Lee-Campbell group members Chen Liang, Hao Dong, Yunzhu Ren and James Lee published an article 江山代有才人出——中国教育精英的来源与转变 (Social Transformation and Elite Education: Changes in the Social and Geographic Origins of China’s Educated Elites 1865-2014) in the May 2017 issue of 《社会学研究》 (the Chinese-language journal Sociological Studies). Using data from the China Government Employee Database-Qing (CGED-Q) and the China University Student Dataset – Republic of China and Peoples Republic of China (CUSD-ROC and CUSD-PRC) they contrast the profound changes in social and geographic origins of China’s educated elite in four distinct periods: 1865-1905, 1906-1952, 1953-2003, and 2004-2014. They conclude that these fundamental transformations reflect the ability of the Chinese system of educational testing to legitimate new elites in different eras with different recruitment criteria, rather than merely to reproduce the intergenerational transmission of existing elites, as is the case of elite education in many other parts of the world.
The English and Chinese language abstract as well as a PDF of the paper (in Chinese) are available for download here:
Xi Song and Cameron Campbell’s review article of multi-generational microdata for social science research published in the Annual Review of Sociology is now available as a preview, with publication scheduled for this summer:
This comprehensive review introduces the major sources of multi-generational, longitudinal data that can be analyzed in the study of demographic and stratification processes. The emphasis is on data that are already available publicly, or by application. The review also surveys major research questions in the study of multi-generational processes, and the methods used for analyzing these data.
Qu Huamin (HKUST Computer Science) and collaborators have been using the China Multigenerational Panel Dataset-Liaoning to test and showcase visualization tools they have been developing for multidimensional genealogical data. Multidimensional refers to the fact that the genealogical data not only identify ancestors and kin, but describe additional characteristics. They recently published a paper describing these tools and the results of applying them to CMGPD in the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7909028/. While developing their tools and testing them with the CMGPD, they have consulted frequently with members of the Lee-Campbell Group not only about the data, but the needs of likely users. This collaboration between historians, social scientists, and computer scientists is an example of the sort of cross-disciplinary interaction and engagement that is common at HKUST.
The tools that Professor Qu and his collaborators are developing allow for the visualization of these characteristics, highlighting ancestors or kin with specified traits, while at the same time organizing the presentation as a traditional family tree. This allows for visualization of patterns within families, for example, whether certain outcomes are more apparent in specific family branches, or whether lineage experienced changes in specific time periods.
Li Ji’s book God’s Little Daughter’s has now been published in paperback by University of Washington Press. Congratulations Li Ji! For more information about the book, please see its page at the University of Washington Press website.
Here is a picture of the paperback on display at the publisher’s stand at the 2017 Association for Asian Studies in Toronto:
Shuang Chen’s book State-Sponsored Inequality: The Banner System and Social Stratification in Northeast China, published by Stanford University Press, was on display for the first time at the publisher’s stand at the 2017 Association for Asian Studies meeting in Toronto. To learn more about the book, please see the publisher’s website.
Here is a picture of the book at the stand:
Hao Dong and James Lee, along with their co-authors Satomi Kurosu, Matteo Manfredini, and Wenshan Yang, published their article “Kin and birth order effects on male child mortality: three East Asian populations, 1716–1945” in the March 2017 issue of Evolution and Human Biology. Using data from several historical East Asian populations, including Taiwan, the CMGPD-LN dataset for northeast China, and Japan, they examine how family context and birth order shape mortality chances in these specific populations and discuss the implications for our understanding of human behavior overall.
The paper is available via Open Access: http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(16)30067-8/fulltext
Beginning in late 2014, with support from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, we have been constructing a database of Qing officialdom based on the quarterly editions of the 缙绅录. We recently published an article in 清史研究 introducing this project and presenting some preliminary results. We show that during the Qing there were three entry ways to the Road to Success: political appointment largely of bannermen, examination qualifications, and purchased offices. A PDF of the Chinese-language paper is available along with English and Chinese language abstracts.
Here’s the full reference:
任玉雪 (Yuxue REN), 陈必佳 (Bijia CHEN), 郝小雯 (Xiaowen Hao), 康文林 (Cameron Campbell), 李中清 (James Z. Lee). 2016. “清代缙绅录量化数据库与官僚群体研究 清史研究 (The Qing Jinshenlu Database: A New Source for the Study of Qing Officials)” 清史研究 (Qing History Research). 2016年11月第四期:61-77.