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  • 21 Feb 2021 11:23 PM | Anonymous

    In this fieldwork report, Harvard sociology PhD candidate Fangsheng Zhu explains how his turn away from China's education policy led to interesting encounters with schools for migrant children, tutoring agencies, and reformist schools in China. 

  • 21 Feb 2021 11:10 PM | Anonymous

    University of Chicago history PhD candidate Spencer Stewart explains how he stumbled upon archives about Lumian No. 1 (鲁棉一号), an important variety developed by Chinese cotton scientists in 1961-76, during his fieldwork investigation of cotton science and rural reform in war-time China.

  • 21 Feb 2021 11:03 PM | Anonymous

    University of Southern California sociology PhD candidate Shang Liu shares stories about three NGO workers in China during his 2019 fieldwork in China.

  • 21 Feb 2021 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    University of Maryland political science PhD candidate Jiun-Da Liu shares his 2019 fieldwork observations about the development of "green bond" market in China, its role in environmental financing and climate change governance, and the question of coal.

  • 22 Jun 2020 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    A 2018 OYCF-Chow fellow, Di Wang is a Phd candidate in the department of sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this fieldwork report (in Chinese), she explores the complexities of gender and sexuality by relating stories of gay and lesbian couples in China.

  • 22 Jun 2020 8:06 PM | Anonymous

    A 2018 OYCF-Chow fellow, Kevin Luo is a PhD candidate in the department of history at University of Toronto. In this fieldwork report (in Chinese), he explores the role of land reforms in the state-building processes in mainland China and Taiwan. 

  • 22 Jun 2020 7:57 PM | Anonymous

    A 2018 OYCF-Chow fellow, Peter Hick is a PhD student in the History Department at Stanford University. He describes his field trip to Guangdong's Siyi 四邑 region where he tried to track down family genealogies and other local archives that could shed light on the experiences of ordinary people at the end of the Qing dynasty.

  • 22 Jun 2020 7:06 PM | Anonymous

    A 2018 OYCF-Chow Fellow, Jiling Duan is a PhD student in the department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She filed this fieldwork report (in Chinese) after completing her fieldwork in China.

  • 01 May 2020 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) is pleased to award the 2020 OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China to the following four recipients:

    Yuan Gao is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Georgetown University. Her research project focuses on the history of cotton in Xinjiang during the Qing Empire. It compares the history of cotton cultivation in Russian Central Asia (Uzbekistan), and China's Xinjiang region, to explore various shared and different practices of Russian and Qing empires in response to global changes, the clashes between imperial and local practices in frontier zones, and the exchanges of knowledge and material goods across borders.

    Chuncheng Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His research project aims to examine the design and implementation of the Chinese social credit system with multiple methods. Building the theoretical framework from science and technology studies, he is particularly interested in the politics of quantification in these processes.

    Tiantian Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His research project explores the uneven social impact of the Chinese state’s ambitious project of agricultural modernization. By situating rural land commodification in the context of China’s overall capitalist transformation, it looks at how different dynamics of rural-to-urban labor migration have shaped the development of large-scale commercial farms across regions.

    Jiangjiang Wu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research project studies the role of emerging elite retirement homes in producing shifting notions and practices of aging in urban China. It examines how various actors, such as the elderly, their families, the institutional staff, and the state, bring together overlapping and competing rationalities that constitute a novel form of elder care which is also a privileged way of living.

  • 17 Jan 2020 11:18 PM | Anonymous

    The Overseas Young Chinese Forum is pleased to announce that the 2020 OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship is open to application from graduate students in humanities, social science and policy studies.

    Since 2018, the Overseas Young Chinese Forum has provided several fellowships each year to support field research in China. The fellowship is funded by the contributions of OYCF members and the generous donation by distinguished Princeton University professor emeritus Gregory C. Chow and his wife Paula K. Chow.

    For deadline, eligibility and other requirements, please click the link above.  You may also view the research page for information on past recipients and their projects.

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    Anyone who is above 18 and who has lived in both China and overseas for one year or more is eligible for membership in the OYCF. Endorsement or reference from a current member is generally required.

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