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Yan Yunxiang

University of California, Los Angeles

Yan Yunxiang is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Unpacking and understanding the moral experiences of ordinary people in the fast-changing world today constitutes the abiding theme in his anthropological career over the last 20-plus years, and his research interests include family and kinship, economic anthropology, social change and development, cultural globalization, and the individual-society relationship. He is a participant in the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues Research Group on Culture and the Common Good.

  • Author of The Flow of Gifts: Reciprocity and Social Networks in a Chinese Village (Stanford University Press, 1996); Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 (Stanford University Press, 2003); and The Individualization of Chinese Society (Berg, 2009). ​
  • Awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010.