Dr. YAN Hai-rong 嚴海蓉博士

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.