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A conversation with Ching Kwan Lee, professor in the UCLA Department of Sociology

Professor Ching Kwan Lee explores the making of 'global China' as an economic, cultural, and political phenomenon in this conversation with Jenny Goldstein (assistant professor of global development at Cornell) and Eli Friedman (associate professor and chair of international & comparative labor at Cornell).

Ching Kwan Lee is a Professor of Sociology at UCLA and author of three award-winning monographs on China: Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (1998); Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (2007); and The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa (2017). Her most recent co-edited volumes include Take Back Our Future: an Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Cornell University Press, 2019); and The Social Question in the 21st Century: A Global View (University of California Press, 2019).


  • Jenny Goldstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University and a core faculty member of Cornell's Southeast Asian Studies Program. She works across the areas of political ecology, critical development studies, and human geography. She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume The Nature of Data: Infrastructures, Environments, Politics (Nebraska, 2022).
  • Eli Friedman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative and International Labor at Cornell University. He is the author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China (Cornell 2014); and The Urbanization of People: The Politics of Development, Labor Markets, and Schooling in the Chinese City (Columbia, forthcoming Spring 2022).

The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development supports theoretical and applied social science research. We fund projects and working groups that address issues ranging from economic inequality to discursive politics, contributing to Cornell’s leadership in global development. 

Date & Time

March 3, 2022
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

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Ching Kwan Lee


Department of Global Development

Polson Institute for Global Development

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