Bin Xu F'17
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017
Unequal Memories: Class and Memories of China’s “Educated Youth” Generation
This project examines collective memory of China’s “educated youth” (zhiqing) generation in order to address memory of a “difficult past.” I argue that class and related factors, such as life course, symbolic capital, and habitus, are central to both their generational collective memory represented in cultural objects and practices, and their individual memories in personal narratives. I analyze various data collected in fieldwork trips to China from 2013-2017, including more than 100 in-depth interviews, participant observations of commemorative activities, visits to memorials, exhibits, literary works, memoirs, and archives. This study makes contributions to memory studies by bringing back in a less studied but significant factor: social class.