Social movement; online activism and Internet studies; social memory; voluntary associations; contemporary Chinese society
Guobin Yang has published on a wide range of social issues in China, including the internet and civil society, environmental NGOs, the 1989 student movement, the Red Guard Movement, and collective memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. His books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009), which won best book award, Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association, 2010, Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (edited with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007), China’s Red Guard Generation: Loyalty, Dissent, and Nostalgia, 1966-1999 (under contract, Columbia University Press), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 volumes. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003).
Professor Yang is a member of the editorial boards of The China Quarterly, Public Culture, and the International Convention for Asian Studies Publications Series of the Amsterdam University Press. In fall 2010, he is a scholar-in-residence in the Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture & Communication of the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Yang received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Writing and Research Grant” (2003), was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (2003-2004), and taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2000-2005).
He has a Ph. D. in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University (1993) and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (2000).