Ms. Yang will investigate the role women's groups have played in the development of civil society in China. How and why have modern Chinese women's groups come to play a leading role in shaping China's civil society? She hopes that her project will lead to a better understanding of the development of civil society in China, which will, in turn, help us better envisage China's future development and identify the country's place in the world. At Fudan University, Ms. Yang hopes to consult with its first-rate faculty and use its many library resources. She will also visit the Shanghai City and National archives and avail herself of local publications and Chinese government documents that are not available outside of the country.