Announcing the 2017-18 HYI Scholars and Fellows


The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to welcome 46 fellowship recipients from major universities in Asia for the 2017-18 academic year:

Faculty members in the humanities and social sciences at HYI partner institutions undertake 10 months of independent research at Harvard University

Ahn Doohwan*, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Seoul National University, South Korea, “Imperial Crossroads: Great Britain and the United States in the Far East, 1853-1945”
*HYI-Radcliffe Institute Joint Fellowship recipient

Deng Fei, Associate Professor, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, China, “Popularized Landscapes: Pictures of Landscape in Tombs in Yuan China (1271—1368)”

Daisy Yan Du, Assistant Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, “Plasmatic Manchuria: Animated Filmmaking in the Manchukuo Film Association (Man’ei, 1937-1945)”

Gu Zheng, Professor, Journalism School, Fudan University, China, “The Visual Turn in The Political Mobilization of Masses: Photography and Sha fei’s Jin-Cha-Ji Pictoral”

Hsu Hui-Lin, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, “Building a National Literature: A Comparative Reading of Tsuga Teishō’s “Eguchi no yūjo””

Huang Yinghong, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University, China, “Compulsory Development in Developing Societies: A Comparison of Politics of Land Acquisition in India and China”

Koizumi Masatoshi, Professor, Department of Linguistics, Tohoku University, Japan, “A Field-based Cognitive Neuroscientific Study of the Discourse Processing of OS Languages”

Lau Chong-Fuk, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, “Kantian Functionalism: A Study of its Cognitive-Scientific and Cultural-Linguistic Implications”

Liao Yang, Professor, Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China, “The Creations and Changes of Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Context of Cross-Cultural Communications during the 11th -14th Centuries”

Evelyn Chiung-yun Liu, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, “Layered Knowledge, Layered Sentiment: Writing and Cross-Cultural Experience in Early Modern China”

Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Lecturer, Department of Culture Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, “Social Capital and Cultural Empowerment: The Cult of Tianhou in Southern Vietnam”

Tanaka Yoko, Professor, International and Advanced Japanese Studies, University of Tsukuba, Japan, “International Comparison of Long-term Structural Changes in Secure and Precarious Employment”

Tang Xiaobing, Associate Professor, Department of History, East China Normal University, China, “Left-wing Culture and the Chinese Communist Revolution”

Wang Liping, Professor, Department of Political Science, Peking University, China, “Positive Policy in China: more than affirmative action”

Xu Jian, Professor, Department of History, Sun Yat-sen University, China, “Upland Archaeology in Southwest China: an Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approach”

Xu Lanjun, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, “The Cultural Nexus of China–Hong Kong–Southeast Asia: Cinema, Literature and Theatre (1940s-1960s)”

Yang Wenjiang, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Languages, Nankai University, China, “The Historical Development of Japanese Evidentiality”

Zhu Wanrun, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Jilin University, China, “Negative Rights, Nash Equilibria and the Possibility of a Contractarian Theory of Rights”

Advanced Ph.D. candidates at HYI partner institutions conduct dissertation research at Harvard University for one year

Lee Sanghoun, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Asian History, Seoul National University, South Korea, “Silver, State, and Statecraft – Transformation of the Qing State in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century”

Lin Jian, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University, China, “Preaching the Unintelligible: Metaphors in the Lotus Sutra and their Construction, Interpretation and Popularization in Medieval China”

Wang Chuanbo, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Humanities, Zhejiang University, China, “A Study of Tibetan-style Gateway Stupas in China: Early Buddhist Art and Consecration Practices inside Stupas, 13th to 15th centuries”

Yang Xiaodong, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: the Worship of Liu Benzun and Its Material Culture in the Southern Song Dynasty”

This joint doctoral fellowship program with the Institute for Chinese Studies in Delhi aims to encourage Chinese studies in India.      

