Social Policy, Social Welfare, and Community DevelopmentSocial Theory, China and Global Social Development

yan hai rong2

Associate Professor

PhD (Washington)
MA (UC Berkeley)



3400 3019


Politics of Development
Socialism and Post-socialism
Social Economy
China-Africa Links
Rural-Urban Relations
Agrarian Change in China


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Guided Study II: Research Methodology II (accrued load from 2012-13)
Global China
Transformation of Chinese Society: Revolution and  Reform
Chinese Politics
Theory and Practice of Social Development
Transformation of Chinese Society: Revolution and  Reform


Selected Publications:
Book/Monograph/Journal Special Issue

2016. (Forthcoming in Oct) 严海蓉,沙伯力. 《“中国在非洲”:话语与实践》. 北京:社会科学文献出版社.

2015. Monograph. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. Localists and “Locusts” in Hong Kong: Creating a Yellow-Red Peril Discourse. Maryland Monograph Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, no. 2. 94 pp.

2013. 潘毅,严海蓉,古学斌,顾静华,编辑.《社會經濟在中國》) (Social Economy in China). 北京:社会科学文献出版社.

2013. Special Issue. Ku, Hok Bun and Yan Hairong, eds. Special Issue on Social Economy in China, Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies.

2012. Monograph. Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong. The Chinese are the Worst? : Human Rights and Labor Practices in Zambian Mining. Maryland Series in Contemporary Asian Studies (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law), no. 210. 100 pp.

2008. Book. Yan Hairong. New Masters, New Servants: Migration, Development, and Women Workers in China. Durham: Duke University Press. 314pp.

2007. Special Issue. Yan Hairong, Daniel F. Vukovich, eds. What’s Left of Asia, special issue, positions 15(2). This special issue is a collection of nine essays. 238pp.

2006. Monograph. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. East Mountain Tiger, West Mountain Tiger: China, Africa, the West and “Colonialism”, Maryland Monograph Series in Contemporary Asian Studies (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law), no. 186. 77pp.


Articles in Refereed Journals & Books

2016. 严海蓉、Barry Sautman. “非洲中资企业的劳工和种族化叙述”. 《开放时代》4: 44-66.

2016. Yan Hairong, Chen Yiyuan. “Land reform in Zimbabwe, class dynamics and delayed Bandung: an interview with Sam Moyo.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 17(1):128-139.

2016. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “The Discourse of Racialization and Labor in Chinese Enterprises in Africa.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1139156

2016. Yan Hairong, Chen Yiyuan and Ku Hok Bun. “China’s Soybean Crisis: The Logic of Modernization and Its Discontents.” The Journal of Peasant Studies 43(2): 373-395.

2015. 严海蓉. “中国农业的发展道路专题导言.”《开放时代》5:12-17.

2015. 严海蓉、陈义媛. “中国农业资本化的特征和方向:自下而上和自上而下的资本化动力.”《开放时代》5:49-70.

2015. Yan Hairong, Chen Yiyuan. “Agrarian Capitalization without Capitalism?: Capitalist Dynamics from Above and Below in China.” Journal of Agrarian Change 15(3): 366-391.

2015. 严海蓉、陈航英. “农村合作社运动和第三条道路:争论与反思.” 《开放时代》2:180-200.

2014. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “Bashing the Chinese: Contextualizing Zambia’s Collum Coal Mine Shooting.” Journal of Contemporary China 23: 1073-1092.

2013. Yan Hairong, Chen Yiyuan. “Debating Rural Cooperative Movements in China, the Past and the Present.” Journal of Peasant Studies 40 (6): 955-981.

2013. Yan Hairong, Barry Sautman. “‘The Beginning of a World Empire’?: Contesting the Discourse of Chinese Copper Mining in Zambia.”Modern China 39(2):131-164.

2012. Yan Hairong, Barry Sautman.“Chasing Ghosts: Rumors and Representations of the Export of Chinese Prisoners to Developing Countries.” China Quarterly 210 (June): 398-418.

