In my dissertation, "Serving the Occupation State: Republican Chinese Elites and the Challenge of Invasion," I examine the careers of two Chinese intellectuals, Chu Minyi and Kiang Kang-hu, in order to understand how their careers over the course of the 1910s, 20s and 30s, shaped their eventual decision to join the Wang Jingwei regime in collaboration with Japan during the Second World War. Over the course of my project, I have reached out to the descendants of several other collaborators, and this in turn has strengthened my interest in the war's causes and its legacy, especially as seen in the lives of those who experienced it. This has led to additional research examining the manipulation of memory in postwar China and the changing perceptions of wartime events, including the Nanjing Massacre.
Alongside my dissertation reserarch, I am co-organizer (along with Craig A. Smith and Norman Smith) of "Translating the Japanese Occupation of China," a collaborative project funded by the Socials Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as UBC's Institute for Asian Research and the History Department. This ongoing project will introduce translations of important texts from the occupation period to a broader audience, and has resulted in two summer workshops held at UBC in 2016 and 2017.