Jong-Ho Jeong is a Professor of China Area Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University (SNU) and the Director of the SNU China Center. He is also serving as the Vice-President for International Affairs at Seoul National University since December 2012. Professor Jeong graduated from Seoul National University with B.A.(1987) and M.A.(1990), received his Ph. D. (2000) in Anthropology from Yale University, and was a visiting scholar at Peking University, China and the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University. He has also served on the policy advisory committee for Seoul City and as an advisor for the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences and the POSCO Research Institute, and is currently an advisor for the National Assembly of South Korea’s Politics and Economics Forum and a trustee at the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, the Korean Society of Future Studies, and the Platon Academy.
His Ph. D dissertation and subsequent publications have focused on the restructuring state-society relations in contemporary urban China. His recent works include “Transplanted Wenzhou Model and Transnational Ethnic Economy” (Journal of Contemporary China, forthcoming March 2014), “Ethnoscapes, Mediascapes, and Ideoscapes: Socio-Cultural Relations Between South Korea and China,”(Journal of International and Area Studies, December 2012), “From Illegal Migrant Settlements to Central Business and Residential Districts: Restructuring of Urban Space in Beijing’s Migrant Enclaves” (Habitat International, July 2011), “China’s Soft Power: Discussions, Resources, and Prospects” (Asian Survey, May/June 2008), as well as many articles and books both in Korean and Chinese, including Koreans in China (in Korean, 2010), Understanding Contemporary China (in Korean, 2005), China’s Economic Reform: 1980-2000 (in Korean, 2002), and “Study on Chinese College Students’ Perception on the Attribution to Corruption among Officials” (in Chinese, 2013) . He is currently writing a book on China’s post-reform urban restructuring based on his long-term fieldwork on Zhejiangcun, the largest migrant settlement in Beijing. His research interests include social change and social stratification, internal and international migration, social capital and native-place networks, the rise of China’s soft power, changing local identity and Chinese nationalism.
Watch Prof. Jeong’s presentation, “Civil Society in Korea,” which was part of the 2014 HYI Roundtable on Civil Society in East Asia.