Institute for Asian Studies & Confucius Institute
"Unrest in China's Countryside:
A Ticking Time Bomb?"
A lecture by Dr. Kevin O' Brien
Alann P. Bedford Chair of Political
Chair, Center for Chinese Studies - UC-Berkeley
The gap between China's booming coastal cities and the countryside has been widening since the 1980s. Social tensions have risen as a result of growing expectations, the new rights villagers have been accorded, and local cadre misconduct. In this talk, Kevin O' Brien will trace the origins and consequences of rural protest in contemporary China. He will focus on how the poor and weak try to "work" the political system to their advantage, and how governments at different levels respond to the many popular challenges they face.
*Co-Sponsors: Depts. of Political Science & International Studies
Free and open to the public
Contact: Dr. Patricia Thornton, Director Institute of Asian Studies