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Lecture by Dr. Lü Tu: China’s Rural Migrant Workers: The View of a Social Worker and of a Researcher
December 3, 2014 - 13:00-15:00
A 2012 survey by the National Bureau of Statistics of China showed that in 2011, the count of rural migrant workers reached 253 million. The number continues climbing as migrants continue seeking prosperity in cities, resulting in a huge urbanization movement, while their labour fuels China’s emergence as a leading manufacturer in the world. How are their living and working conditions? How do Migrant Workers manage their lives after moving to the big cities? Based upon her research and practical involvement, the speaker will discuss the situation of the rural migrant workers or the “new workers” as the speaker prefers to call the Rural Migrant Workers.
Deadline for registration is 2 December.
Lü Tu holds a PhD degree in Development Sociology, a Master Degree on Women and Development and has published a number of research articles about China’s “New Workers”. Over the last 15 years, Lü Tu has been involved in the research of poverty-relief projects in China. From May 2010 through June 2011, she and colleagues investigated the lives of migrant workers in several metropolises, including Suzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Beijing, and Wuhan.
Social workers are relatively new in China, and Lü Tu is one of them. Since 2007, Lü Tu has been working for a labour NGO, Beijing Migrant Workers’ Home. Her main role has been to co-ordinate research activities and training. Besides, she has been involved in some daily activities and task force tasks. Lü Tu’s office is located in Picun, a suburban village in Beijing. Of the villagers, only 1,000 are local while 10,000 are from outside Beijing. In 2010, Picun village had 120 factories; the smallest one employed only four, while the largest one over 200. Together, the factories employed a total of 2,000. The inhabitants in Picun Village also include those who work nearby or downtown. The village has opened two schools that now educate some 1,000 children. During her spare time, Lü Tu teaches at the village schools along with other volunteer teachers.
This lecture is free of charge.
Please sign up here. Deadline for registration is 2 December.
Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Venue: Porcelænshaven 24, 2000 Frederiksberg, Room: PH 078
Organizers: Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute & ThinkChina.dk Copenhagen University