Book Chapter — From Beijing to Binghamton and Back: A Personal Reflection on the Trajectory of Chinese Intellectuals — by Lu Aiguo

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Abstract

Lu Aiguo shares her experience as a Chinese scholar and intellectual and how it relates to her experience moving back and forth between Beijing and Binghamton to study in the graduate program. Echoing what Arrighi, Hopkins, and Wallerstein (1989) have argued about antisystemic movements often becoming, upon seizing power, a part of the status quo in the postrevolutionary period and thereby resistant to further social change, Aiguo also argues that, in her view, movements that build their agenda on negative rejections of a system in hopes of a better future have lesser chances of success and survival than those relying on more patient and positive building of alternative social and organizational realities that empower people in the here and now.

Recommended Citation

Aiguo, Lu. 2017. “From Beijing to Binghamton and Back: A Personal Reflection on the Trajectory of Chinese Intellectuals.” Pp. 105-114 in Mentoring, Methods, and Movements: Colloquium in Honor of Terence K. Hopkins by His Former Students and the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations. Edited by Immanuel Wallerstein and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi. Twentieth Anniversary Second Edition. Belmont, MA: Ahead Publishing House (imprint: Okcir Pres).

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