After we set up the website of ‘China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN)’ at LSE in 2008, we received a stream of generous and encouraging feedback.
Here is a selection of these endorsements (listed in alphabetical order):
‘The CCPN … looks most interesting and valuable, … the current emphasis on entrepreneurs is excellent’. -- Professor Francesca Bray, Head of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
‘I think it looks really clear and helpful, a very exciting project’, and an ‘obviously a great project’. -- Professor Harriet Evans, Coordinator of Asia Studies research, University of Westminster; Former President of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)
‘I have a very strong research interest and involvement in the current global concerns for sustainable development specifically related to the interface between economics and environment. One of the primordial concerns in China today is her ability to manage and control the impact of her economic advance to ecology of China in particular and the world in general. … It is of critical importance for the CCPN…to get acquainted with the global issues related to Climate Change, Global Warming, Ozone Depletion, as well as the global mechanisms related to this like the ISO 14000 on ecology as well as the global regulatory mechanisms established by the UN Nation Agencies involved in Economics of Environmental Management of the Planet Earth. ... On top of this, it is of critical significance that their academic formation and orientation must be coupled with a more precise knowledge on the interface of economics with ecology as well as interface of economics with culture. In brief, this dynamics of the economics of ecological anthropology maybe aggregated to a system of the C, N, E Equations, where C refers to Cultural Capital, N to Natural Capital and E for Economic Capitalization of China today. … I am pleased that you have extended this worthwhile invitation to me. Indeed, I feel honoured about this.’ -- Dr Ernesto R. Gonzales, Director, Social Research Centre, University of Sto. Tomas, Espana, Manila, Philippines; Chair-Economics, National Research Council of the Philippines
‘I really like the idea of creating a network on networking, and I would be happy to participate in and to contribute to…, especially from the perspective of my ongoing research on Chinese migrant networks.’ -- Professor Bettina Gransow, Chinese Studies at the Institute for East Asian Studies, Free University of Berlin
‘That looks very interesting and exciting, many congratulations.’…’the project looks like just the kind of thing we should be doing - independent and ...with a good cutting edge theme.’ -- Professor Christopher Hughes, Department of International Relations, Former Director of Asia Research Centre, LSE
The website ‘is perfectly abuzz with ideas, aspirations and purposefulness!’ – Dr Maria Jaschok, Director of the International Gender Studies Centre, QEH; Dept of International Development, University of Oxford
‘I am very interested in joining the network… The same for my colleagues who are working with me: Ms Zhu Yan in SASS, institute of sociology and soon Dr Chaitali DAS (from India but about to teach in Belfast next September).’ ‘I passed on the information to one French colleague who is working in Shanghai on the “Three Gorges”. She is also interested in taking contact with you. Hope we will have fruitful collaboration in a near future’. -- Dr Jean-Charles Lagrée, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Sociologist; Shanghai Academic of Social Science (SASS) Visiting Fellow; Former General Secretary of European Sociological Association
'I agree with great interest and great pleasure to be member of your Academic Advisory Committee and I am glad to support your website'. Professor Edgar Morin, philosopher, sociologist and anthropologist, one of France's leading contemporary thinkers. Emeritus Director, French National for Scientific Research Center (CNRS); Former President of UNESCO's European Agency for Culture
'It looks very interesting and I've always believed that greater comparative study that spans the Eastern and Western perspectives on a wide range of issues is very important for the future.' Professor Ken Peattie, Director of the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, Cardiff University
'I am very impressed with the launch of the website. It has very important significance for networking scholars of China related studies internationally'. Professor QIN Hongzeng, Science-technology and Social Development Research Center, Guangxi University for Nationalities; Editor-in-chief of Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities.
'It's really a fascinating idea to have a close contact between your network and our program on Contemporary China Studies......., you can have a look at what we are doing on contemporary China studies: http://www.china-waseda.jp/chinese/index.html'. Professor Shigeto Sonoda, Institute of Oriental Culture & Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, Japan (formerly at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)
'...you may be interested in the Institute in Hong Kong which I set up 8 years ago, using research activities to create a critical mass of like-minded colleagues and students. A kind of networking: www.hku.hk/ihss...' -- Professor Helen Sui, Department of Anthropology, Yale University; a former Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies
'The website is very impressive! Congratulations to you all. I'm also impressed with the material you have put together - it demonstrates quite vividly just how much is going on here [LSE].' -- Mr Gus Stewart, Director of the Research and Project Development Division (RPDD), LSE
The website ‘looks to be a most exciting new development’. -- Dr Norman Stockman, Honorary Secretary of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)
'I found it very convincing and interesting and would be very much wiling to support it'. -- Professor Isabelle Thireau, Research Director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
'Learning about the world and cultural behavior is an ongoing passion, and I look forward to furthering my knowledge and awareness through this prestigious network.' - Ms Eda Ulus, PhD Candidate, Management School, Royal Holloway College, University of London
'It is really great that Stephan and you created this platform for China scholars.' - Professor WANG Mingming, Department of Sociology and Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, Peking University.
‘You have a very impressive set of people involved, and the goals of the project are important ones’. -- Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine; Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies
‘The focus will certainly be a productive one…’ -- Dr Rubie Watson, Faculty of Social Anthropology, Harvard University
'Congratulations on these various successes. They are a real credit to you all.' -- Professor Sarah Worthington, Law Department, LSE Pro-Director.
'... Fascinating initiative!' -- Professor Arne Westad, International History, Director of Centre for the Study of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Grand Strategy (IDEAS), LSE