I am a cultural historian of China. I am interested in how the ideas of “China” and “Chineseness” have evolved over time, and I am intrigued by how the sociology of culture—the production, transmission, and consumption of beliefs and practices—has shaped not only how the boundaries of China have been drawn but also how China itself has been historicized. While my research has been centered on the later imperial period, I have maintained a strong interest in the more recent past, especially as it pertains to the formation and transformation of identities in what might be broadly referred to as the Sinophone world.

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Winter 2017

ASIA320 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

Winter 2017

ASIA373 History of Hong Kong Sections

History, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the early 1800s to the present.

Winter 2017

ASIA440 Cultural History of Imperial China Sections

An in-depth examination of the construction, transmission, and transformation of Chinese culture(s) prior to 1800. Completion of at least 9 credits of 300- or 400-level ASIA recommended prior to registration. Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 440 or HIST 479.