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Wives, husbands, and lovers. Marriage and sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China

Deborah S. Davis and Sara L. Friedman (eds.), 2014, Wives, husbands, and lovers. Marriage and sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China, Stanford University Press. 340 p.

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What is the state of intimate romantic relationships and marriage in urban China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan? Since the 1980’s, the character of intimate life in these urban settings has changed dramatically. While many speculate about the 21st century as Asia’s century, this book turns to the more intimate territory of sexuality and marriage—and observes the unprecedented changes in the law and popular expectations for romantic bonds and the creation of new families.

Wives, Husbands, and Lovers examines how sexual relationships and marriage are perceived and practiced under new developments within each urban location, including the establishment of no fault divorce laws, lower rates of childbearing within marriage, and the increased tolerance for non-marital and non-heterosexual intimate relationships. The authors also chronicle what happens when states remove themselves from direct involvement in some features of marriage but not others. Tracing how the marital “rules of the game” have changed substantially across the region, this book challenges long-standing assumptions that marriage is the universally preferred status for all men and women, that extramarital sexuality is incompatible with marriage, or that marriage necessarily unites a man and a woman. This book illustrates the wide range of potential futures for marriage, sexuality, and family across these societies.

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou

418533_coverAspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou by Bracken can be found at the OAPEN Library, an online resource for freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bracken, G. (2012). Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


China’s rise is one of the transformative events of our time. Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou examines some of the aspects of China’s massive wave of urbanization – the largest the world has ever seen. The various papers in the book, written by academics from different disciplines,represent ongoing research and exploration and give a useful snapshot in a rapidly developing discourse. Their point of departure is the city – Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou – where the downside of China’s miraculous economic growth is most painfully apparent. And it is concern for the citizens of these cities that unifies the papers in a book whose authors seek to understand what life is like for the people who call them home.

OAPEN Library also provides a list of alternative platforms to acquire the book. For more information, click here.

Aurélia Martin

Chargée de communications et des médias pour l'UMR Chine Corée Japon (CNRS)

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Part-Time Research Assistant, China Press

The CEFC invites applications for the following position:

Part-Time Research Assistant, China Press
Location: Hong Kong
Type of position: P/T
Start date: 22 July 2013

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), based in Hong Kong, seeks a well-organized, energetic research assistant (P/T) to coordinate its monitoring and analysis of the Chinese-language press.

Candidates should be interested in working in a friendly, high-paced, collaborative trilingual (English, Chinese, French), academic environment, and have a strong academic interest in contemporary China (e.g. politics, economics, international relations, etc.) and/or PRC and Hong Kong press.

Job Description

The Research Assistant will work closely with the CEFC researchers and associate researchers to contribute to the CEFC’s research and publication activities, including:

  • Supporting research work on a wide range of thematic issues covered by the Centre (politics, economics, society, culture) through monitoring mainland and Hong Kong newspapers, Websites, journals, and other sources;
  • Maintaining and developing the Centre’s thematically-organized digital press archive, and small library (this includes some administrative tasks such as keeping track of subscriptions, book orders, etc.);
  • Producing in-depth news analysis notes and presenting them at the Centre’s fortnightly or monthly press meetings, preparing issue briefs on selected topics and other research assistance as needed for individual projects;
  • The Research Assistant is strongly encouraged to take initiative in submitting issue briefs or other research work to China Perspectives, and to participate in the CEFC’s research activities. S/he will have the opportunity to attend the Centre’s events, which may include lectures, workshops, and international academic conferences.


  • The candidate should hold an master’s degree in a relevant field (journalism, political science, economics, international relations, or another academic field), and have conducted research on China; Doctoral candidates are welcomed;
  • Excellent proficiency with mainland China media and academic material, including on-line research; experience in mainland China and good knowledge of Chinese politics would be a plus;
  • The candidate must be fluent in English and Mandarin, with familiarity of both traditional and simplified characters; and excellent writing skills in both languages. Good computer skills are essential. Knowledge of, or interest in, French, is a plus, but not required.


Salary commensurate with experience. The CEFC offers flexible hours and an attractive vacation policy. The CEFC’s resources will be available to the Research Assistant for his/her own research activities, outside of his/her working time.


Apply immediately. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two reference contacts to Ms Heipo Leung cefc@cefc.com.hk . The subject of the email should be “Application: Research Assistant”.

The CEFC is part of a network of research institutions established around the world with funding from the French Foreign Ministry and the CNRS (French Centre for scientific research). It functions both as an independent academic institution hosting individual research projects, and as a think tank devoted to analyzing current developments in contemporary China. It publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal in two languages, China Perspectives and Perspectives chinoises.

