wen Tiejun:  I've long lost faith in modernization  by Ning Song
1. Only democratic socialism can save China
This article was written as a foreword to the new manuscript by Mao chronicler Xing Ziling (辛子陵/《千秋功罪毛泽东》) and was first posted at our Chinese website ( in December 2006.  The edited version was published at Yan-Huang Historical Review in February 2007. This article is no less important than Yu Keping's "Democracy is a good thing (民主是个好东西)" ) with regard to Chinese theoretical innovations on the issue of democracy in China in recent years (To read Yu Keping's article in English, click here.) Xie Tao argues that China's political reform can't afford any more delay.  He also claims that engaging in only economic reforms whilst preserving Mao-style politics will lead to failure. Only democratic constitutionalism can fundamentally solve the ruling party's corruption problem. While this article has created a storm in China (the website alone achieved more than 20,000 views), it has received very little attention overseas. Hopefully this translation will introduce the author and the article better to English reading communities. To read the English version of the article, please click here. For the original Chinese version and the links to three responses to the article, please click here (谢韬:只有民主社会主义才能救中国).
2. Wen Tiejun: I've long lost faith in modernization 
Wen Tiejun is Dean of School of Agricultural Economies and Rural Development, Renmin University of China. Named "spokesman of farmers", Wen is famous for his arguments on China's agricultural and rural development problems. For his articles on the issues of rural China, please click here (温铁军:市场化改革与小农经济的矛盾) and another interview of him on the topic of economic reform, please click here (温铁军访谈:回望改革).
In this recent interview of Wen by VIP Weekly (人物周刊) on his view of China's rural issues, Wen talked about farmers, countryside and agriculture problems in China. These problems emerged in 1990s and only got worse in the new millennium. Wen considers these issues as caused by an extreme concentration on promoting market economy. Its result is the loss of three key elements: loss of farm lands, withdrawal of agricultural investments and exodus of rural labors in rural areas. The return of these three essential elements to the countryside, he points out, is the key to the success of the new developments in the countryside.
Wen considers farmers as the super-stabilized basic building block in China's history. He says the survival and well-being of farmers depend on their ability to stay within the block. Industrialization breaks this linkage and therefore weakens the whole superstructure by weakening its fundamental building blocks. He claims that any attempts to force China's rural population into industrialization and western-style modernization (privatization, marketization, globalization and liberalization) is doomed to fail. To read this interview in Chinese (温铁军:我早就不认可所谓现代化了), please click here.

Issue 18, January 24, 2008    
China Program, The Carter Center

Yawei Liu, Ph. D.
Director, The China Program, The Carter Center


Call for papers


Overseas Young Chinese Forum 10th Annual meeting

“Globalization and Nationalism across the Taiwan Strait


Globalization and nationalism are the two most important economic and socio-political developments of our times. We would like to examine such forces, and the associated tensions and conflicts, in the context of the cross-Strait relations between mainland China and Taiwan.  Our conference, which will be held on May 24 -26, 2008 in the wake of 2008 Taiwan election and before the Olympics Meet in Beijing, aims to bring students, scholars, officials and other working professionals from Taiwan, mainland China and the US for a constructive conversation over the complex forms, dynamics, consequences and implications of globalization and nationalism in  East Asia, especially as they pertain to the cross-Strait relations between mainland China and Taiwan. The conference is to be held in Palo Alto, California. For information on the meeting organizer, Overseas Young Chinese Forum, please visit

The conference welcomes papers from all the disciplines in social science including (but not limited to) history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, area studies, cultural studies, international relations, geography. We are particularly interested in the works addressing issues of Taiwanese identity, politics, nationalism, cross-Strait relations, the role of world powers, and comparative studies of mainland China and Taiwan. Please submit your proposal (double-spaced, no more than 2 pages), or the completed paper with a 200-300 words abstract, in English or Chinese, and a brief cv to by March 15, 2008.

International Symposium & the 21th ACPS Annual Meeting

China after the 17th CCP Congress”

Missouri State University
Springfield , Missouri
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 2008

We will provide FREE accommodations for three nights and two days for participants.

The Association of Chinese Political Studies will hold an international Symposium in conjunction with its 21st annual meeting at Missouri State University from October 11-12, 2008, with check-in on Friday, October 10th. The conference will be hosted and co-sponsored by the Provost Research Incentive Program and the Political Science Department at Missouri State University .

Conference Theme:

The 17th CCP Congress will be a high point of the 4th generation of CCP leaders. Along with many anticipated personnel changes, the Congress will decide on many new domestic and foreign policy initiatives, codify new sets of ideological and theoretical concepts, prepare for the leadership transition to the post-Hu generation, and lay down the groundwork for possible changes at the 18th Party Congress in 2012.  It is certain that the CCP congress will have a significant impact on China ’s future development.

