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SPEAKER: Dorothy Solinger, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine (bio)
DISCUSSANT: Xian Huang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University (bio)
MODERATOR: Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia School of Social Work (bio)
In addressing the timely issue of China’s urban poor policy Dr. Solinger will pose the question: why are the poor in Chinese cities managed so much more meagerly, in relative terms, than other groups? Using statistical material, comparative information and quotations from interviews, she will make the case that it is the state’s obsession with forging stability that has had a negative impact on China’s municipally-situated needy. Chinese cities must now conform to the political elite’s vision of modernity, to what Dr. Solinger sees as its illusions of rejuvenation, regeneration, and renovation. She bases her claim on an appraisal of the state’s Minimum Livelihood Guarantee (Dibao).
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