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Changing Family Dynamics in Urban China

Saturday, June 11, 2022

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

June 10, 2022 | Friday
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm Eastern Standard Time
June 11, 2022 | Saturday
8:30 am - 9:45 am China Standard Time

Participation Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Professors Deborah Davis and Suowei Xiao, sociologists who study contemporary Chinese urban family dynamics, will discuss their work as featured in Chinese Families Upside Down: Intergenerational Dynamics and Neo-Familism in Early 21st Century (Yunxiang Yan, ed.). Their talk will focus on parental involvement in urban marriages and intergenerational cooperation and conflicts in childrearing among urban families. An audience Q&A session will follow. Registered participants will receive an electronic copy of their chapters in Chinese Families Upside Down.


The Speakers


Deborah Davis
Professor Emerita of Sociology, Yale University

Deborah Davis is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Yale University where she served as Director of Academic Programs at Yale Center for Study of Globalization, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Co-Chair, Women Faculty Forum. Her primary teaching interests include inequality and stratification, contemporary Chinese society, and methods of fieldwork. She previously served six terms as a Trustee of the Yale-China Association and chaired the Advisory Board of the Universities’ Service Center Library at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently she is on the editorial boards of The China Quarterly, The China Review, and the Chinese Sociological Review.



Suowei Xiao
Associate Professor of Sociology, Beijing Normal University

Suowei Xiao is Associate Professor of Sociology at Beijing Normal University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in Chinese literature at Peking University. She is the author of Desire and Dignity: Class, Gender, and Intimacy in Transitional China (2018) and a number of articles on gender, intergenerational relations, family change, and class formation.


Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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