China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
Chinese society is going through rapid transformation in its economy, politics, relationship with special administrative regions and international status. How these changes have shaped people’s opinions? This panel assembles four articles by political scientists and sociologists to explore this theme of dynamic public opinion. Among these panelists, Jason Wu and Tianguang Meng map out how the public’s ideological preferences have changed over the past twenty-five years. Shuai Jin and Yingnan Joseph Zhou show how the political contexts have shaped different generations’ political attitudes and how the younger generation coming of age under the current Xi Jinping administration exhibits strong authoritarian orientations. Ya-Wen Lei examines the perceptions of inequality specifically and finds that the “left-behind” groups become more critical and less tolerant of inequality by comparing three waves of national surveys in 2004, 2009, and 2014. Dan Chen and Wenbin Li compare the national identities of different generations in Hong Kong and depict a picture of political trust polarization where both strong trust and strong distrust in the central government is increasing in Hong Kong. These four papers together portray the dynamic public opinion and its political consequences in China.