- Peking University
Professor Wang Bo is currently Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute from 2000-2001.
Zhang Wei is Assistant Professor of the Institute of Economics, Nankai University. Her research mainly focuses on Chinese economic history, especially business history since the 18th century. She is the author of Market· Merchant Group· the Development of Traditional Industry—Cases of Groups of Silk-weaving Industry in Shanghai 1900-1930 (People’s Publishing House, 2011). While at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, she will work on a project titled “Commodity Chains and Diversity in Regional Development: Based on research of the market towns in North China (1736-1937)”.
Chuan-Feng Wu serves as an assistant research professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica and a joint appointment assistant professor at the Institute of Health and Welfare Policy, National Yang-Ming University. He received his J.S.D from U.C. Berkeley and LL.M. from Harvard Law School. In addition to degrees in law, he also holds a master's degree in health and welfare policy and a bachelor's degree in public health. His fields of study include health care laws and ethics, international human rights and the right to health, and health care distributive justice. During his stay at the Harvard Yenching Institute, he will evaluate the impacts of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) on the right to health by coordinating a human rights approach and health care distributive justice paradigms.
Motonori Makino currently holds a dual appointment in Tokyo as the Chief Curator of Toyo Bunko Museum and as a Senior Research Fellow of Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library). He earned his B.A. in History from Gakushuin University (formerly Peers School) and then received an M.A. in Area Studies from the University of Tokyo in 1999. Before being awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo in 2009, he spent several years as a graduate student at the University of Paris VII and at the Archives of the Society of Missions Etrangeres de Paris while conducting documental research. During Makino’s stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will comparatively analyze Catholicism across East Asian Countries that share a common socio-cultural background of Chinese characters and Confucianism. This research will expand upon his Vietnam-focused doctoral dissertation, which is titled The Formation and Transformation of Catholic Communities in Northern Vietnam before French Colonization: under the Apostolic Vicariate of Western Tonkin of the Society of Missions Etrangeres de Paris. Before Makino took his present post at Toyo Bunko in 2009, he worked for several years at the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records of the National Archives of Japan under the late Dr. Yoneo Ishii. As Chief Curator of Toyo Bunko Museum, Makino is interested not only in research but also in educational outreach and informational activities on Oriental Studies.
Seung-joon Lee is currently Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, he graduated from Korea University where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Asian history. He moved on to obtain a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Gourmets in the Land of Famine: the Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011) and has published several more articles including “Taste in Numbers: Science and the Food Problem in Republican Guangzhou, 1927-1937,” Twentieth-Century China 35, no. 2 (April 2010) and “Rice and Maritime Modernity: the Modern Chinese State and the South China Sea Rice Trade,” in Francesca Bray, Dagmar Schafer and Edda Fields-Black eds. Rice: a Global History (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). His research focuses on the social, cultural, and political history of food production and consumption in modern East Asia. He is currently preparing a manuscript of his second book, tentatively titled Total War and Food Science in Modern China, 1931-1958.
Taisei Shida is an Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University. Among the broad corpus of Indian classics including religious scriptures, epics, poetry, and tantra, his main interest is in philosophical texts, such as arguments over the proof for the existence of God, ways to justify cognition, and the authorization of scripture. He received his M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Tokyo. His current research focuses on the theory of the eternality of sound. He is aiming to edit an as yet unpublished chapter of a text of Mīmāṃsā school, which is representative of Brahmanic schools. The headstream of Buddhism and other ways of thinking that have been introduced to Japan can be cross-referenced by reading Indian classics. In order to better understand the history of thought in classical India, there is a need for basic philological research, such as editing and translating texts based on the Sanskrit manuscripts preserved in libraries in and outside of India.
Katsuo Nawa is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. He received his B.A. (1990), M.A. (1992), and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Tokyo. Based on his anthropological fieldwork in Far Western Nepal, he has written extensively on inter-ethnic and inter-caste relations, sociocultural transformation and ritual process, and language use and its objectification. His current research interests include ethnohistory of a Himalayan village, politics and poetics of ethnic movements in Nepal, and the time-space construction in Byans and its transformation. During his stay at Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will work on “Rituals, Social Categories, Languages, and History in Byans, Far Western Nepal and Adjacent Regions: An Anthropological Study.”
His major publication in Japanese is Nepal, Byans oyobi Shuhen Chiiki niokeru Girei to Shakai Hanchu ni kansuru Minzokushiteki Kenkyu: Mouhitotu no ‘Kindai’ no Fuchi (An Ethnographic Study on Rituals and Social Categories of Byans, Nepal and Adjacent Regions: Another Constellation of 'Modernity') (Sangensha, 2002) which won the 30th Shibusawa prizes in 2004. In addition he co-edited (with Hiroshi Ishii and David N. Gellner) two volumes of books, Nepalis Inside and Outside Nepal: Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia Vol. 1, and Political and Social Transformations in North India and Nepal: Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia Vol. 2 (Manohar, 2007). He is also a co-editor of Asian Anthropology.
Vivian Teng is a professor of Comparative Literature at South China Normal University. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. all from Peking University (1995-2005). Her main research interests focus on translation studies and cultural studies. She has published one book and a dozen papers on the history of Chinese translations of Hispanic literature. She is also a newspaper columnist and publishes essays on films and books.
Waka Aoyama is currently an associate professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication at Hokkaido University of Japan. Born in Sapporo and raised in Fujisawa, Japan, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Commerce from Keio University of Japan. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tokyo of Japan in 2002. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on the adaptive process of indigenous peoples in the urban market economy. Her first book, “An Ethnography of Poverty: Socio-economic Life of Five Sama Families in Davao City, Philippines” was published in 2006 by the University of Tokyo Press and earned academic awards. During her stay at HYI, she will enhance her theoretical and analytical framework to write books as well as compile a database on the Sama-Bajau people in Southeast Asia.
Hui-Hung Chen is currently an associate professor of the Department of History at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. She is currently writing a book entitled Encounters and Communications with Objects: Jesuit Visual and Material Culture in China, 1582-1700. This research is partially based upon her Ph.D. dissertation: “Encounters in Peoples, Religions, and Sciences: Jesuit Visual Culture in Seventeenth Century China” (Brown University, U.S.A., 2004). Hui-Hung began her study of Early Modern European art and history at Brown University, focusing on Christian art and its traditions, the Jesuits and Counter Reformation, as well as cross-cultural encounters between Europe and China. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, then began her current job at National Taiwan University in February 2005. Her article entitled “The Human Body as a Universe: Understanding Heaven by Visualization and Sensibility in Jesuit Cartography in China,” published in The Catholic Historical Review, was awarded The Peter Guilday Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association, U.S.A. in 2008.
1. 〈利瑪竇研究的過往及思考：兼論幾本新著及利瑪竇史料〉, Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies 臺灣東亞文明研究學刊 10 (1): 261-297 (June 2013) (Taipei). (Peer-review journal article, in Chinese, English translation title: “Rethinking the Studies on Matteo Ricci: Reviews and Sources.”)
2. Review of The Jesuit Mission to New France: A New Interpretation in the Light of the Earlier Jesuit Experience in Japan, by Takao Abé, Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2): 672-673 (2013).
3. Review of A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610, by R. Po-chia Hsia, The Catholic Historical Review 98 (1): 182-83 (2012).