David ZWEIG 崔大偉
PhD University of Michigan, 1983
Professor Emeritus

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David Zweig (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983) is Professor Emeritus, Division of Social Science, HKUST and Director, Transnational China Consulting Limited.  He is an Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Defence Technology, Changsha, Hunan, and Vice-President of the Center on China’s Globalization (Beijing). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University in 1984-86. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1996 and was a fulltime faculty member at HKUST for 25 years.
Dr. Zweig studied in Beijing in 1974-1976 and did field research in rural China in 1980-1981 and 1986. In 1991-92 and 1997, he did field research on China’s “opening to the outside world.” Since 1991, he has surveyed and interviewed academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, and employees who returned from studying abroad, and  Mainland-born Chinese working overseas. In June 2012, he gave Li Yuanchao, then head of the Organization Department of the Chinese Communist Party, a critical evaluation of the CCP’s Thousand Talents Plan. 

He is the author or editor of ten books, including Internationalizing China: domestic interests and global linkages (2002) and Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony (2016). “’The best are yet to come’: State programs, domestic resistance and reverse migration of high-level talent to China,” appeared in the Journal of Contemporary China (Sept. 2020), and in May 2020, his report, America Challenges China’s National Talent Programs (with Kang Siqin), was published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is a Contributing Writer to the South China Morning Post.

He has two online classes registered with COURSERA, one on domestic Chinese politics and one on China and the World, where (as of August 2020), he had taught over 21,000 students.

Research Interests
  • Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
  • China’s Resource Diplomacy
  • China’s talent programs and reverse migration
  • Sino-American Relations 
  • East Asian International Relations
  • Hong Kong-Mainland relations
Representative Publications
  • Internationalizing China: Domestic Interests and Global Linkages (Cornell Series in Political Economy, Cornell University Press, 2002).
  • Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony, David Zweig and Hao Yufan, eds. (Routledge: London, 2015, published in paper in 2016).
  • Freeing China's Farmers: Rural Restructuring in the Reform Era (M.E. Sharpe, 1997).
  • China's Brain Drain to the United States, with Chen Changgui (Berkeley: China Research Monograph Series, 1995; republished by Routledge in 2013).
  • Agrarian Radicalism in China, 1968‑1981 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989).
  • “’The best are yet to come’: State programs, domestic resistance and reverse migration of high-level talent to China,” with Siqin Kang and Henry Wang Huiyao, Journal of Contemporary China, September 2020.
  • “America Challenges China’s National Talent Programs,” with Siqin Kang, Center for Strategic and International Studies, No. 4, May 2020.
  •  “Familiarity Breeds Contempt: China’s growing soft power deficit in Hong Kong,” in Kingsley Edney, Stanley Rosen, and Ying Zhou, Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (Routledge: 2020), pp. 241-261.
  • “A Photo Essay of a Failed Reform: Beida, Tiananmen Square and the Defeat of Deng Xiaoping in 1975-76,” China Perspectives, No. 1 (2016): 5-28.
  • “Overseas Students, Returnees and the Diffusion of International Norms into Post-Mao China,” with Feng Yang, International Studies Review, 16 (Fall 2014): 252-63.
  • “Can China Bring Back the Best? The Communist Party Organizes China’s Search for Talent,” with Huiyao Wang, The China Quarterly, no. 215 (September 2103): 590-615.
  • “Educating a New Generation of Students: Transferring Knowledge and Norms from Hong Kong to the Mainland,” with Liu Mei-hua, China Perspectives, 1 (2013): 73-86.
  • “Returnee Entrepreneurs: impact on China's globalization process,” with Wang Huiyao and Lin Xiaohua, Journal of Contemporary China, 20: 70 (2011): 413-431.
  • “Images of the World: Studying Abroad and Chinese Attitudes towards International Affairs,” with Han Donglin, The China Quarterly, No. 202 (June 2010): 290-306.
  • “Redefining the ‘Brain Drain’: China’s Diaspora Option,” with Chung Siu-Fung and Han Donglin, Science, Technology and Society, Vol.13, No.1 (2008): 1-33.
  • “Rewards of Technology: Explaining China’s Reverse Migration,” (with Chung Siu Fung, and Wilfried Vanhonacker), Journal of International Migration and Integration, Volume 7, No. 4 (Fall 2006): 449-71.
  • “Learning to Compete: China’s Efforts to Encourage a Reverse Brain Drain,” International Labour Review, vol. 145, nos. 1-2 (2006): 65-90.
  • “China’s Global Hunt for Energy,” Foreign Affairs (with Bi Jianhai), Vol. 84, No. 5 (September-October 2005): 25-38.
Courses Taught
  • MGCS: China and the World
  • SOSC 2290: Understanding Globalization
  • SOSC 2280: International Relations in East Asia since WWII
  • SOSC 4600/6060: Understanding Chinese Politics
  • SOSC 5520: International Aspects of China’s Reforms
  • SBM 4600: Chinese Politics and Society
  • Coursera: Chinese Politics, on-line:

    Part 1, domestic politics: https://www.coursera.org/course/chinesepolitics1

    Part 2, China and the World: https://www.coursera.org/course/chinesepolitics2 

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