China has a rich history that spans countless centuries, making a study of its cultural practices over time an extraordinarily interesting academic endeavour. I look forward to supporting my students to learn about the significant political, military and social discourses that have shaped this world power - and its many dynamic dynasties.
A China historian with a primary research interest in the Ming period (1368-1644), I have published well-received books and articles on the political, military and social aspects of the penultimate Chinese dynasty. My ten-year stint in Hong Kong stimulated a second research interest in the history of teacher education in the first special administrative region of China. After jointly completing an annotated translation of a seventeenth-century Chinese memoir, I have begun collaboratively working on a book project on chaste women of late imperial China.
My teaching career has taken me from Nanjing to Hong Kong and finally to London. Since joining Huron in the summer of 2005, I have taught more than ten courses on the history of China, East Asia, and the World. Seven of them, i.e. “China: Current Issues in Historical Context,” “Women in East Asia,” “Chinese Woman Biography,” “Crime and Punishment in Imperial China,” “Political Assassination,” “War and Memory in East Asia,” and “Sex, Law, and Society in Imperial China,” were designed and introduced after my arrival.
Universities and Degrees awarded:
- D., East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
- A., History, Nanjing University
- A., Politics, Nanjing Normal University
Summary of Research:
- Nanjing in the Ming Dynasty
- Late Ming Literati and Their Social Worlds
- Chaste Women in Late Imperial China
- History of Education in Hong Kong
The Romance of a Literatus and His Concubine in Seventeenth-Century China. With Lifang He. Hong Kong: Proverse Hong Kong, 2019. 224 pp.
Zhonghua Tongli (Complete Chinese Calendars). With Wang Shuanghuai et al. Xi’an: Shaanxi Normal University Press, 2018. 10 vols., 4,489 pp.
China’s Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2014 & 2017. 217 pp.
Zongle de Kunhuo. Translation of The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Beijing: Sanlian shudian, 2004, 332 pp.; Taipei: Linking Publishing Company, 2004, 388 pp.; Guilin: Guangxi Normal University, Press, 2016, 353 pp.
Xianggang Jiaoyu Shi (History of Education in Hong Kong). With Xiong Xianjun. Changsha: Hunan People’s Press, 2010, 554 pp; Hong Kong: Ling Kee Publishing Company, 2008, 640 pp.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Selected):
“A Ming Minister’s Advice on Controlling and Selecting Military Commanders.” Journal of Chinese Military History, Vol 11, No. 1 (April 2022), pp. 1-37.
“The Beginning of the Zheng He Voyages: Nanjing and the Indian Ocean, 1405-1433.” The Chinese Historical Review, Vol 26, No. 1 (Spring 2019), pp. 1-19.
“Between Resistance and Collaboration: The Third Way of Mao Xiang (1611-1693).” In Ihor Pidhainy et al, eds., Representing Lives in China: Forms of Biography in the Ming-Qing Period (Ithaca: Cornell University East Asia Program, 2018), pp. 115-139.
“Literati Statecraft and Military Resistance during the Ming-Qing Transition: The Case of the Possibility Society.” The Chinese Historical Review, Vol. 19, No. 2 (2012), pp. 87-106.
“The Military Functions of the Southern Capital in Ming China.” Monumenta Serica: Journal of Oriental Studies, Vol. 55 (2007), pp. 133-156.
“The Political Functions of the Southern Capital in Ming China.” Ming Studies, No. 54 (2006), pp. 71-106.
“The Military Triumvirate in the Southern Capital of the Ming Dynasty.” Ming Studies, No. 37 (1997), pp. 7-21.
“The Gazetteer of the Nanjing Ministry of Revenue: The Record of an Auxiliary Capital department in the Ming Dynasty.” Journal of East Asian Library, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1994), pp. 7-21.