Cornell University

Edge of Capital: Chinese Garment Production in South Africa

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

Liang Xu is Assistant Professor in the School of International Studies at Peking University (beginning November 2017). He has a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, with a focus on modern African history, as well as a doctorate in International Relations from Peking University. His previous dissertation examined the Japan-South African relations in the post-apartheid era. His history dissertation, “On the Edge of Capitalism: African Local States, Chinese Family Firms, and the Transformation of Industrial Labor,” explores the history of labor-intensive industrialization in South Africa’s former decentralized areas, with a particular focus on Chinese garment factories and Zulu women workers. His research has been funded by Harvard University grants, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the Government of Ghana, the Japan Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the South African Millennium Trust.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Africana Studies and Research Center, Institute for African Development, Global Cornell


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Evangeline Ray

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Liang Xu

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Harvard University

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