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On the occasion of delivering a speech at the ‘International Conference: Chinese Path to Modernization and Pursuit of Humanity’s Common Values’ at Xiamen University, from April 4-6, 2023, Professor Xiangqun Chang visited China and gave a series of lectures, seminars, and academic exchanges at different universities in Xiamen, Wuhan, Tianjin, and Beijing. In addition to fulfilling her academic mission, she also participated in events for a social mission.
The 3-day conference was organized by the newly established Institute of Chinese Path to Modernization, Xiamen University. It consists of 3 panels: Chinese Path to Modernization and Global Governance, Chinese Path to Modernization and International Communication, Chinese Path to Modernization and Traditional Chinese Culture. The title of my talk is ‘Realization of Goal-Oriented Cooperative Projects, Promoting the Common Value of Mankind: A Corpus-Assisted Analysis of ‘Reciprocity’ (互适). It focuses on the governance of global societies, exploring common values and differences among humans through corpus-based texts and case analyses of cooperative projects using the concept of ‘recipropriety.’ It demonstrates how goal orientation plays a role in the governance processes of global human societies. By discussing different values and seeking common ground while preserving diversity, the lecture aims to deepen mutual understanding and achieve the common goals of project cooperation.
On the 4th of April, Professor Hu Rong (second from the left), Dean of the School of Sociology and Anthropology, held a meeting for academic exchanges. Participants included Professor Xiangqun Chang (second from the right), Professor Donggen Rui (in the middle of the photo), from Pukyong National University, South Korea, Professor Gong Haoqun (on the right), an anthropologist, and Associate Professor Lu Wei (on the left), a sociologist.On the 5th of April, Professor Gong Haoqun (left in the right photo) engaged Professor Xiangqun Chang for an in-depth discussion on anthropological issues from a comparative perspective, based on her work and that of some fellow anthropologists’ work on comparing Chinese and non-Chinese societies.