B.A. Honours Project: “Manchu Identity and Sinicization: Han Merchants in Xinjiang During the Qianlong Period (1736 to 1795)” (2017)
Chen Tianpei grew up in Urumqi, China, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hong Kong Baptist University where she has developed a passion for borderlands and frontiers history. Born and raised in Urumqi, where multiple ethnic groups of people, such as Uighurs, Kazakhstan, Mongolians, and Han have lived for centuries, Tianpei is sensitive and open-minded to the differences and similarities among various types of people. In Hong Kong, she had a chance to study and work with people from around the world and understand the value of different cultures. Being both the “insider” and “outsider” of her hometown, Tianpei has gained new perspectives and curiosities to reevaluate issues among the various ethnic groups in Xinjiang. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts degree in History at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on Han people, ethnic minorities, and ethnic policies in borderlands in late imperial China.