About Richard Madsen

Richard Madsen is the Director of the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China and a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology  at the University of California, San Diego. He has been called “one of the modern-day founders of the study of Chinese religion” by noted journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ian Johnson and is the author or co-author of 12 books, including the landmark village studies “Chen Village under Mao and Deng” and its sequel “Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization.” Professor Madsen is currently working on a book about happiness in China, which he describes as an exploration on “searching for a good life in China in an age of anxiety. Where do they see their lives going? Where do they see China going? It’s aimed at tapping into people’s sense of meaning.”



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