Former Tan Lark Sye Visiting Professors


Prof Yan Yunxiang (Period of Visit: Aug – Sep 2016)


Professor  Yunxiang YAN
Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Period of Visit: 15 August 2016 - 16 September 2016
About Professor Yunxiang YAN
Yunxiang Yan, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. in Chinese Literature from Peking University in 1982 and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 1993. He is the author of The Flow of Gifts: Reciprocity and Social Networks in a Chinese Village (Stanford University Press, 1996), Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 (Stanford University Press, 2003), and The Individualization of Chinese Society (Berg Publishers, 2009). His research interests include family and kinship, social change, the individual and individualization, and the impact of cultural globalization. Among other projects, he is currently writing a book on individualization and moral changes in post-Mao China.

Media Report: 
Public Lecture 1 (Mandarin)
​Moral Transformation in Contemporary China
​Professor Liu Hong
Chair, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU
20 Aug 2016 (Saturday), 3 pm to 4.30 pm
SPH News Centre
1000 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318994
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​Since the 1980s, Chinese society has been undergoing a moral transformation with far-reaching implications and significances.  The present study aims to provide a systematic account of the changing moral landscape that includes immorality, new morality and contested morality. 
Public Lecture 2 (English)
​The Rise of Neo-Familism in Contemporary China
Chairperson ​Professor Alan Chan Kam Leung
Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, NTU
​Time ​26 Aug 2016 (Friday), 3 pm to 4.30 pm
​Nanyang Technological University HSS Auditorium
School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Basement 1(HSS-B1-14)
14 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637332
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​Abstract ​The present study unpacks the complex connections among the new patterns of intergenerational relations, the redefinition of filial piety and the rise of neo-familism in contemporary Chinese society.  Remarkable developments include the return of parental authority, the increasing importance of the parents-children axis in family relations, a surge of intergenerational intimacy, a renewed primacy of the family in public life, and a trend to “descending familism” in which the focal point of resource allocation, emotional attachment, and life aspirations in the family has shifted from glorifying the ancestors to raising the perfect child. Consequently, the family institution has been further privatized, the individual tends to retrieve from the public back to the private sphere, and yet the process of individualization has taken a collectivist twist as the family has risen again to be the ultimate force that gives meaning to one’s life.
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