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Simon Lang’s research focuses on social conflicts and protests, education policy and lifestyle, consumption and gender issues in China as well as the social impacts of urbanization. Before joining MERICS he conducted fieldwork in Chongqing, analyzing identity formation, gender issues and youth culture. During his studies in social sciences at the University of Amsterdam he conducted research on NGOs in Taiwan and was a guest lecturer for global history at the National Central University. Lang has a bachelor’s degree in China studies from Freie Universität Berlin and studied Chinese language at Chongqing University.
Seeking international adventure: Young Chinese taking their education global, MERICS study on how young Chinese imagine and plan their studies abroad, October 2015.
Education in China going global, MERICS Web Special, September 2015. (with Ka Ho Mok, Matthias Stepan and Elena Klorer)
Mao Zedong, Jack Ma, Xi Jinping or Steve Jobs? How China’s state and society are grappling for heroes, MERICS Web Special, March 2015.
Learn from the West – but don’t adopt a Western lifestyle!, 14 October 2016.
Censorship in China: How sexuality became an ideological battleground, 18 March 2016.
How China deals with increasing HIV infections, Interview with Deutsche Welle, December 1, 2016.
Chinas Jugendpolitik: Zwischen Austausch und Abschottung, Der Tagesspiegel, September 22, 2016.
Die unsichtbaren 70 Millionen, Article in the Tageszeitung (taz), January 30, 2016. (with Claudia Wessling)
Why China is internationalizing its education system, Interview with Daily News Egypt, September 17, 2015. (with Matthias Stepan)
Why China is internationalizing its education system, Interview with Deutsche Welle, September 17, 2015. (with Matthias Stepan)
Chinas oberster Ultra, Die Welt, June 21, 2015.