China: Cities After Socialism Conference

This conference, a Brown University Year of China event, was supported by the Grace Yue '88 and John So '87 China Urban Studies Fund and the Dean of the Faculty and has been organized by S4 and the Urban Studies Program. For more information, please visit

Co-sponsors: David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University; Urban China Research Network, University at Albany; University College of London; and Hong Kong University Strategic Research Theme on Contemporary China Studies.

China's decisive shift from a centrally planned economy four decades ago has greatly affected urban life. Housing – previously in short supply but treated as a welfare good – has been largely privatized. Economic growth in old and new cities has been fueled by a labor force recruited from the countryside, a majority of people now live in urban areas, and cities have sprawled far beyond their previous borders. New divisions have been created by class inequality and official discrimination against rural migrants. This conference brought together many of the leading scholars on China's urban transformation to examine key aspects of these changes, to anticipate future changes, and to assess the challenges these pose for urban research.


    10:30 a.m.: Welcome and opening, John Logan and Vernon Henderson (Brown University)
    10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: "Chinese urban dilemmas in international perspective." Presenter Vernon Henderson (Brown University), discussant Youqin Huang (University at Albany)
    11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: "Local attachment in China's changing urban neighborhoods." Presenter Fulong Wu (University College of London), discussant Si-ming Li (Hong Kong Baptist University)
    12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch break
    1:15 p.m.-2 p.m.: "Educational access in urban China." Presenter Emily Hannum (University of Pennsylvania), discussant Yanjie Bian (University of Minnesota)
    2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: "Incorporation of domestic and international migrants in Guangzhou." Presenter Min Zhou (UCLA), discussant Kaizhi Liu (Hong Kong University)
    2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: Coffee break
    3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: "Planning and managing the new Chinese city." Presenter Jieming Zhu (National University of Singapore), discussant Weiping Wu (Tufts University)
    3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.: "New directions in urban China research." General discussion led by Lawrence Ma (retired) and John Logan (Brown University)


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