Anthony Saich Lecture: Chinese Village, Global Market

August 19, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

This talk by Harvard University Professor Anthony Saich tells the story of one village, Yantian, and its remarkable economic and social transformation. The village sits in the Pearl River Delta, the engine of China's emergence as the hub of global manufacturing and production. The village's success relied on the creation of new economic collectives, the ability to leverage networks, migrant labor, and its proximity to Hong Kong to transform forever the formerly sleepy rural area. The talk will discuss how the outcomes are shaped by a number of factors such as path dependence, social structures, economic resources and local entrepreneurship. It will also outline the challenges ahead for Yantian.

6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

Address: No. 26, 1 F, Core Plaza, No.1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing, China (北京市海淀区中关村西区善缘街1号立方庭1层底商26号)


Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Public Policy Program, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia. MORE