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Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Anthropology
Areas of expertise: Contemporary Chinese culture; China's new rich and new middle class, how prosperity is transforming values, gender roles, consumption, and other aspects of society.
In the News
Will China Crumble?
April 30, 2015
The life of a hermit comes at a steep price
December 31, 2014
New York Times
Q. and A.: John Osburg on the Angst Found Among China’s Newly Rich
December 16, 2014
Can't Buy Me Love
August 19, 2014
Professor Osburg can speak to how the growing prosperity of Chinese society is shaping the values and lifestyles of China's emerging middle class. His research examines changing attitudes in Post-Mao China toward spirituality, marriage, romance, education, and politics. His current book project is Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality among China's New Rich. His research for the book involved shadowing wealthy businessmen for several years in southwest China. Prior to his academic fieldwork, Professor Osburg was the host of a Chinese television entertainment program called "Interchange" and has worked as an instructor of English in China.