2012. Yan Hairong. "What If Your Client/Employer Treats Her Dog Better Than She Treats You?": Market Militarism and Market Humanism in Postsocialist Beijing.” In Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, National and the New Economy, eds. Ann Anagnost, Andrea Arai, and Hai Ren, pp. 150-173. Stanford University Press.

2012. Yan Hairong. “Gender, Migration and Rural-Urban Relations in Postsocialist China.” In Migration in the Twenty-First Century: Political Economy and Ethnography, eds. Pauline Gardiner Barber and Winnie Lem, pp. 196-214. Routledge.

2011. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “The ‘Right Dissident’: Liu Xiaobo and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.” positions: east asia cultures critique 19(2): 581-613.

2010. Yan Hairong. “‘知識分子負擔’與家務勞動:勞心與勞力,性別與階級之一.”《開放時代》6:103-120.

2010. Yan Hairong. “階級的言說和改造:勞心與勞力、性別與階級之二.” 《開放時代》6:121-139.

2010. Yan Hairong, Barry Sautman. “Chinese Farms in Zambia: From Socialist to ‘Agro-Imperialist’ Engagement?” African and Asian Studies 9: 307-333.

2009. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “African Perspectives on China-Africa Links.” China Quarterly 199 (September):729-760.

2008. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “The Forest for the Trees: Trade, Investment, and the China-in-Africa Discourse.” Pacific Affairs 81(1):9-29.

2007. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “Friends and Interests: China’s Distinctive Links with Africa.” African Studies Review 50(3): 75-114. [reprinted in 2008 China’s New Role in Africa and the South: A Search for a New Perspective, eds. Dorothy-Grace Guerrero and Firoze Manji, pp. 87-133. Cape Town and Oxford: Fahamu.

2007. Yan Hairong, Daniel F. Vukovich. “What’s Left of Asia?” positions 15(2): 211-224.

2007. Yan Hairong. “A Position without Identity.” positions 15(2): 429-448.

2006. Yan Hairong. “Self-Development of Migrant Women and the Production of Suzhi (Quality) as Surplus Value,” in Materializing Modernity, eds. Yue Dong and Joshua Goldstein, 227-259. University of Washington Press.

2006. Yan Hairong. "Refusing Success, Refusing ‘Voice’: the Other Story of Accumulation" in Narratives of the Chinese Economic Reforms: Individual Pathways from Plan to Market, edited by Dorothy J. Solinger, 5-21. Edwin Mellen Press.

2006. Yan Hairong. “Rurality and Labor Process Autonomy: The Question of Subsumption in the Waged Labor of Domestic Service.” Cultural Dynamics 18(1):5-31. Reprinted in Working in China: Ethnograhies of Labor and Workplace Transformation, ed. Ching Kwan Lee, 145-165. London: Routledge, 2007.

2003. Yan Hairong. “Neo-Liberal Governmentality and Neo-Humanism: Organizing Value Flow Through Labor Recruitment Agencies.” Cultural Anthropology 18(4):493-523.

2003. Yan Hairong. “Spectralization of the Rural: Reinterpreting the Labor Mobility of Rural Young Women in Post-Mao China.” American Ethnologist 30(4):578-596.

2002. Yan Hairong. “現代化的幻影:生産和消費的雙人舞” [A Mirage of Modernity: pas de deux of Consumption and Production]. 《臺灣社會研究季刊》48: 95-134. Collected in 《臺社移民/工讀本:Unquiet Migration 骚动流移》, ed. Hsiao-Chuan Hsia, pp. 357-390, 臺社出版社,2009。

2000. Yan Hairong. "Review Article: The Tibet Question and the Conundrums of Modernization." Asian Ethnicity 1(2):156-164.

1997. Yan Hairong. "On Three Major Dichotomies." Dialectical Anthropology 22 (1):51-78.

1995. Yan Hairong. "The Concept of `Face' in Chinese Proverbs and Phrases." Proverbium 12:357-373.


Articles Published in non-Peer Reviewed Journals or Conference Proceedings

2016. 沙伯力、严海蓉. “中国企业在非洲:问题、策略与出路”,《文化纵横》,第2期, pp. 46-55.

