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CCCI: Ant Tribes (Yizu) with Kimiko Suda

Kimiko Suda, Ph.D. headshot
April 11, 2022

Ant Tribes (Yizu) in China's Contested Space

This lecture was given by Kimiko Suda, Ph.D. Post Doc researcher, National Discrimination and Racism Monitor (NaDiRa).  In 2009 the term "Yizu" (Ant tribe) was selected as one of the ten most popular terms in China´s social media discussions. It was coined by the economist Lian Si to provoke a discussion about the social group of migrant graduates from China´s rural areas, working and living in precarious situations in China´s biggest cities, often in so-called urban villages. When analyzing the different variations of the narratives about "Yizu", it all boils down to one question: how to keep your human dignity in a social context, in which an increasing economization and mediatization of almost everything shapes everyday life, and makes it impossible to create a stable, publicly respected and self-determined social identity and position.

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  • Inequalities, Identities, and Justice
  • Migrations


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