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SOAS China Institute

Doing Intimacy: A Multi-sited Ethnography of Modern Chinese Family Life

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Doing Intimacy will take a closer, fresher, critical look at the Chinese family dynamics as they are lived.

It will examine intergenerational relations as well as gender and sexual relations in the family. Through a multi-sited ethnography in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, this study will compare practices of intimacy and examine whether or how they are by-products of particular sociocultural configurations.

The Deputy Director of the SOAS China Institute (SCI), Dr Jieyu Liu, has received a grant of almost €1.5 million to lead research of Chinese families in East Asia. This project takes place over 5 years and is due to complete in September 2020.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 640488).