Nanotech 2006 Vol. 1
Nanotech 2006 Vol. 1
Technical Proceedings of the 2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1

Enviromental, Health and Societal Impacts of Nanotechnology Chapter 6

“Cultural Bonds” in High Technology: Collaborations between Chinese Researchers in Nanotechnology

Authors: R. Leung and J. Li

Affilation: University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

Pages: 584 - 587

Keywords: culture, collaboration, US-China relations

Socio-cultural issues have attracted increasing attention from policy makers in high technology. For example, a certain “culture” of high-tech fear, exemplified by Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel Prey, seems to have emerged in U.S. In this paper, I examine the cultural dimension of nanotechnology in an alternative way. Specifically, I look at how cultural bonds enter into scientific collaborations between ethnic Chinese researchers residing in U.S. and China. In U.S., ethnic Chinese researchers have constituted a large and important workforce. Although collaborations with researchers in China are not geographically convenient, professional journals have published a high number of collaborative studies that involve ethnic Chinese scientists residing in U.S. and China. I analyze the motivations behind such “culturally-based” collaborations. While patriotism plays an important role, new economic opportunities in China have added significant incentives for American Chinese researchers to collaborate with researchers in China. I also discuss the implications of such collaborations in the context of China’s modernization and changing US-China relations.

ISBN: 0-9767985-6-5
Pages: 871
Hardcopy: $119.95