China’s Changing Demography is Changing China and the World

11 May 2016 - Professor Dudley Poston, of Texas A&M University, visited the University of Southampton to present his findings from research he has conducted on changes in China's demography.

This lecture focused on the impact that changes in China's demography over the past few decades could have on the United States, and the rest of the world.

It is predicted some of the issues to face China in the next few decades will be that their global dominance in manufacturing will end, there will not be enough Chinese women for Chinese men to marry, HIV/AIDS infection rates will rise substantially, and Chinese immigrants to America will outnumber those from Mexico. These, and related possible changes in China's demography were discussed, drawing on professor Poston's research. He showed how these changes, if they come to be reality, could impact, China, the U.S., and the world.

This lecture links to CPC's work on Gender Disadvantage, Social Inequalities and Well-being of Economic Migrants in China. The work focused on the extent of social inequalities determining the quality of life of economic migrants in China. For more information about this work, please see our research project page.

Dudley Poston is Professor of Sociology, and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts, at Texas A&M University. Professor Poston's research interests include demography, human ecology and the sociology of gender; with special attention to the populations of China, Taiwan, and Korea. He is the only non-Chinese person to ever be elected to be President of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association. Professor Poston has also made significant contributions to the emerging field of the Social Demography of Sexual Orientation.

Watch a video of the lecture on our YouTube Channel


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