The 1990 Institute Presents

2018 Teachers Workshop

Changing Lives in Modern China


Date/Time:     Friday-Saturday  July 27-28, 2018             8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place:   San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE),
101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City,  California
Workshop Goal: Enable middle and high school teachers to include modern China in their curriculum.


Explore how the different classes/groups of Chinese citizens’ lives have changed from the end of the Cultural Revolution to today.  Besides presentations by academics and journalists,  we bring in individuals to tell their personal stories on how their lives have changed during this period.




Clayton Dube, Moderator

Executive Director of University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute


Topic:  Update on U..S. China Relations


Scott Rozelle

Co-director of the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) at Stanford University.


Topic:  Rural Education, Health and Nutrition


Rob Schmitz

 Shanghai Correspondent for NPR and author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road.


Topic:  Neighbors

Janet Yang Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China.

Topic:  Film and Media


Richard Madsen

Sociology professor at U.C. San Diego. Author, or co-author, of twelve books on Chinese culture, American culture, and international relations.


Topic:  Religious Revival in China


Tobias Smith

Researcher specializing in the development of criminal law in China.

Topic:  Legal Reform in China

Mei Zhang Founder of WildChina, which has been cited by National Geographic as one of the world’s BEST Adventure Travel Companies.

Topic:  The Impact of Experience Economy on Rural China