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China Today: From Confucianism, Socialism to Consumerism


Professor Lei Ping, Moderator

Why is it important to learn about China in the age of globalization? How to view its rapid development from Confucianism, socialism to the world’s 2nd largest economy? How to understand a country and civilization that is often times understudied and misrepresented in the West? This Seminar will examine today’s China through the lens of visuality, sociality, temporality and spatiality. Participants will be introduced to a series of culturally and intellectually intriguing topics such as Chinese avant-garde art, food culture, consumerism, Chinese global cities, fashion, social classes, education, and entrepreneurship. Video will be used.

Session 1 A Brief History: Demystifying the World’s 2nd Largest Economy
Session 2 New Urban Landscape: From “Made in China” to “Cities of Skyscrapers”
Session 3 “Pacified by Consumerism”: Controversies of the Emerging Chinese Middle Class & Nouveau Riche
Session 4 The Artistry of Chinese Food Culture: DaDong and Peking Duck
Session 5 Family, Education and Entrepreneurship: Confucianism Redefined
Session 6 Chinese Avant-Garde and Nostalgia of the Past

MONDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
MAR 5, 19
APR 2, 16, 30
MAY 14

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
*tax deductible portion is $237.50

Lei Ping

LEI PING – Assistant Professor of China Studies at The New School and Faculty Advisor at India China Institute. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from New York University. Prof. Ping was recently honored as a Research Fellow at India China Institute. She has taught courses on contemporary Chinese history, cinema, political economy, art, fashion, food and East Asian pop culture in media at The New School. Her research focuses on contemporary Chinese cities and cultural politics, urbanization and economic development, as well as middle class and consumption in China and India.

Her writing has been published in academic and art journals such as Journal of Asian Studies and Ciel Variable. Her forthcoming book is titled as Figures of Capital in Post-1949 Shanghai.