Assoc Professor David Schak earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He has an association with Chinese society going back to 1959, is fluent in Mandarin, and has completed a wide variety of studies of Chinese society. These include dating as a new form of mate selection, poverty and mobility, Chinese beggars, Chinese business culture and management style, and Chinese and Taiwanese civil society. His present project examines the links between socially-engaged Buddhism, on one hand, and social capital, civil society and citizen-level political participation. He has published two authored and two edited books and a number of scholarly papers.