Decoding Common Prosperity: Can Xi End China’s Gilded Age?
Please join the Asian Studies Program for a talk by Yuen Yuen Ang titled “Can Xi End China’s Gilded Age?” Dr. Ang will speak about her book China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption (2020), linking her insights to her recent commentary on Xi’s call for “common prosperity.” Attendees can read her Diplomat articles “The Robber Barons of Beijing” and “Decoding Xi Jinping” before the talk. If you need PDFs of these articles, please email email@example.com. The event will be moderated by Dr. Evan Medeiros.
Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. In 2021, she was named by Apolitical as one of the Most Influential Academics in Government. She is also the inaugural recipient of the Theda Skocpol Prize for Emerging Scholar, awarded by the American Political Science Association for “impactful empirical, theoretical and/or methodological contributions to the study of comparative politics.” Ang is the author of the award-winning How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016) and China’s Gilded Age (2020). Most recently, she was profiled in Freakonomics Radio (NPR).
Evan Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow with the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues. Medeiros has in-depth experience in U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific from his time on the National Security Council as director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, and then as special assistant to the president and senior director for Asia under President Barack Obama.