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Thesis Presentation on April 27: Lihui Wu

Thesis Title: Chinese Square Dance: An Analysis of Its Fast Growth with the Constraint-Effects-Mitigation Model

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence, is pleased to introduce Lihui Wu, Graduate Student in progress, who will be presenting her thesis research.

Chinese square dance or guangchang wu in Chinese is a contemporary, popular practice among middle-aged and elderly Chinese women, with over 100 million practitioners throughout the People’s Republic of China (, 2016; Xiao and Hilton, 2019). The boom of square dance in the country is a rare and persistent phenomenon involving social and political influences such as rapid urbanization, population ageing and government support (Martin and Chen, 2020). Even massive complaints about the space occupation and noise pollution (Liu et al., 2018; Zhou, 2014) of square dance do not reduce these dancers’ passion for this leisure activity or the fact that square dance teams are expanding at a fast pace (Li, 2020). The past literature on this topic focuses on the physical, cognitive and social benefits of square dance and conflicts arising from space occupation and noise pollution. The multi-faceted reasons for the rise of Chinese square dance was seldom fully and thoroughly analyzed in this literature. Incorporating the constraint-effects-mitigation model, this research dug deep into how motivations, leisure constraints, and leisure negotiation interact with one another and finally influence leisure participation.

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Presentation: 5 - 7 pm PDT

Location: SLM classroom - Building 250, Room 105

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