Date 2012-05-09
Time 12:30 - 14:00
Tel 2948-8944
Venue Room B3-P-03, Tai Po Campus


The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) of The Hong Kong Institute of Education presents you a seminar on Chinese Citizens’ Understanding of Citizenship by Mr. Sicong CHEN, Academic Visitor of CGC, on 9th May 2012 (Wednesday), 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Room 03, Podium, Block B3 (Room B3-P-03), The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Tai Po Campus), 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po.

Amid of the revived discussion over citizenship in contemporary China, the need of citizenship education has recently gained official attention. If citizenship education is to be promoted in China, what gongmin, the Chinese term of citizen or citizenship, means to ordinary citizens is an important factor to be taken into account. To examine Chinese citizens’ understanding of citizenship, Mr. Chen investigates university students’ and factory workers’ perceptions of gongmin with reference to both Western conceptions of citizenship and Chinese citizenship-related values. Questionnaire and in-depth interviews are employed in the investigation. In this seminar, Mr. Chen will discuss the investigation as well as the preliminary results in detail.
Sicong CHEN is a doctoral student of the Lifelong Education Division, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Japan, under the supervision of Professor Yasumasa Hirasawa. His doctoral project examines the meaning of gongmin (citizen or citizenship) in contemporary Chinese society. He received his Bachelor degree in Chinese Han Language and Literature from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and his Master degree (under the supervision of Professor Ian Davies) with distinction in Citizenship and Global Education from the University of York, UK. He used to be an editor in a publishing house in Guangzhou.
For details please refer to the poster attached. For enquiries, please contact Miss Peggy TANG at 2948-8944 or by email at  .