Qing Zhang is an Assoc. Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her research concerns the role of language in contexts of social change and globalization. Specifically, her work has dealt with the entanglements of linguistic practice and rapid socio-economic transformations in China. As a country changing from a formerly destratified and decommodified society to one with the emergence of many social strata and a sweeping consumerism, contemporary China presents an unprecedented testing ground for examining the role of linguistic practice in social-economic-political transformations.