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Are China’s “Sea Turtles” Becoming “Seaweed”? A Changing Job Market

IHE-Boston College Center for International Education



No. 106 Spring Issue 2021
David Zweig and Zaichao Du


ABSTRACT: Analysts of China’s “reverse migration” largely ignore returning, short-term MA students, who comprise close to 70 percent of all returnees, seeing them as less significant.

Drawing on surveys of the past 15 years, this article makes four points:

US-China relations: Pompeo’s bomb-throwing Taiwan shift leaves Biden in bind with Beijing

David Zweig
South China Morning Post
18 January 2021, 1:00am:

  • By putting Taiwan’s status regarding the United States and China at the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda, he has introduced a serious roadblock to improved relations between the incoming administration and Beijing

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is probably strutting around and feeling his oats, having accomplished several goals simultaneously with his decision to lift all unofficial constraints on US-Taiwan relations in effect as of 2021.

No doubt he […]

To get young Hongkongers to take up mainland job opportunities, build trust and avoid politics

David Zweig
South China Morning Post
19 December 2020, 6:45am:

  • Those who want to work on the mainland will go, but the government should not expect a one-off policy to resolve anti-mainland sentiment among Hong Kong youths
  • Young people need to know the benefits and risks of working on the mainland, as well as the practical, psychological and emotional issues they might face

In her recent […]

US-China tensions expected to escalate further after Donald Trump promises action over Hong Kong

SCMP Photo Reuters China-Tensions by Sarah Zheng

  • Relations between the two sides are likely to carry on worsening after the US President said he would end the city’s preferential status after Beijing ‘smothered its freedom’
  • Observers predict spiral of retaliation will continue and question whether trade negotiations will be able to carry on

South China Morning Post (SCMP)
30 May 2020 09:02 PM

by Sarah Zheng (with quotes from Dr. David Zweig)

China and the US have little room to defuse tensions after Washington announced it would end Hong Kong’s special status, observers believe.

On Friday […]

What lies behind Beijing’s imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong? Fear, not arrogance

Photo for SCMP by Simon Song

  • China’s leaders are facing challenges on multiple fronts – from the economy to global criticism of their handling of Covid-19
  • Beijing believes that another summer of protests in Hong Kong and what it perceives as hostile US activities in the city cannot be tolerated

South China Morning Post (SCMP)
30 May 2020 06:30 AM

by Dr David Zweig

Many people believe that Beijing’s decision this week to introduce […]




The Thousand Talents Program (TTP) was created by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2008 to overcome the brain drain of Chinese talent that has seen many of the best Chinese scholars and researchers take up residency in Canada, the United Kingdom, and particularly the United States.

The goal of Li Yuanchao, a reformist former CCP Politburo member who created the […]

Beijing is getting tough on the democracy movement, but at what cost to Hong Kong?

Illustration by Craig Stephens for SCMP

  • Beijing has recognised that, under the current conditions, it can’t keep Hong Kong’s opposition forces under control
  • Something has to give, and that something is China’s promise to grant Hong Kong civil liberties and universal suffrage
South China Morning Post (SCMP)
1 May 2020 06:15 AM

by Dr David Zweig

It’s not […]

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Agrarian Radicalism in China, 1968-1981

David Zweig
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989

SYNOPSIS: During and after the Cultural Revolution, radical leaders in the Chinese Communist Party tried […]


Zweig, David; 陈志敏


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Book Chapters

海歸還是海待? 海外回國留學生的就業問題研究

China Scholarship Development Report

Zweig, David Stephen
Han, Donglin

中国留学人才发展报告, 2009 / 王辉耀编; 苗丹国, 程希副编. 北京市 : 机械工业出版社, 2009, p.279-294



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