Based on her fieldwork on elderly urban Shanghai seniors conducted last year, Jeanne described how senior spouses dealt with caregiving for their spouses with dementia or other chronic illnesses. This talk is part of a conference addressing healthcare for 4 billion people in Asia, part of the annual Shanghai Forum held at Fudan University.
I’ve had one full day in Shanghai, and can claim jet-lag recovery maybe for one more day. I’m watching my favorite CCTV station right now (CCTV 5), which is the sports channel. As expected, the Heat-Pacers game 1 was on. It’s tied in overtime right now.
While the NBA is popular in China, having basketball games aired during working hours must constrain viewing. Not something I can look into now, given that my task here is to find a new fieldsite for aquaculture research, and not sports.
I did meet with two students yesterday, and have an appointment later this afternoon to keep. In the meanwhile, back to Miami.
Update 11:52 pm- Lebron broke hearts in Indiana with a time-expiring lay-up.
Jane Goodall, anthropologist extraordinaire, started a program in Tanzania in 1991 educating youths “environmental issues and humanitarian values with a special focus on group interaction” called Roots and Shoots. Starting with those 16 students, she built this organization into a global network with 8,000 groups in 100 countries; in China, there are offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanchang, and Chengdu.
Our Mission: To foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for animals, the environment, and the human community. We believe that change is already taking place!
from Elliot deBruyn
In my class on Science, Policy, and Society, I always include a section on science fiction – not only because I am a closet Treker and scifi addict, but also because I contend that science fiction is the theology of the contemporary world and that science fiction provides the narratives of the wider public discourse of science. As a teacher in a liberal arts college, I of course have not had the time to write the definitive essay on this, but think of the terms that we use to debate science. Biotechnology and GM food activists talk about “Frankenfoods” (such as AquaBounty’s salmon that is being evaluted for human consumption by the FDA).
I’ve written a piece on Chinese science fiction, and recently others have reflected on the impact of Chinese science fiction (also see io9’s commentary). The March 2013 issue of Science Fiction Studies is a special issue on Chinese science fiction. The Los Angeles Review of Books features an interview with Chinese science fiction author Fei Dao. Fei says:
So at that time science fiction was a very serious thing to do in China that could allow ordinary people to get closer to modern scientific knowledge, and serve as a tool for transforming traditional culture into modern culture. It played a very important role, and had a serious mission to accomplish. Today, there is a commercial publishing market for sci fi, and people don’t have such weighty expectations of literature, yet authors are still discussing serious topics.
I would further assert that sci-fi authors worldwide, from space operas to steampunk, are working on serious topics – obviously, some more deeply and successfully than others. Science fiction as the mythology of the contemporary world (argued by James McGrath) offers possibilities of the future that are shaped by the visions of today. It also does so in a way that is accessible to a wider audience. For example, here’s a relevant koan: why is there no chaplain about the USS Enterprise? Or maybe why is there a character like Guinan (played by Whoopi Goldberg) instead of a chaplain?
In class, we watched the Carl Sagan movie Contact, and read articles by McGrath, Harriet Whitehead, and articles from Star Trek and Sacred Ground: Explorations of Star Trek, Religion and American Culture.
Thanks Lincoln for the LA Review of Books article.
I love the simple things in life, like cheesesteaks in Philly, New York pizza, and all kinds of street food in Shanghai. While I’ve written about various everyday eats such as jianbing or shengjian bao, cultural sociologist Tricia Wang sees street food from the vendors perspective in her research.
In a recent article on a day in the life of a street vendor, Tricia Wang documents what life is like for the many rural migrants who end up in the big city, trying to grab their share of China’s growing prosperity.
I’ve been living with Li Jie and her family for a few days. She is one of the 200-300 million rural people who have made their way to cities in the hope… I don’t know how to finish that sentence. Usually newspapers finish it with “in the hope of a better life” or “in the hope of securing a job.” Maybe I can finish it by the time I tell you about a day in Li Jie’s life.
There’s a lot more to learn about what life is like for the millions of migrants that are ever present in China’s big cities, and Wang does a great job of painting their lives, from their difficult living conditions to the stress they endure in trying to make good on the family’s investment on their street stall. One of the members of this family is a college graduate, the first from his village to go to a top tier university. Despite his degree, however, he doesn’t feel that he has the necessary connections to land a good job in Shanghai, and so has turned to selling dumplings to start his career.