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    Conducting Fieldwork in China

    If you’re a masters or Ph.D. student conducting social science research on China for your thesis or dissertation, at some point you might find yourself in China for fieldwork. Having recently spent a year in China for my own dissertation fieldwork, here are some suggestions for a successful (or at least not overwhelmingly painful) fieldwork experience in China. 1) You’ll need an affiliation. Unless you are going to China for very short periods of time, you will need an affiliation in the country for three reasons. First of all, you will need an institution to help obtain a residence permit. Most tourist visas only allow you to stay for 30 days, but…