Aurélia Martin

Chargée de communications et des médias pour l'UMR Chine Corée Japon (CNRS)

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Call for applications: CEFC short-term mobility grant

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) is offering three fieldwork grants for doctoral students, ranging from one to three months, to be carried out between June 2013 and December 2013 in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. The grant comprises a monthly stipend of 1200 € as well as a round-trip air ticket between Europe and China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, within the limit of 1000 €.

Applicants shall satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a doctoral program in a French or European university (located in a member-state of the European Union or of the European Higher Education Area), in the field of humanities and social sciences.
  • Their research project must be situated within the scope of the CEFC’s mandate, which is to study political, economic, social and cultural developments in Greater China.

Within the framework of this grant, beneficiaries accept to:

  • Submit to the CEFC a short report on their fieldwork, which may be included for example in the annual activity report of the Centre.
  • Present their research, at the end of their fieldwork, to the CEFC research team during a seminar in Hong Kong, Taipei or Beijing.

Applications can be submitted in French or English and must contain the following:

  • A detailed resume
  • A research project explaining the fieldwork to be undertaken under the grant and explaining how it will contribute to the applicant’s doctoral project
  • A recommendation letter from the PhD supervisor

Selection will be made according to the following criteria, which should be addressed by applicants in their research project mentioned above:

  • Aims of the research and contribution to the dissertation project (please include the working title of the dissertation)
  • Methodology, sources, type of fieldwork (where and how will the fieldwork be carried out?)
  • Time frame (please specify for how long the grant is requested)
  • Results of the research (planned publications, etc.)
  • Strength of the applicant’s cooperation with French research networks (for applicants in other European universities)
  • Relevance to the research programs currently hosted in the CEFC

Complete applications must be submitted in a single PDF file (max: 10 pages, 1.5 line spacing), addressed to the Director of the CEFC, by email to Alfred Aroquiame (aaroquiame@cefc.com.hk) with the subject line “Fieldwork Grant 2013” on or before 10 May 2013.

The recommendation letter should be sent directly by the PhD supervisor by email to Alfred Aroquiame (aaroquiame@cefc.com.hk) or by ordinary mail (in this case it must reach the CEFC by 15 May 2013), to:
Sebastian Veg, CEFC, 20/F Wanchai Central Bldg., 89 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, HK.

Selected applicants will be informed in early June 2013.

Contact information: Tel. (852) 2876 6914 or 6910 – email aaroquiame@cefc.com.hk

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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IOF Call – Research mobility based in the CEFC (Hong Kong)

The CEFC, based in Hong Kong, is a multidisciplinary social science research centre dedicated to the study of contemporary China. It offers to host researchers working on contemporary China in the area of social sciences and who want to submit a proposal within the frame of this call.

The CEFC publishes the internationally ranked journal China Perspectives every quarter, in English and French.

How to apply

Interested researchers are invited to submit a CV and a 1 or 2-page outline of their research project, which specifies a working title and the “return host organization” (this is the organization which will ultimately submit the application), no later than 15 May 2013, by email only to: aaroquiame@cefc.com.hk

Internal selection criteria:

  • excellence of the applicant and the research project
  • strength of the applicant’s cooperation with the CEFC and/or other institutions in Hong Kong and in China
  • relevance to the research programs currently hosted in the CEFC

Applicants will be informed of the internal selection results by 15 June 2013.

For more information, please see the CEFC website:www.cefc.com.hk


The International Outgoing Fellowships funded by the FP7

The European Commission published a call for projects “Marie Curie – International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development” (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF), as part of its People Program (FP7) on 14 March 2013.

Deadline: 14 August 2013 at 17.00.00, Brussels local time


“This action aims to reinforce the international dimension of the career of European researchers by giving them the opportunity to be trained and acquire new knowledge in a high-level organization active in research, established in an Other Third Country (Outgoing phase). Subsequently, these researchers will return with the acquired knowledge and experience to an organisation in a Member State or Associated Country”.

Type of project funded

This action provides financial support to an individual mobility project presented by an experienced researcher in liaison with a host organisation in the Member States or Associated Countries. Experienced researchers applying to this action need to develop a coherent research training project for the total duration of the contract that will enable the experienced researcher to progress in the development of his/her career.

– For more information, visit the page of the call for projects on the European Commission website, or download it here with all documents relating to this call http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/call_FP7?callIdentifier=FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF&specificProgram=PEOPLE – wlp_call_FP7


Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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