Andrew B. Kipinis Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China University of Chicago Press, 2011
Parents in China greatly value higher education for their children, but the intensity and effects of their desire to achieve this goal have largely gone unexamined―until now. Governing Educational Desire explores the cultural, political, and economic origins of Chinese desire for a college education as well as its vast consequences, which include household and national economic priorities, birthrates, ethnic relations, and patterns of governance.
Where does this desire come from? Andrew B. Kipnis approaches this question in four different ways. First, he investigates the role of local context by focusing on family and community dynamics in one Chinese county, Zouping. Then, he widens his scope to examine the provincial and national governmental policies that affect educational desire. Next, he explores how contemporary governing practices were shaped by the Confucian examination system, uncovering the historical forces at work in the present. Finally, he looks for the universal in the local, considering the ways aspects of educational desire in Zouping spread throughout China and beyond. In doing so, Kipnis provides not only an illuminating analysis of education in China but also a thought-provoking reflection on what educational desire can tell us about the relationship between culture and government.
Yi-Chieh Jessica Lin Fake Stuff: China and the Rise of Counterfeit Goods Routledge, 2011
Yi-Chieh Lin reveals how the entrepreneurial energy of emerging markets, such as China, includes the opportunity to profit from fake stuff, that is counterfeit goods that rely on our fascination with brand names. Students will discover how the names and logos embroidered and printed on their own clothes carry their own price tag above and beyond the use value of the products themselves. The book provides a wonderful introduction for students to global markets and their role in determining how they function.
Yi-Chieh Jessica Lin holds a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor of General Education at the National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan. She has published short stories and essays in various Chinese newspapers since 1994. She worked as a television reporter for China Television Company in the past and produced documentaries on post-earthquake reconstructions.