GW event: The Rice Theory of Culture


Speaker: Thomas Talhelm, doctoral candidate in cultural psychology at the University of Virginia
When: Thursday, January 22, 12-1pm
Where: 1957 E Street NW, 5th floor, conference room 501, Washington, DC, 20052

*Light lunch with be provided but seating is limited, so RSVP is required.

Talhelm will present findings from his research showing that Han China has distinct northern and southern cultures. He finds that southern Chinese show more interdependence and loyalty toward friends compared to the more individualist northern Han. These differences fall along the traditional dividing line between rice (south) and wheat (north) agriculture. Talhelm draws on the different labor production patterns between rice and wheat agriculture, emphasizing rice’s unique irrigation and labor requirements that require cooperation among farmers.

Talhelm is the lead author of the study on which this talk is based; findings appeared in the May 9, 2014 issue of the journal Science.

Sponsored by:

The Culture in Global Affairs Program of the Institute for Global and International Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University, Washington, DC

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