I am a social and cultural historian of modern China. My recent research has centred on the history of forced migration and refugee experience in China and among ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia, as well as on the history of Chinese migration to Southeast Asia. I have also worked previously on the history of education in China and retain a strong interest in the subject.
My most recent book is China and the Overseas Chinese (London and New York: Routledge, 2011). As the title suggests, this book looks at a group of persons in the People's Republic who are known formally and collectively as "domestic overseas Chinese." The "domestic overseas Chinese" are made up of family members of emigrants, emigrants and their descendants who "returned" to China after 1949, and students who went to China after 1949 in order to pursue higher education. The book examines the construction of state policies toward domestic overseas Chinese and looks at their varied and often tumultuous, sometimes tragic experiences during the 1950s and 1960s, up to and including the Cultural Revolution. I have recently embarked on two new research projects. One is an externally funded (SSHRC Standard Research Grant 2011-14) study of refugee movements into and out of the People's Republic of China, with particular emphases on China's Overseas Chinese State Farm system. The other is an internally funded (UBC Hampton Research Fund) study of the role of philanthropy in the making of a "Straits Chinese" identity in Malaya and Singapore during the first half of the twentieth century.
They are among the more than 200 Chinese scholars and students presently studying international relations in the U.S.
In attempting to "capture the feel" of the movement, and succeed mainly in drenching the story in a kind of soppy emotionalism whose images and language seem better suited to a soap opera. Maudlin expressions like "that magical night," "people shed their reticence like unwanted clothing" and the "shining new era of tolerance" permeate the text.
’s triumph is to illuminate an important historical period with the intricacies of the human psyche under siege. The novel paints a delicate portrait of the lives and personalities of seven individuals over a 20-year period from the so-called "hard" years of the early 1960s, through the Cultural Revolution and up to the early 1980s.
More Taishanese live abroad than in itself: there are 1.1 million Chinese worldwide who trace their ancestry to Taishan, but only 960,000 people in the county itself.
In her introduction, translator remarks that the Chinese western resembles the American western in significant respects and that, indeed, Chinese western writers have sought inspiration from American writers like James Fenimore Cooper, Willa Cather and Owen Wister. One obvious source of inspiration is the idea that the vast frontier offers freedom from official restrictions and the chance to flout authority.
International relations; changes in the nation-state system; the emergence and impact of major political ideologies; genocide; decolonization; the globalization of trade; and the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in a global context.
This course explores changes in institutions and ideas in China from the late imperial period (circa 1600) to the present. Approaches are thematic, by periods, and by problems. This course is open to all students; no previous background in Chinese history is required or expected.
Equivalency: ASIA 380