Project Overview

The Effect of the Pandemic on Citizen Attitudes and Behaviors in the People's Republic of China

Faculty Sponsor

Carolyn L. Hsu (


Asian Studies
Sociology and Anthropology


This is part of a multi-year longitudinal research project on the effects of the pandemic on citizenship attitudes and behaviors in the People's Republic of China The data come from   a nation-wide survey. The first wave of the survey was conducted in Oct 2018, The second wave of the survey was administered in January 2020, which happened to be timed exactly at the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in China (which of course developed quickly into a global pandmic). The third wave is scheduled for January 2022. The goal this summer is to use the data from the three waves to analyze the effect of the pandemic on citizen engagement in China, particularly on volunteerism, philanthropy, and participation in social organizations, as well as attitudes toward the government. In addition to the effect of the pandemic, this project examines the impact of Chinese Communist Party and state policies, such as the recent push to increase philanthropy through the "Common Prosperity (????)" campaign. 


Student Qualifications

Fluency in Chinese, ability to read and translate Chinese scholarly literature and government documents. Sociology research skills, and SPSS abilities. 

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

6 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022

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