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Confucius Institute Hosts “Housing Policy Development in China during the Reform Era” Lecture

On March 30th, 2018, the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah (CIUU) coordinated with the Asia Center and the Department of Sociology to host a lecture on “Housing Policy Development in China during the Reform Era.” The lecture was attended by 20 teachers and students from Department of Sociology.

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Professor Ma


The speaker, Xiulian Ma, is an Associate Professor from the Chinese Academy of Governance. Currently, Professor Ma is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Utah and her research areas include urban & housing studies and NGOs.

Since the Reform Era began in 1979, China’s housing system has gradually transformed through re-commodification, moving from state provision under a planned economy to a market-based residual welfare system. This shift has also brought about a new set of (un)satisfied housing demands, housing stratification and housing poverty in China. Professor Ma briefly introduced the Urbanization of China and explained the soaring housing prices in China in the last 10 years.  She compared the housing price with the income of the residents in those ten years and explained that annual housing prices have increased faster than the average income. Finally, she predicted that as a result of Chinese government control over the housing price, the soaring housing price will stabilize in the future.

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Professor Ma speaks to the audience


CIUU is committed to supporting Chinese language education and China-related studies at the University of Utah, as well as throughout the Utah community. Each year, CIUU cooperates with relevant departments at the University to host lectures on China-related topics to promote the understanding of Chinese culture.


You can find the original Chinese version of this article here.

Last Updated: 4/20/18