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  • 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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  • 20 Jul 2019 11:56 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 OYCF Annual Meeting successfully concluded on July 7, 2019.  Interspersed with public talks by three distinguished experts on women in China, three startup “social organizations” from China presented their work to the OYCFers in attendance.  These organizations are chosen from a competitive pool of applicants to present their work in the U.S.  They have distinguished themselves for working to promote women’s power and gender equality in China today. The annual meeting culminated in the presentation of social innovation awards to the three organizations and fellowship awards to the graduate students.

    Click here for Chinese news coverage of the annual meeting, and here and here for English coverage by two local women's organizations in San Diego. 

  • 02 Jul 2019 2:23 AM | Anonymous

    After a careful review of dozens of high-quality applications, an OYCF  committee selected the following three organizations from China to attend the 2019 OYCF Social Innovation Contest at the OYCF annual meeting on July 7 in San Diego. Congratulations to these innovative organizations seeking to bring about positive social change in China. 

    For more information on these organizations, please read the website's profile page:

    • 同城青少年资源中心中学性别平等教育

    • 西桃女性领导力-西桃共学社区

    • 酉心生提升男性参与,促进性别平等

  • 21 Apr 2019 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) is pleased to award the 2019 OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China to the following five individuals:

    Jiun-Da Lin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. His research project examines the development of a green bond market in China that certifies projects as environmentally sustainable. It aims to explain Chinese green bond issuers’ compliance to global standards by the interaction between domestic regulators and firms’ networks.

    Shang Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. His research project compares daily interactions within different types of Chinese NGOs with differing relations to the Chinese state and western societies, exploring the complexities and variations of the state-society boundary construction within the everyday work of the civic sector in China.

    Spencer Stewart is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. His research project is a history of cotton science and economic development in China during the Second World War. It analyzes how a shifting political economy of science during the war shaped the trajectory of the postwar Chinese cotton industry and contributed to its rise as a leader in the global cotton economy today.

    Yingyi Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. Her research project seeks to understand how projects by gender equality NGOs and LGBT rights NGOs aimed at empowering the marginalized become sites of negotiation and contestation in contemporary China. It critically positions NGOs and NGO workers at the conjunction of state policies, market orientations and transnational flows of capital and ideas.

    Fangsheng Zhu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. His research project investigates how parents get educational resources for children in the Greater Beijing area, compares how different parents engage the formal and informal rules in getting education, and traces the rules’ historical formation.

  • 27 May 2018 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    2018 OYCF Annual Meeting successfully concluded on Saturday, May 26, at Morgan Run Golf & Resort in San Diego, California. Over 80 participants, including senior China scholars, students, professionals, and community members from the U.S., Canada and China participated in the discussion at the annual meeting. 

    2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's opening up and economic reform.  Participants heard from three distinguished speakers about the genesis and early history of the reform from economists Gregory Chow (Princeton) and China historian Julian Gewirtz (Harvard). 

    In the afternoon session, Scott Rozelle (Stanford) gave a sobering assessment of the future of reform in a speech  entitled "China’s Invisible Crisis: How a Growing Rural-Urban Divide could Sink the World’s Second Largest Economy." 

    The Annual Meeting also recognized four recipients of the OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China.  The four recipients are all Phd students from various humanities and social science fields.  They are Jiling Duan (Indiana University), Peter Hicks (Stanford University), Kevin Luo (University of Toronto) and Di Wang (University of Wisconsin). Gregory and Paula Chow presented the fellowship awards to the recipients.

    Finally, OYCF held its third "social innovation contest" in the afternoon. OYCF invited three non-profit organizations from China to present their work at the annual meeting. After an extended Q&A period and discussions among the meeting attendees, OYCF awarded the 2018 Award of Excellence to Clover, a students-run program providing peer counseling and companionship to migrant children attending schools in the cities.  Two additional Awards of Merit were presented to ProSigner, an organization promoting the welfare of the deaf population in China, and to Zero Waste Villages, an initiative to deal with the rampant solid waste problems in rural China. 

    OYCF members also heard from the Forum's current president, Professor Sida Liu (Toronto), about the state of OYCF.

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