The Gilded Cage: Technology, Development, and Capitalism with Dr. Ya-Wen Lei

Thursday, April 6, 2023
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Is China's extraordinary transformation comparable to America's Gilded Age as claimed by some? Ya-Wen Lei argues no. Lei explores the transformation of people's lives, for better or worse, by China's techno-development regime. China has been shaped by the relationship between its authoritarian state and tech companies and an ideology that fuses nationalism with modernism, technology, and meritocracy. Lei concludes that China has instead created a Gilded Cage of rising inequality and new forms of social exclusion.

Dr. Ya-Wen Lei is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, where she is also affiliated faculty at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs



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