Professor of East Asian Studies Hong Zhang and five students won an ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Research award of $29,846 to conduct fieldwork research in China this summer. With projects around the topic “Tradition, Transition, and Modernity: Reconfiguration of Public Spaces in a Globalizing China,” Zhang and students Robert Ferriter ’08, Thomas Huff ’08, Stella Kim ’08, Keane Ng ’08, and Jessie Tang ’08 will spend a month working in four Chinese cities.

Specific projects are: “Re-Invention of History and Making the Fantasy Reality: An Observation on China’s Historical Sites and New Theme Parks and Museums” (Ferriter); “Out With the Old and Up With the New: China’s Construction Boom and Its Effect on Traditional Residential Sites” (Huff); “China in Transition: Powering from a Nation of Bikes to a Nation of Cars,” (Kim); “Local Consumption and Global Taste: The Cultural Politics of Western Fast Food in China,” (Ng); and “Consumerism, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Luxury Goods in Urban China” (Tang).