Gu Songjie is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of History and Culture, Minzu University of China. Born in Xinjiang Province, she obtained her B.A. in Manchu Literacy and History (2004) and her M.A. in History (2007), both from Minzu University of China. Her M.A. thesis looked at garrisons of the Eight Banners of Huncun in the Qing Dynasty. Her Ph.D. dissertation, which she plans to complete during her stay at HYI, also looks at this subject.
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.
Sei Jeong Chin is a historian of modern China, specializing in political, social and cultural history as well as legal history in 20th century China. She is currently working on a new project on the Chinese propaganda during the Korean War (1950-1953). At the same time, she is revising her dissertation into a book manuscript, which explores the transformation of the media culture and its impact on the changes of the relations between the state and the political dissidents from the Nationalist period (1927-1949) to the early PRC (1949-1957).
She received her B.A. and M.A. from Ewha Womans University, and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She worked as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the U.S. (2007-2008) and taught various courses on Chinese history. During her graduate years at Harvard, she spent a year in China as a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and did her field research in various cities including Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Chongquing in China and Taibei in Taiwan.
“Print Capitalism, War, and the Remaking of the Mass Media in 1930s China,” Modern China, Forthcoming.
“Shanghai Media Culture under the Japanese Occupation, 1941-1945 (Rijun zhanlingxia de shanghaimeitiwenhua dezhuanbian日军占领下的上海媒体文化的转变， 1941-1945),” The Studies of Anti-Japanese War 抗日战争研究, Dec. 2010.
“Politics of Trial, the News Media and Social Network in Nationalist China: The New Life Weekly Case, 1935,” Jean Oi and Nara Dillon Eds. At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai (Stanford University Press, 2007)
Jishun Zhang is a professor of history at East China Normal University and an adjunct professor of Fudan University. She earned her BA (1982) and MA (1985) at Beijing Normal University and a PhD in Law from Fudan University in 1998. She taught at Fudan University from 1985-2000 and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC-Berkeley (1994-1995). Professor Zhang jointed ECNU in 2000. Her research focuses on the history of urban Shanghai during the ROC and PRC periods. She has published the book Chinese Intellectuals’ Views on America, 1943-1953 (1999) and numerous articles.
Yang Luwei is a MA student in history at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. He received his B.E. from Nankai University in 2010. His research interests broadly span cultural history, gender study and medical history in Modern China, from late imperial period to 1950s. He is now researching the cultural history of pain in childbirth and the campaign and propaganda of the Soviet painless childbirth in 1950s China.
Liu Yanwen is a PhD student in the Department of History, East China Normal University. Her dissertation is on “Water conservancy, society and politics: the study of Yintao Water Project in Gansu Province (1958-1962)”. Her research interests include modern Chinese history, particularly the Great Leap Forward and Famine and the "Four Clean-Ups" movement.
Chen Guiming is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Sun Yat-sen University. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the social and cultural history of Gujiao District, Shanghang County, West Fujian from the Late Qing to the 1950s. Combining methods from history and anthropology, and using both official and local records, it explores the specific manifestation of modern political power at the local level and local responses. Ultimately, it aims to shed light on the relationship between the Communist political culture and the transformation of rural society.
Mr. Theara Thun was born in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. In 2008, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia. In 2009, he received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation to pursue an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Returning to Cambodia in July 2011, he was recruited as a lecturer in the Department of History of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). In August 2012, he was awarded a HYI-NUS Joint Doctoral Scholarship. His research interests include the cultural and political history of mainland Southeast Asia.
Thun, Theara. “PREAH VIHEAR: La zone toujours militarisée, dix mois après la décision de la CIJ”, Lepetitjournal.com-Cambodge, 22, May 2012
Thun, Theara. Khmer Rouge Children’s Songs. ASIAN REVIEW. Vol.21, 2008. Institute on Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University.