Dr. Yunxiang Yan, Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, discusses “Changing Moral Values in Contemporary China” in April 2014 at Davidson College campus. This forum is hosted by the Vann Center for Ethics, and cosponsored by the departments of Chinese Studies and History.
Due to technical difficulties we pick up after the presentation overview and the 1978 introduction; however those slides are included for your information.
Born in Beijing, Dr. Yan spent 12 years living in two villages in north China during the Cultural Revolution. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature and a master's degree in Folklore Studies from Peking University, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. His research interests at UCLA include peasant culture, family and kinship, social exchange, cultural construction of the person, social change and development, and cultural globalization. His numerous publications include The Flow of Gifts: Reciprocity and Social Networks in a Chinese Village (Stanford, 1996), Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 (Stanford, 2003), and The Individualization of Chinese Society (Oxford, 2009). Professor Yan regularly leads the UCLA Summer Travel Study program on Globalization in Shanghai.