CASER Member in the News


CASER researchers are often featured in mainstream media for their work, expertise and insights in their relevant fields.

Dec 5, 2023 – CNBC Make It

Jia Miao

“People just feel the future is uncertain…Young people have to adjust themselves to the current economic situation for probably several years.”

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June 6, 2023 – CNBC

Xiaogang Wu & Jia Miao

“You do not have a sense of self, even though you have some sort of occupational prestige.”
“A lot of young people might feel disappointed about their jobs because companies are not hiring them for a job, but they’re hiring you to operate a computer on a desk.”

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June 5, 2023 – Sixth Tone

Angran Li

“Digital capital is a kind of capability. We should train children to use internet devices to access more information. Kids in big cities use digital devices not simply for games or watching short videos. They use them for other purposes, like learning programming.”

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June 3, 2023 – Tencent Education (腾讯教育)

Angran Li


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Jan 17, 2023 – The Bund Education (外滩教育)

Dr. Siqi Tu was interviewed by the Bund Education(外滩教育) and shared her views and comments on the phenomenon of sending Chinese teens to study in the an article titled “访谈近百位留美学生和家长,这位社会学博士发现,很多人对美国教育的想象依然片面“. Nowadays, an increasing number of Chinese parents are determined to spend a large amount to send their teens to study in U.S. private secondary schools, with the expectation to receive “high return from education”. However, the return is not necessarily high in terms of children’s emotional cost and parents’ overestimation of U.S. education.

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Jan 11, 2023 – Sixth Tone

Professor Angran Li was interviewed by Sixth Tone and shared his insights on higher education expansion and its linkage with increased student body diversity and a more equitable distribution of wealth, in an article titled “What Happened When China Expanded Its Higher Education System?”

“As more and more people are able to access higher education, competition for places at top universities has actually become more intense.” He commented.

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Nov 19, 2022 – Sixth Tone

Professor Angran Li is invited by Sixth Tone Agora public lecture series to share his expert views on China’s higher education. In his talk titled “Is Higher Education Still the Ladder to Success?”, Professor Li presents empirical evidence to understand the past and present of China’s higher education system and the market-oriented higher education reforms’ implications for social mobility.

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Sep 16, 2022 – CNBC Make It

Professor Jia Miao was interviewed by CNBC Make It and shared her expert perspectives and insights on Chinese young people’s anti-hustle mentality, in an article titled “I accept being ordinary’: China’s youth are turning their backs on hustle culture”.

“ ‘Tang ping’ and ‘bai lan’ reflect the intense competition faced by young Chinese today,” she said. “The popularity of this word reflects the stress and disappointment young people feel.”

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Aug 9, 2022 – Sixth Tone

Dr. Siqi Tu was invited by Sixth Tone to author an opinion piece, in which she shared her comments and insights on the attitude of Shanghai residents towards lockdown and future of the city in an article titled “Shanghai Residents Ask: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

“The lockdown forced middle-class Shanghainese to grapple with the fact that, at a moment’s notice, they could be severed from the things tying them to the city.”

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May 12, 2022 – South China Morning Post

Professor Xiaogang Wu authors an opinion piece about the housing issue in Hong Kong titled “Housing crisis: Hongkongers need their piece of land to find peace of mind” in South China Morning Post, the oldest English Newspaper in Hong Kong.   
“Unaffordable housing is leading to public frustration and resentment, especially among young people, potentially undermining social and political stability,” he commented. “Hong Kong must act to improve affordability and promote home ownership among those unable to get on the property ladder.”
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May 6, 2022 –凤凰网)

Professor  Xiaogang Wu was invited as one of the distinguished panelists in Columbia China Forum, organized by Columbia undergraduates and co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing (Columbia China Forum: A Time of Change, A Change for Communication | Columbia Global Centers). In the panel discussion, Prof Wu shared his in-depth views on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on China and the world. In the report  by, “吴晓刚:抗疫显示中国社区形态不同于国外 社会资本更为充裕”,  Professor Wu thinks that the success of anti-epidemic policies depends on the factors at three levels: national, social and individual. The unique stratified structure and community form of Chinese society determines that China acts differently from the West in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. In China, spontaneous mutual aid and support amongst people is commonly seen in anti-epidemic efforts.

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May 3, 2022 – BBC Chinese

Professor Jia Miao was interviewed by BBC Chinese and shared her expert view on community cohesion reflected through the benign interaction between delivery men and residents in Shanghai during Covid pandemic,  in an article titled “上海疫情:封城下的外卖骑手如何与城市艰难共存

“The cohesion of a community is essential for helping people through a crisis.  Mutual trust and support foster cohesion,” she said. “The benign interaction between the delivery men and the local residents has created cohesion and built confidence, which is crucial in times of crisis.”

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April 15, 2022 – Nature

Professor Jia Miao was interviewed by Nature and shared her experience during lockdown in an article titled “How Shanghai’s scientists are coping amid harsh COVID lockdown

“Although the lockdown is a misfortune for the city, for us sociologists, it’s a huge social experiment. It will give us lots of opportunities to study a variety of issues that arise,” she said. “After this outbreak, my students will have a fresh perspective when looking at communities, and they can bring their personal experience and insights to the class.”

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April 11, 2022 – Sixth Tone

Professor Xiaogang Wu was interviewed by Sixth Tone and shared his recent work and  insights on the issue of over-education in China, in an article titled “Think the ‘Gaokao’ Is Hard? Try This Year’s Grad School Exam.”

“It’s unlikely that the ‘gaokao-ification’ of the postgraduate admission test will be reversed any time soon,” He said. “As economic growth slows down, so too will the growth of jobs for highly educated graduates. By the time today’s postgrads complete their studies, having a postgraduate degree will be even less of a guarantee of good employment than it was when they enrolled.”

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April 4, 2022 – CGTN

Professor Jia Miao was interviewed by CGTN about the crucial role that communities play in responding to Shanghai’s latest Covid outbreak and shared insights on effective community management, in an article titled “Coronavirus Pandemic: Communities play a crucial role in responding to Shanghai’s latest outbreak”.

“Neighborhood Committees are quite unique in China. They have to organize COVID tests for the population, spread the information about the up-to-date policy and inform the residents about the COVID situation,” She said. “In the future, our neighborhood or communities will play a more and more important role in protecting residents.”

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May 29, 2021 – The Economist

Professor Xiaogang Wu was quoted by the Economist on the rural-urban divide in educational opportunities in China.

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April 26, 2021 – Handelsblatt

Professor Xiaogang Wu was quoted by the Handelsblatt on how China’s demographic change will impact economy.  

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March 19, 2021 – WHB (文汇报)

Professor Jia Miao was quoted by WHB on her views about the pursuit of beauty for mothers-to-be and the importance for them to find a balance between self-love and child care. 

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December 3, 2020 – The Paper (澎湃新闻)

Professor Jia Miao was interviewed by the Paper on her study of neighborhoods behind Wuhan’s recovery from Covid pandemic.

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December 1, 2020 – ICS TV

Professor Xiaogang Wu was interviewed in the ICS, Shanghai TV on Dec 1, 2020 the role of community in fighting against Covid 19 in Shanghai.

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