We invite papers which analyze the significance of the changes made at the 17th Congress and investigate major issues and challenges facing China after the 17th Party Congress, including political, ideological, economic, social, environmental, legal, and foreign policies. Well researched conference papers will have the opportunity: (1) to be published in Journal of Chinese Political Science (JCPS); (2) and/or to be published in edited books flowing from the conference.


All scholars and researchers who are working in the related fields are invited to submit paper proposals for consideration.  Please send proposals no later than February 15, 2008. Paper proposals should include paper title, names of authors, institutional affiliation, title/position, mailing address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and an abstract of 250-300 words – everything in one page.  Paper proposals should be emailed to both Professor Sujian Guo, Program Chair, at and Professor Dennis Hickey, Co-Program Chair, at Due to the influx of a large amount of emails regarding different events, we hope you could kindly put “2008 ACPS annual meeting paper proposal” in the subject line of your emails. International travelers who need letter of invitation for visa application purpose should contact Professor Sujian Guo at  

Acceptance of Paper and Conference Registration:

We will issue notification of acceptance of the paper proposals no later than February 30, 2008. The conference organizers will provide FREE accommodations for three nights and two days for participants. All participants will have to register and pay the registration fees and membership fees for the conference.  Please use the form below for conference pre-registration. The pre-registration form and fees must be received by March 30, 2008 to secure room and board.

Sujian Guo
ACPS President


Position: Director, Confucius Institute
Salary: Unspecified
Institution: San Francisco State University
Location: California
Date posted: 1/28/2008

Director, Confucius Institute

San Francisco State University is seeking a Director for its Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute at SF State promotes teaching and learning of the Chinese language and culture in the US and Northern California. Qualifications: 5+ years in initiating, developing, executing, and evaluating programs in educational and non-profit settings; 5+ years in administration and supervision, including budget development, management, and fundraising; written and oral fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese. A detailed job description and application instructions can be found at:  Screening starts on February 18, 2008.

Zeng Yi, Duke University Durham, NC, USA; Peking University, Beijing, China; Dudley L. Poston, Jr., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Danan Gu, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (Eds.)  Healthy Longevity in China ; Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Psychological Dimensions


China is aging at an extraordinary speed and has the largest quantity of elderly persons in the world. Scholars utilize this unprecedented living experience of human being and the unique Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) datasets with the aim to answer in this volume the following questions critical to the aging population world wide. Is the period of disability compressing or expanding with increasing life expectancy and what factors are associated with these trends in the recent decades? Is it possible to realize morbidity compression with a prolongation of the life span in the future? The first section of the book presents the CLHLS project’s study design, sample distribution, contents of data collected, and assessments of age reporting and data quality. The remaining chapters are grouped into sections dealing with the demographic, social, economic, familial and psychological dimensions of healthy longevity. This volume contributes to the development of scientific knowledge related to the „slowing down“ of the pace of progression of morbidity with mortality declines at older ages. Research findings reported in this book are instrumental in the ultimate realization of the long-term dream of healthy longevity, that is, not only living longer, but living a healthier life.

Contents: Preface: James W. Vaupel. Acknowledgement.- Introduction: Aging and Aged Dependency in China: Dudley L. Poston, Jr. and Zeng Yi.- Part I: CLHLS and Its Data Quality Assessment: Dudley L. Poston, Jr.- Part II: The Effects of Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors: Danan Gu.- Part III: Living Arrangements and Elderly Care: Zeng Yi.- Part IV: Subjective Wellbeing and Disability: Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky.

The research in this book captures the highlight of a decade of effort on CLHLS study and represents an important milestone in our emerging understanding of how individuals can endeavor to live a long, healthy life and how societies can help them do so. We still have only a partial understanding of the determinants of healthy longevity, but we have a considerably better understanding than we had a decade ago. Moreover, we can look forward to prospects for a deeper understanding based in significant measure on the further analysis of data from the ongoing CLHLS endeavor .”

            -- James W. Vaupel, Director of Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

and Professor of Duke University


“The CLHLS casts valuable light on important features of the aging process in the world's largest country. This volume will serve as a basic reference work both for Chinese studies and for comparative analyses.”

-- Samuel Preston, Frederick Warren Professor of  Demography,

University of Pennsylvania


"The CLHLS is a fantastic enterprise which started 10 years ago and which will leave a benchmark of the social, economic, and familial situation of the Chinese elderly at the time when they comprised 7% of the whole population and when China entered a new period of accelerated aging. From now on population aging in China and its social consequences, as well as individual lengthening of life and its health consequences will be carefully assessed in reference to the CLHLS. We dream to have such studies for the other large countries on the point of also experiencing similar demographic changes"

-- Jean-Marie Robine, Research Director at the French National Institute of

    Health and Medical Research and Professor of University of Montpellier

To be available in the market April  2008.  Approx. 350 p. HardcoverISBN: 978-1-4020-6751-8, The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, Volume 20