Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature (with a specialty in Literary Translation) from Beijing Foreign Studies University (1993) and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (2000). His research focuses on social movements, new media, and civil society.
The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online. Columbia University Press, 2009.
Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China. (edited with Ching Kwan Lee). Washington D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press, 2007.
Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (Wenxin diaolong), written by Liu Xie (c. A.D., 465-521) and translated into English by Yang Guobin with an Introduction and Annotations. 2 vols. Beijing: Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, 2003.
Refereed Journal Articles
“Media, Civil Society, and the Rise of a Green Public Sphere in China.” (with Craig Calhoun). China Information. Vol. 21, No.2 (2007):211-236.
“How Do Chinese Civic Associations Respond to the Internet: Findings from a Survey.” The China Quarterly No. 189 (2007), pp. 122-143.
"Activists beyond Virtual Borders: Internet–Mediated Networks and Informational Politics in China." First Monday Vol. 11, No. 9 (September 2006)
“Days of Old Are Not Puffs of Smoke: Three Hypotheses on Collective Memories of the Cultural Revolution.” The China Review Vol, 5, No. 2 (2005): 13-41.
“Introduction: Gilded-Age Memories of the Cultural Revolution.” (with Ming-Bao Yue). The China Review Vol. 5, No.2 (2005): 1-12.
“Environmental NGOs and Institutional Dynamics in China.” The China Quarterly (March 2005), No. 181, pp. 46-66.
"China's Zhiqing Generation: Nostalgia, Identity and Cultural Resistance in the 1990s." Modern China Vol.29, No.3 (July 2003), pp. 267-296.
"The co-evolution of the Internet and Civil Society in China." Asian Survey Vol. 43, No. 3, (May/June 2003), pp.405-422.
"The Internet and the Rise of a Transnational Chinese Cultural Sphere." Media, Culture & Society Vol. 25, No.4 (2003), pp. 469-490.
"The Internet and Civil Society in China: A Preliminary Assessment." Journal of Contemporary China. Volume 12, Number 36 (August 2003), pp.453 - 475.
“Political Commemorations as Symbolic Resources of Collective Action: Protest Mobilization in Eastern Europe and China in 1989." (with Steven Pfaff) Theory and Society No. 30(2001), pp. 539-589.
“The Liminal Effects of Social Movements: Red Guards and the Transformation of Identity.” Sociological Forum Vol 15, No.2 (2000), pp. 379-406.
“Achieving Emotions in Collective Action: Emotional Processes and Movement Mobilization in the 1989 Chinese Student Movement.” The Sociological Quarterly Vol. 41, No. 4 (2000), pp. 593-614.
"Historical Imagination in the Study of Chinese Digital Civil Society." In Xiaoling Zhang and Yongnian Zheng eds. China's Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Social Changes and State Responses (Routledge, 2009), pp. 17-33.
“Contention in Cyberspace.” In Kevin O’Brien (ed.) Popular Protest in China. (Harvard University Press, 2008), pp. 126-143.
“Introduction: Memory, Power, and Culture.” (with Ching Kwan Lee). In Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang (eds). Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China. Woodrow Wilson Press and Stanford University Press, 2007), pp. 1-20.
"'A Portrait of Martyr Jiang Qing': The Chinese Cultural Revolution on the Internet." In Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang (eds). Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (Woodrow Wilson Press and Stanford University Press, 2007), pp. 287-316.
“Emotions and Movements,” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. George Ritzer (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), vol. 3, pp. 1389-1392.
“Emotional Events and the Transformation of Collective Action: The Chinese Student Movement.” Pp. 79-98 in Helena Flam and Debra King (eds.), Emotions and Social Movements. London: Routledge, 2005.
Works in Progress
China's Red Guard Generation: Loyalty, Dissent, and Nostalgia, 1966-2008. Columbia University Press (Under Contract).
In the News
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies professor quoted in Investor's Business Daily.
Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures professor contributes to The New York Times' "Room for Debate" forum.
The New York Times published an op-ed by Prof. Guobin Yang on "China's Gradual Revolution."
Xiaobo Lu, political science, and Guobin Yang, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, provide a preview of "China Online: Politics, Activism and the Internet"
Barnard Sociology Professor Guobin Yang has spent the past decade studying how Chinese citizens have harnessed social networking and the Internet as tools for civic activism. His latest book, The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online, published in 2009 by Columbia University Press, documents the rise of this phenomenon, drawing on Yang's 10 years of experience monitoring online bulletin boards, conducting case studies and surveys, and collecting personal narratives of those whose lives have been transformed by the Web.