Announcing the 2018-19 HYI Scholars and Fellows


The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to welcome fellowship recipients from major universities in Asia for the 2018-19 academic year:

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

Chen Wei, Professor, School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University, China, “Opportunity Cost of Childbearing in China: A Multi-state LifeTable Analysis”

Ho Ming-sho, Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, “Under the Shadow of China: Comparing the Genesis and the Consequences of Occupy Movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong”

Hoang Giang, Lecturer, Department of Literature, Vietnam National University – Hanoi, Vietnam, “Ecological Discourses in Independent Art Cinema in East Asian Socialist Countries: The Cases of Vietnam and China”

Hong Wei, Associate Professor, Institute of Science, Technology and Society, Tsinghua University, China, “Lay Epistemology of Air Pollution”

Huang Chang-Ling, Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, “Fighting for Seats: The Politics of Gender Quotas in East Asia”  (HYI-Radcliffe Institute Joint Fellowship recipient)

Huang Xiangchun, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Ethnology, Xiamen University, China, “Southeast China’s “Institutional-Ethnic-Cultural Corridor” and Transboundary Mobility in Late Imperial and Modern China

Kang Jin-A, Professor, Department of History, Hanyang University, South Korea, “Business Cooperation between the Cantonese and the British as Transnational Merchant Diaspora in Modern East Asia: Case Study of Tongshuntai (1885-1937) and Taikoo”

Li Yinghua, Professor, Department of Archaeology, Wuhan University, China, “Variability and homogeneity of cultures in term of lithic technology during Late Pleistocene-Holocene transition in South China and Southeast Asia”

Lim Jaehwan, Associate Professor, Department of International Politics, Toyo Bunko, Japan, “The Political Origin of Military Modernization in China: The Cultural Revolution and Rebuilding Party-Military-Society Relations”

Liu Chen, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China, “Renaissance in Reflection: A comparative study of modern Chinese and Western Interpretations”

Lyu Peng, Associate Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China, “Zooarchaeological research on the origin of pastoralist economies in ancient China”

Puangthong Pawakapan, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, “The Thai Military’s Civilian Affairs Projects: From Counter-Insurgency to Counter-Democracy”

Shen Hong, Professor, Department of English, Zhejiang University, China, “Biographical Dictionary of the ABCFM Missionaries in China (Volume Three of the multi-volumed Biographical Dictionary of Protestant Missionaries in China)”

Wang Horng-luen, Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, “Understanding Nationalisms in East Asia: State, War, and Emotion”

Wang Zhen, Associate Professor, Institute of China Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China, “The U.S. Nuclear Diplomacy toward China and India in the 1960-1970s: A Comparative Study”

Yi Na, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “The Poetics of Tibetan Arts and Literature”

Yiu Carine Yuk Man, Associate Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong,  “Word order and word order changes in the history of Chinese dialects”

Zhang Ying, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, China, “Maimonides’ Conception of Nature and Zhu Xi’s Doctrine of Li (理) and Qi (气)”

Zheng Jing, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Wuhan University, China, “Tulou: Understanding a fortress tradition beyond militarization”

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

Duan Nan, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of South Asian Languages, Peking University, China, “India to China: The Evolution of Early Buddhist Visual Narratives”

Zhang Mengyan, Ph.d. Candidate, Department of History, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Department of History, Fudan University, China, “The Dharani Inscription in the Southwest Silk Road–Focus on the Archaeology and Philology Study in Orissa-Assam-Yunnan”

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.


Su Yihui, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China, “Why do some students from secondary vocational schools protest, While others not?”

Wu Jie, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, “Hospital Violence in the workplace: Institutional Responses from professional and local state”

Yang Miaoyan, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Xiamen University, “(Not) Returning Tibet: Aid Politics, Citizenship Education and Identity Construction among Inland Tibet Class Graduates”

Yang Shen, Senior Research Associate, Global China Study, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, “The Occupy Movement in Hong Kong: a Comparative Perspective”

Zhang Shiyu, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ‘Making Citizens: Construction of ‘Idea(s) of Citizenship’ in Modern China (1895-1920)”


Ge Yun, MA Candidate, Institute of Archaeology, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “A comparative study on the early civilization formation patterns between ancient China and Maya”

Ji Youngbae, Researcher, Gaya National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Pusan National University, Korea, “A Study on the Mayan Society based on Its Personal Ornaments”

Park Jiyoung, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Archaeology and Art History, Seoul National University, Korea, “Diverse developmental trajectories of ancient cities and interactions with peripheral area in macroregional perspectives: population fluctuation, settlement patterns, artifact composition and historical records in Mesoamerica and South Korea”

Wang Yifan, MA Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Shandong University, China, “The comparative study between the Classic Maya and Liangzhu civilization by examining the artistic style, symbolic meaning and religious significance of different types of jade artifacts (carved jade, celts, earspools, etc.) among these two civilization”

Wen Yadi, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, “Study of circular jades in Prehistoric Northeast Asia”

Yagi Hiroaki, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Regional Studies, The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan, “The role of commoners’ agency in pre-Hispanic society”

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

Pham Thi Thanh Huyen, Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Vietnam/National University of Singapore

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

Chen Yao, East Asian Art
Cheng Cheng, Politics
Shen Jie, Archaeology
Tang Junchao, Sociology
Yan Yuchen, Cultural Studies

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

Eberhard Guhe, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Fudan University, China, “The Doctrine of the Associate Condition (up¯adhi) in the Up¯adhidarpan. a”
(working with Prof. Paramil Patil)

Kim Jihyun, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Seoul National University, Korea, “Revelations and Daoist Culture in the Late Chosŏn Dynasty”
(working with Prof. James Robson)

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

Ido Misato, Assistant Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technolo.0gy, Japan, “

Matsuzaki Hiroko, Project Researcher, Institute of Humanities and Social Science, Nihon University, Japan, “The Genealogy of Taiwan Children’s Literature: from Nipponophone to Sinophone”

Billy So, Chair Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, “Constitutional naturalism and alienable rights in the legal thoughts of Justice Oliver Holmes (1841-1935), Katō Hiroyuki (1836-1916), and John C.H. Wu (1899-1986)”
(in residence December 2018 and January 2019)

Zhao Weini, Associate Professor, Institute for Disaster Management &Reconstruction, Sichuan University, China, “The Local Support in Disaster Relief: A Study of Sichuan Local Level in Late Qing and the early Republic of China”
(in residence February – November 2018)

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