RAMxJICBOOKS Readers Salon: the Rebirth of City
May 18, 2018 Friday 19:00 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
“You are identified by your origin, birth place, education and social connections. These factors largely determine who you are interacting with and in what ways, and also your social status.” Is a big city an inclusive cluster, or an exclusive snob where residents are ranked in accordance with the so-called “despising chains”? The vitality that promotes sustainable and healthy city growth comes, with no doubt, from the interactions of diversified co-existing cultures, as we are able to gain a better understanding of ourselves only when we are fully connected despite our differences in identities and behavioral disciplines. In additon to the problems he has observed in big cities and his long-term thoughts on the future of China’s economy, Prof. Lu Ming depicts in his book Great State Needs Bigger City many intriguing stories he has witnessed in big cities, such as career choices of his post-80-generation friends, confusions of taxi drivers, Taiwanese doing business in Shanghai… These stories in people’s everyday life may help find approaches and strategies of understanding and addressing complicated problems in big cities and big states, as well as practical codes of conduct representing benefitial values.
Prof. Lu Ming, invited by RAM jointly with JIC BOOKS and Shanghai Horizon Media, will elaborate under the theme of “Rebirth of Cities” on the definition of city to explore the ideal relation between man and city, and what a truly livable city is like that takes into account the life of its residents.
Lu Ming is a Distinguished Professor and Ph.D. supervisor at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also serves as an adjunct professor/researcher at Fudan University, Peking University – Lincoln Institute Center, Hitotsubashi University and other higher education institutions. Prof. Lu previously provided consulting services for international joint research programs launched by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Prof. Lu is specialized in the research of Labor Economics, urbanization and regional development, and Social Economics. He has been promoting popular social economic knowledge among the general public with his easy-to-understand bestseller Great State Needs Bigger City published in 2016, and the audio program “Urban Development and Individual Life” available on Qingting.FM.
Free admission, reservation is required.