2016. 严海蓉、沙伯力. “‘中国在非洲’:话语与现实,” 《区域》,第1辑,pp. 324-347. 

2015. 严海蓉. “一个集体经济的胚胎.”《老区建设》,第4期,39-41页。

2014. 严海蓉, 胡靖, 陈义媛,陈航英. “在香港观察中国的粮食安全.” 《21世纪》,第6期,48-51页。

2014. 严海蓉. “大豆產業危局與保衛食物主權.”《经济导刊》,第12期,76-81页。

2013. Yan Hairong, Barry Sautman.“關於中國的修辭法?:對中國向發展中國家輸送囚勞的謠言分析。”《中國非洲研究評論2012》,北京:社科文獻出版社。

2011. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “Gilded Outside, Shoddy Within: The Human Rights Watch report on Chinese copper mining in Zambia”, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 52 No 1, December 26.

2010. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong.“非洲人對中非關係的認知。”《西亞非洲》8:69-72; 11:51-59.

2010. Yan Hairong. “小農挑戰全球資本主義:評人民糧食主權論壇.” 《中國非營利評論》第5卷, 227-236。

2010. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “Demonizing China: Pundits get its Role in Africa Wrong.” YaleGlobal, February 10.

2010. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “‘中国在非洲’:全球体系的困境.” 《中國經濟》1:58-69。

2009. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. "Trade, Investment, Power and the China-in-Africa Discourse." The Asia-Pacific Journal, 52-3-09, December 28, 2009. (http://japanfocus.org/-Barry-Sautman/3278) Also re-published in ZNet, December 30, 2009, http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/23499 and Pambazuka News: Pan-Africa Voices for Freedom and Justice, January 7, 2010, http://pambazuka.org/en/category/africa_china/61253

2008. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “Fu Manchu in Africa: The Distorted Portrayal of China’s Presence in Africa.” South Africa Labor Bulletin 31(5): 34-38.

2007. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “友誼與利益:中非關係的獨特性。”《西亞非洲研究》(West Asia & Africa) 第4期,頁 55-61.

2007. Yan Hairong. “不帶身份認同的立足點:斯皮瓦克、嚴海蓉訪談”, 《國外理論動態研究》第2期,頁29-33;第3期,頁42-46.

2006. Barry Sautman, Yan Hairong. “Honor and Shame? China’s Africa Ties in Comparative Context” in The New Sinosphere: China in Africa, eds. Leni Wild and David Mepham, 54-61. London: Institute for Public Policy Research.

2006. Yan Hairong. “美國勞工運動中的病症--評《出賣團結》” (Analyzing the ‘American Disease’ in the U.S. Labor Movement--a Review of Solidarity for Sale).《讀書》, no. 11 (November). 頁87-98.

2005. Yan Hairong. “新自由主義與新人本主義:從招工網絡看素質和價值的流動”《中國研究》(China Studies)第2期,頁155-178. [收錄于臺灣《文化研究月報》73期,2007年10月http://hermes.hrc.ntu.edu.tw/csa/journal/73/journal_park734.htm]

2005. Yan Hairong. “素質論、文明教化、以及種族主義” (Suzhi, Civilizing Mission, and Race as a Metaphor). 《批判連帶:2005年亞洲華人文化論壇》(Critical Nexus: The 2005 Cultural Forum for Chinese in Asia), 陳光興編, 頁203-210. 臺北:台社.  

2005. Yan Hairong. “虛空的農村,空虛的主体” [Depleted Countryside, Distressed Subjects], 《讀書》 [Readings] 7: 74-83.

2001. Yan Hairong. “素質,自我發展,和階級的幽靈” [“Suzhi,” Self-Development, and the Spectre of Class]. 《讀書》 3:18-26; 收錄于《中國社會文化人類學/民族學百年文選》,潘蛟主編,下卷,頁323-333. 北京:知識財產權出版社,2008年。


Book Reviews

2008. “Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture. By Lisa Rofel.” The Journal of Asian Studies, 67(2):694-695.

2008. “Review of Selecting and Reconstructing Cultural Traditions in Rural Tibet.” Asian Ethnicity 9(1): 73-75.