Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. She is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at State University of New York, Cortland. She is the author of five books on sex, gender, migration, HIV/AIDS, and the state: Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), Ethnographies of Prostitution in Contemporary China: Gender Relations, HIV/AIDS, and Nationalism (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2009), editor of Sex-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice (Routledge 2010), the lead author of HIV/AIDS Through an Anthropological Lens (Kendall Hunt Press, 2009), and co-author of Ethical Research with Sex Workers: Anthropological Approaches (Springer, forthcoming). She has also published a guest-edited journal issue, 20 refereed journal articles, 19 book chapters, and 23 invited book reviews. She is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012, and Outstanding Achievement in Research Award in 2011. Her book Red Lights is the Winner of the 2010 Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association for the significant contribution to the topic of women and labor. Her book Ethnographies of Prostitution in Contemporary China is the Winner of the 2011 Research Publication Book Award from the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States.

China: Sex Work and Human Trafficking (Part 3)

Tiantian Zheng explores the intersection between sex work and human trafficking in post-socialist China. This is the last of a three part series. Read part one here. In 1978, Deng Xiaoping urged a crackdown (严打, yanda – literally, strike severely) on the trafficking of women. Since then, the Chinese government has launched crackdown campaigns to carry out the task. Beginning in 1989, a... Continue Reading

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China: Sex Work and Human Trafficking (Part 2)

Tiantian Zheng explores the intersection between sex work and human trafficking in post-socialist China. This is second of a three part series. Read part one here. In China, for thousands of years, the dynasties and states produced, regulated, sometimes threatened to abolish, yet at the same time profited from sex work both economically and politically. This conflict between the need for social... Continue Reading

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China: Sex Work and Human Trafficking (Part 1)

Tiantian Zheng explores the intersection between sex work and human trafficking in post-socialist China. This is the first of a three part series. Current statistics showed that China hosted approximately 250,000 victims of human trafficking from both internal and international sources. Identified as a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking, China’s issues of human... Continue Reading

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