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US-China Forum 2021: Addressing Inequality and Promoting Social Welfare

Social Inequality and Policies of Inclusion and Exclusion

Social Inequality and Policies of Inclusion and Exclusion

Thursday, November 18, 2021

6:00-8:00pm CST

Both the US and China have powerful economies and growing household wealth. But along with economic growth both countries have experienced significant increases in inequality. This includes inequality in income and wealth, but also unequal access to services, supports, and opportunity, including in education, employment, housing, representation, and influence. In the US, inequality is significantly tied to issues of race, with people of color (Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans in particular) more likely to be poor, living in substandard housing and under-resourced neighborhoods, with limited access to quality education and economic opportunity, and disproportionately represented in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. In China, there is significant inequality between rural and urban areas, and rural migrants in urban areas are often excluded from access to services and support by virtue of their household registration. This panel will explore different dimensions of inequality in each country and some of the policy and practice responses being embraced in each.