In residence at HYI for the 2017-18 academic year:

Madhurrendra Jha, Assistant Professor and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, “Analysing the works of Jia Zhangke: a study of the transformation of Chinese cinema from socialist realism to social realism”       

In residence at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China  for the 2017-18 academic year:

Shagufta Yasmin,  Ph.D. candidate, International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, “China’s Environmental Diplomacy: A Study of its Environmental Cooperation with the United States of America and India, 1997-2015”           

Tiasangala, Ph.D. candidate, Centre of Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, “American Foundations in Public Health: Ascension of Soft Power and Free Markets in China and India”

This program seeks to foster a cross-national network of scholars by bringing to HYI students of South Asian Studies in China.

Chi Mingzhou, Ph.D. candidate, Department of South Asian Studies, Peking University, China, “The Study of Direction Theory of Indian Vastu knowledge in Dwellings and Religious buildings”

He Qi, Ph.D. candidate, School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University, China, “The Roots and Mechanisms of Nationalism Formation in the Postcolonial Era — A Case Study of Nagas’ Political Practice in Northeast India”

HYI Training Programs bring together a small group of promising young Asian scholars in particular fields of the humanities and social sciences. Following the conclusion of each program in Asia, a small number of outstanding trainees may be invited to come to the Institute for a one-year research stay during the next academic year.


Chen Siyan, Ph.D. candidate, College of  History, Nankai University, China, “The Transformations of the Knowledge and Practice of Acupuncture and Moxibustion from Late Imperial China to Modern China”


Liu Zhao, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, “The Invention of Tradition and Social Transformations in China: A Comparative Study of Yanan, Jinggangshan, Anyuan and Zhangzhou”

Luo Siqi, Assistant Professor, School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, China, “The active “middle”: Are local Chinese trade unions a real hope?”

Xiao Diwen, Ph.D. candidate, School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, China, “The Politics of Local Social Policy Legislation under the Fragmented Authoritarian Regime: A Comparative Case Study”

Zhou Kai, Assistant Professor, School of Marxism, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, “Contentious Politics and Government Response: Why do Local Governments Respond Differently to Social Protesters in China?”

This fellowship covers the two-year master’s degree in Harvard’s RSEA program.

Chen Yuqian, Sociology
Hong Fan, History
Lin Tao, Political Science
Mok Xiao You, Japanese History
Sun Jie, Chinese Literature
Yamato Narusa, Japanese History

This program provides Harvard faculty with a chance to invite faculty members to join them in collaborative research projects in established Asian Studies.

Jiao Nanfeng, Department of Archaeology, Northwest University, China, “The Conceptual Design of the First Emperor’s Tomb Complex” (working with Prof. Eugene Wang)

Wu Huaizhong, Institute of Japanese Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China, “The Historical Roots and Realistic Variations of Sino-Japan relations: from an International and Comparative Perspective” (working with Prof. Ezra Vogel)

Zhang Changhong, Institute for Tibetan Buddhist Heritage, Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China, “On the Relationship between Wall Painting and Text in the Caves and Monasteries of West Tibet” (working with Prof. Leonard van der Kuijp)

Candidates pursue a Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore, with one year of dissertation research at Harvard University.

Chu Duy Ly, Comparative Asian Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A grant for Asia-based senior scholars who have identified a specific collection of Asian-language materials uniquely available in the Harvard-Yenching Library

Ahn Mun Suk, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Chonbuk National University, South Korea, “People’s Roles in the Political and Social Upheavals in North Korea in the 1940s”

Wang Bing, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, “Classical Chinese Poetry in Southeast Asia Since 1881”

This program allows past HYI affiliates to return to Harvard, with their own funding, to conduct new or additional research in their respective fields.

Lin Wei-ping, Professor, Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, “Island Fantasia: Social Imagination in the Demilitarized Islands between China and Taiwan”

Wu Fengshi, Associate Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (arriving Dec. 2017), “From Peers to a Civic Community: the Ideational Dimension of China’s Civil Society”

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