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Ya-Wen Lei

Ya-Wen Lei is a Professor of sociology at Harvard University, and author of THE GILDED CAGE: Technology, Development, and State Capitalism in China. Lei is from Taiwan and is affiliated with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.


Caging the Tech Capitalists

Jack Ma's provocative speech in October 2020 gave China the justification it needed to tame its unruly tech giants. But Beijing was already pretty far along in the process of building the bureaucratic tools it would need to initiate a crackdown — meaning when the...