Migrant workers are the foot soldiers of China’s economic juggernaut. A panel of experts from non-governmental organizations and academia will discuss the spectrum of social challenges facing China’s migrant workers: from educating children to women’s issues to securing coveted residential permits. Panelists will contrast living conditions between older migrant workers and the current generation, and describe legal remedies available to this community.
DATE: Sept 29, 2010
VENUE: Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast | 26A Xiao Yun Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100125
REGISTRATION: Please register at email@example.com.
ENTRANCE: free to members, 50 RMB on the door to non-members
Chen Xin is director of the Youth and Social Issues Studies Department of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has 16 years of academic experience in rural development and migrant workers’ issues.
Dr. Huang Jianbo is an associate professor at the Renmin University Instititue of Anthropology. He is a PhD of Cultural Anthropology and has done post doctorate fellowships at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Baylor University, as well as being a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and other academic institutions. Dr. Huang’s major interests of research include theories and methods of anthropology, Han people studies, anthropology of religion, China’s Christianity, China’s folk religions, and social marginal group studies.
Li Tao in 2003 founded Facilitator NGO, which in the past 7 years has been providing various support and education to migrant workers and their children in Beijing and southern China. He is a former journalist.
Shen Yajing (Akina) is director of development at the nonprofit Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC). She is from western China and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the College of Development and Humanities in Beijing. Akina worked with both the China Federation of Poverty Alleviation and China Salvation Army before joining CMC.
Zhang Huimin is CMC’s director of programs. In 2007, Huimin earned her M.Sc. in development studies from the Asian Institute of Technology, under a Ford Foundation scholarship, and currently is a M.A. candidate in Development and Gender for Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in the UK.