YCW Shanghai is welcoming Matthew Chitwood, Research Fellow from the Institute of Current World Affairs to share his research on China’s rural revitalization with YCW Shanghai members.

Almost half of China’s population is still rural. Ever wonder how this critical demographic sees China and the world? Matt lives and works in a village in rural Yunnan, where he witnesses firsthand how infrastructure development in Yunnan is transforming its people, land, economy, and governance. His talk will focus on the poverty elimination campaign in China and the rural revitalization strategy, including anecdotes illustrating rural perspectives and the key challenges around regional development.

Join us for a lively discussion on this important aspect of China’s economy, followed by audience Q&A. Stick around for networking over drinks and a performance from the Wooden Box’s house jazz band!

To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ycw-sh-the-other-china-chinas-rural-revitalization-tickets-58267254928


About the Speaker

Matt Chitwood is on fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs to explore the transformation of Yunnan province in light of economic and infrastructure development in the region. For almost a decade Matt has worked in Greater China: Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, and Taipei. His work experience spans the business, education, and non-profit sectors, and includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. In recent years, Matt has developed, managed, and taught for study abroad programs like CET, CIEE, and Where There Be Dragons. Matt holds a dual M.A. in China Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also completed the graduate certificate program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and attended undergrad at Northwest Nazarene University where he studied International Business and Spanish.


Shanghai- The Other China: China’s Rural Revitalization (Tuesday, March 19)
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