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BBC World Service: Weekend: Professor Gerda Wielander talks about her book Chinese Discourses on Happiness
Languages 27 March 2019
In the interview, Professor Wielander responds to questions about Chinese levels of happiness in relation to a number of economic factors. She indicated that low levels of happiness in China are correlated to unemployment rates and the restructuring of the social security system after 1990.
After commenting on evidence that the Chinese government is concerned about levels of happiness in the population and mentioning the example of discourses in Tibet, she concluded: “It depends who you ask, where people live, what ethnicity they belong to, and in what way and to what extent they feel they have benefitted from economic reforms in the last 40 years.”
Cover picture: ‘Promoting a Happy China, Beijing May 2018’ – credits: Gerda Wielander
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