Intersections of Political Identity between China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan
When and Where
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UC Berkeley Law School
215 Boalt Hall
Strait Talk Berkeley (海峽尋新柏克萊論壇／海峡寻新伯克利论坛) cordially invites Young China Watchers to a panel event with UC Berkeley Professor Noam Yuchtman, UC Berkeley Professor Thomas Gold and visiting researcher Yuting Chen, who will share their findings on political identity across China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan based on statistical and survey-based analysis, personal experience and economic research.
Co-sponsored by Young China Watchers
Noam Yuchtman is an Assistant Professor at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a PhD in economics at Harvard University, where he studied labor economics and economic history. His research on “Greater China” has examined historical and contemporary educational institutions, the ability of school curricula to shape students’ political attitudes, and the drivers of participation in Hong Kong’s democracy movement and Umbrella Revolution.
Thomas B. Gold is Professor of Sociology at the University of California. Since 2000 he has also served as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), a consortium of 14 American universities which administers an advanced Chinese language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. At Berkeley he has also served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies, Founding Director of the Berkeley China Initiative, and Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies.
Professor Gold’s research focuses on many aspects of the societies of East Asia, primarily Mainland China and Taiwan. In the largest sense, he examines the process of the emergence of the increasingly empowered and autonomous individual and a private sphere in societies which have combined traditional and modern forms of authoritarian rule. He explores this from many angles: youth and the life course; personal relations (guanxi, social capital), private business and entrepreneurship, popular culture, non-governmental organizations, and civil society.
Professor Gold is a strong advocate of public sociology and has served on the boards of many civic organizations. He currently sits on the boards of The National Committee on U.S.- China Relations, the Asia Society of Northern California, and the editorial boards of many scholarly journals. He is also an adviser to Strait Talk.
Yuting Chen is currently pursuing her PhD at National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan and is a visiting student researcher at UC Berkeley through the Taiwan Ministry of Education’s Top University Strategic Alliance (TUSA) program. Her research focuses on Japanese strategy for South China Sea disputes, the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and the increase in trade agreements between Japan and Taiwan since 2011.