Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. His books include China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010) and Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (2020). He is a cofounder of “The China Beat,” which strives to bridge the gap between academic and journalistic discussions of the PRC. 

July 2009, Volume 20, Issue 3

China Since Tiananmen: Middle-Class Mobilization

Read the full essay here. Some of the many China stories to attract attention recently have involved NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) protests by largely middle class crowds gathering to demand a greater say in urban development plans. This article argues that such protests a) are a significant addition to the already complex landscape of…