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Research Group: Culture and Society

The past two decades have seen an explosion of happiness research around challenges to human flourishing posed by fast-paced social change in a globalizing world.

First convened in spring 2019 by Becky Hsu of Georgetown University in collaboration with Teresa Kuan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the research group brings together American and Chinese scholars across disciplines to explore how citizens in both societies are pursuing and experiencing happiness, with a focus on changing family structure and intergenerational dynamics.


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Teresa Kuan

Chinese University of Hong Kong



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China, Unseen: Solving Problems in the New Era

Many discussions about “China” are really about the Chinese Communist Party, but governments and the people are not exactly the same thing. Fewer conversations are about what Chinese people are doing and the ways that they go about solving the new challenges of this era. Five authors are writing a…


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