Recent Alumni News
June 2013 – Yao Dadui (VF 2011-12) received his PhD in Literature from Sun Yat-sen University in June 2013. He will be a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University in the fall. This June he will attend The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS8) in Macao, where he will present a paper on the Chinese assistants of foreign missionaries, their obscure authorship and their ambiguous identity in the writing process of the 19th century Chinese Christian literature. In July 2013 he will attend the annual conference of The International Association for Comparative study of China and the West (held at Peking University), presenting on “Translated Christianity: Illustrations and Indigenization in 19th century Chinese Christian Novels.” Dr. Yao finished both papers (chapters from his dissertation) during his time at the Institute.
May 2013 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Zhu Xufeng (VS 2008-09) moved to the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University at the end of 2012. He was formerely a professor at the Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University.
February 2013 – Former HYI Grassroots Training Program Visiting Fellow Zhang Han is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science, Tsinghua University. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong in 2012.
January 2013 – Former HYI Visiting Fellow Ido Misato (2010-11) was recently appointed Project Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo.
December 2012 – The dissertation of former HYI Visiting Fellow Tran Phuong Hoa (VF 2008-09) has been awarded first prize of the Pham Than Duat Prize (Association of Vietnamese Historians). In addition, her monograph Giao duc Phap-Viet o Bac Ky, 1884-1945 ("Franco-Vietnamese Education in Tonkin, 1884-1945") was recently published by the Khoa Hoc Xa Hoi Publishing House.
Former HYI Visiting Scholar Jeong Jong-Ho (VS 2008-09) was recently appointed Dean of International Affairs at Seoul National University.
October 2012 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Won Jaeyoun (VS 2011-12) is organizing a panel on "Other Modernities in East Asia" at the December 2012 Hong Kong Sociological Association meeting. Also participating on the panel are former Visiting Fellows Pan Lü (VF, Urban Studies Training Program 2011-12), An Yelee (VF 2010-11), Jia Wenjuan (VF, Grassroots Training Program 2011-12) and Visiting Scholar Wang Guoqin (VS, Grassroots Training Program 2011-12)
September 2012 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Sato Fumika (VS 2011-12) has had her paper, "A Camouflaged Military: Japan's Self-Defense Forces and Globalized Gender Mainstreaming" published in Japan Focus. The paper is a revised version of her talk given during her stay as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
August 2012 – The Taiwanese Harvard-Yenching Alumni Group has issued an activity report from the previous year. With HYI support, they held an international seminar on “Rediscovering Nüshu” in October 2011, and two participants are now in the process of co-editing the conference papers into a volume. To read the Taiwan Alumni report, click here.
July 2012 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Peng Guoxiang (VS 2007-08) was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity from May-August, 2012.
March 2012 – Several of the papers presented at "Japan in Crisis: From Aftershock to Aftercare", a HYI-sponsored workshop organized by Kinnia Yau Shuk-Ting (VS 2010-11), have been released as a special issue of The Asia-Pacific Journal, titled "Responding to Disaster: Japan’s 3.11 Catastrophe in Historical Perspective: Special Issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal." The full issue is available at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Yau-Shuk_ting__Kinnia/3711
November 2011 – Former HYI Doctoral Scholar Kabashima Ikuo (Harvard DSP 1977-79) is the current Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Click here to read the Social Science Research Council article "Professor-Turned-Governor Ikuo Kabashima".
October 2011 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Kinnia Yau Shuk-Ting (VS 2010-11) is Editor of the recently published book East Asian Cinema and Cultural Heritage: From China, Hong Kong, Taiwan to Japan and South Korea ( New York: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2011).
August 2011 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Peng Guoxiang (VS 2007-08) moved to Peking University from Tsinghua University and is jointly affiliated with the Philosophy Department and the newly established Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies (IAHS). He is a professor of Chinese philosophy, religions and intellectual history in the Philosophy Department and a research fellow and director of the Center for Cultural China Studies at the IAHS.
July 2011 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Zhu Xufeng (VS 2008-09) will have his paper on China's think tanks published in the next issue of The China Quarterly (Vol. 207, Sept, 2011). The paper, entitled "Government Advisors or Public Advocates? Roles of Think Tanks in China from the Perspective of Regional Variations", was written during his stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and was first presented at the Harvard Fairbank Center Seminar in 2008. Professor Zhu is currently at the Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University.
May 2011 – Former HYI Visiting Scholar Jeong Jong-Ho (VS 2008-09) will have his paper on the restructuring of migrant settlements in Beijing published in the journal Habitat International in July 2011. The paper, titled "From illegal migrant settlements to central business and residential districts: Restructuring of urban space in Beijing’s migrant enclaves", was first presented during his year as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute. Professor Jeong is currently at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University.
Former HYI Visiting Scholar Cao Jin (VS 2009-10) recently co-taught a class on gender and sexuality with Harvard Professor Bradley Epps. The class was taught at Fudan University, where Professor Cao teaches in the School of Journalism. To view a picture of the class, please click here.
Professor Jiang Bowei (Coordinate Research Scholar, 2009-10) and Professor Michael Szonyi (Professor of Chinese History, Harvard) have recently published an article together: 国家、地方社会とジェンダー政策——戦地金門の女性の役割およびイメージの再現 ("Nation-state, Local society, and Gender Policy: Reproduction of Female Roles and Representations in Militarized Jinmen"). It appeared in 地域研究, Vol. 11 No 1 (2011), pp 88-128. This article was written while Prof. Jiang was a Coordinate Research Scholar at HYI, working with Professor Szonyi of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
[Due to an update to our website, alumni news from 2010 and early 2011 has been misplaced. We are working to fix this problem.]
November 2009 - Jun Qian (HYI Scholar 1996-97; Dept. of English, Peking University) was awarded the Jan Masaryk Bronze Medal in September 2009. The medal was established by the Czech Department of Foreign Affairs and is awarded to those who have made a remarkable contribution in promoting Czech culture in a foreign country. In Professor Qian's case, he was awarded for introducing to China the study of the Prague School. Professor Jun Qian's research project during his year at Harvard (1996-97) eventually led to the production of an award-winning monograph (1998) which was the first in China to cover the Prague School.
April 2009 - Chu Guofei (Visiting Fellow 2007-2008) returned to Beijing in January 2009, where she will graduate this summer. After receiving her degree she will begin employment as an Editor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Review(中国社会科学院院报), a newspaper published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with an audience of scholars and students in China.
January 2009 — Dr. Chang So-an (張壽安) , Research Fellow, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, was a coordinate researcher with the Harvard-Yenching Institute during the academic year 2002-03. She came back to Harvard for a short term research stay, and visited us in January 2009.
October 2008 — Huang Chungao (HYI Visiting Scholar 00-01, Associate 01-02) was in town for a short visit. A visiting Fulbright scholar at Brown University for AY2008-09, Dr. Huang is currently doing a project about medieval studies in USA during the 20th century. He is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Peking University, where he teaches medieval history. Our warmest welcome and best wishes to Dr. Huang!