New summer course: The Chinese Dream
The Chinese Dream - Anthropological Approaches to Unerstanding Contemporary China
President Xi Jinping’s slogan ‘the Chinese dream’ seems to evoke its American equivalent. Continued economic growth and upward social mobility are key to his vision but it is also used to refer to many other issues. This course sheds light on the relationship between state rhetoric and actual social practice as it explores the quandaries, hopes and desires of Chinese citizens, including the mismatch between dreams and the sometimes daunting race for success amidst limited possibilities.