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Elizabeth Perry – Public Health, National Strength and Regime Legitimacy: China’s Patriotic Health Campaign

March 5 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm

Speaker: Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

This talk focuses on China’s longest-lived mass movement: the Patriotic Health Campaign(PHC). Introduced by Mao Zedong in 1952 during the Korean War, the PHC continues even today, having recently played a role in Xi Jinping’s Zero-Covid effort. The talk will question the official characterization of the PHC as a “uniquely Chinese” approach to sanitation and epidemic control, noting the influence of the American Tuberculosis Movement and YMCA health campaigns, while at the same time emphasizing the central importance of public health in the legitimation of Chinese Communist rule, from revolutionary days to the present.


March 5
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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BU Pardee School of Global Studies


Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

121 Bay State Rd
Boston, Massachusetts United States

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