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The Chinese Families


课程概述 / About This Course


Being one of the key social units, the family has changed significantly over time around the globe. While Confucian ethics governed traditional Chinese families for a long time, Chinese families today are also shaped by state policies, modernization, and globalization process. This course aims to introduce you to family values and practices around parenting, marriage, reproduction, and intergenerational care in Chinese societies, especially in modern times. It also contextualizes family values and practices and their transitions within broader demographic, social, and cultural changes in both Chinese and global settings. By engaging with cultural artifacts or scholarly work on Chinese families, and reflecting on your own experiences, observations, and beliefs about Chinese families, you will develop a nuanced way of understanding and analyzing family-related issues in the Chinese and global contexts.

教师 / Faculty

李萱 Xuan Li


李教授的研究关注父亲在儿童发展和家庭生活中的角色、亲子互动和亲子关系,以及当代中国儿童青少年的社会情绪性发展,也涉及人类发展、家庭研究及性别研究等学科关心的一般议题。李教授著有关于中国家庭及亲子关系的书章及学术期刊文章数篇,正在写作专题著作《中国父职研究:理想、参与、互动与影响》(Chinese Fatherhood: Ideals, Involvement, Interactions, and Influences)。

李教授曾获浦江人才计划(2017-2019)以及跨文化协会John&Beatrice Whiting优秀学生纪念奖。她是儿童发展研究协会和国际跨文化心理学协会等学术组织的成员,并曾于2012 年至 2015 年担任国际人际接受与拒绝学会学生咨询委员会成员。她也曾为多个国际学术期刊和会议担任审稿人,如: International Journal of Psychology; Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Family Psychology; and Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Conference.

Xuan Li is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai. She is also an affiliated member of the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai and the Department of Applied Psychology at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a research associate at the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut) in Munich, Germany.

Li ’s research focuses on fatherhood, parent-child interactions and relationships, and children and adolescents’ socioemotional development in contemporary Chinese societies. She is also interested in general issues pertaining to human development, family research, and gender studies. Her scholarly work has appeared in leading journals such as Child Development Perspectives, Child Development, Psychology of Men and Masculinities, and Journal of Family Theory and Review, as well as in edited volumes on fatherhood and gender studies. Her public writing or media interviews have appeared in English- and Chinese-language outlets such as BBC, South China Morning Post, Sixth Tone, The Conversation, The Paper, The Beijing News Book Review, Jiemian, and Vistopia.

Li was awarded several external grants such as Pujiang Talent grant (2017-2019) from Shanghai Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs and the Humanities and Social Sciences General Grant of the Chinese Ministry of Education (2019-2022). She is a recipient of the John & Beatrice Whiting Memorial Award for Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies, Society for Cross-Cultural Research (2012). She is affiliated with professional bodies such as the Society for Research on Child Development, International Society on the Study of Behavioral Development, and the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

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