The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury held a CI FOCUS lecture on ‘A Chinese Village’
On 5 May local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury held the first forum for this year of its regular Confucius Institute Forum of Cultural Understanding Series (CI FOCUS) which aims to improve understanding of China by working through a series academic lectures. The topic for this session was Rural Development and Urbanization in China after WTO: Stories from a Village which was delivered by Dr Zhifang Song from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Canterbury.
Dr Song exhibited the outcome of his field study in a tiny Chinese village. He showed the audience photographs which showed the transformation of a village after China have joined the WTO. Great improvements have been made to the infrastructure of the village and many changes have happened in the villagers’ lives.
This lecture is different from other lectures in that Dr Song didn’t speak about big cities which are familiar to New Zealanders but focused on Chinese farmers and villagers which are not discussed as often. After the lecture, members of the audience asked Dr Song questions about the Chinese village after the talk.