Archie is a member of the Class of 2018, double majoring in Anthropology and Economics. She is from Shanghai, China where she conducted fieldwork this summer for her research.
Archie’s general research interest is identity and place, spatial experience, and governance. Her presentation next week is about measuring elderly people’s mobility and ability to use public space, semi-public space and most basically the space of their living community (xiao qu). Besides discussing about elderly people in general, she also divides them into the following groups: the Shanghainese of the Old city of Shanghai, Native people in the district where she did fieldwork, commonly known as Ben di ren in Chinese and floating population. But Archie does not belong to any of those groups – she will identify herself as a New Shanghainese.