Announcing the 2021-22 HYI Scholars and Fellows

Announcements

The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to welcome fellowship recipients from major universities in Asia for the 2021-22 academic year

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

Asano Toyomi, Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, “Normalizing process of bilateral relations between post-war Japan and South Korea: focusing on Edwin Reischauer’s role in the development of the Allied reparation policies for dismantling Japanese Empire and building a region”

Baba Norihisa, Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, “Buddhist Strategies of Legitimation: Buddhaghosa, the Mahāvihāra, and the Struggle for Supremacy in Medieval Sri Lanka”

David Cheng Chang, Associate Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, “Between Worlds: China’s WWII Interpreters and Their Divergent Fates in China, Taiwan, and the United States” (HYI-Radcliffe Institute Joint Fellowship recipient)

He Zhaohui, Professor, Institute for Advanced Confucian Studies, Shandong University, “Woodblock Printing from the Perspective of Global History”

Keng Ching, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chengchi University, “From “One Mind at One Moment” to “Multiple Minds at One Moment”: Buddhist Philosophy of Consciousness and Beyond”

Liao Cancan, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, “Confucianism and Western Learning in Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties in China: A view from a perspective of cultural exchange”

Liu Wenjin, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, East China Normal University, “Confronting Evil: Individual Responsibility and Spiritual Transcendence from Jewish and Chinese Perspectives”

Nakamura Naofumi, Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, “The First Globalization and the Development of Japan’s Railways: Focusing on the US-East Asian Locomotive Trade, 1869-1930”

Nakanishi Tatsuya, Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, “Reforging “Chinese” Islam in the Nineteenth Century: Hui Muslims’ Responses to Global Islamic Trends”

Wang Chih-ming, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, “Rearticulations: Trajectories of Foreign Literature Studies in Taiwan”

Wang Junyang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Shandong University, “Maintaining Social Stability to Ensure Regime Stability: The historical transition of China’s security apparatus evidenced from central documents”

Wang Shu-Li, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, “Archaeological Practice, Heritage Discourse and Place Making in China”

Xiong Wenbin, Professor, Center for Tibetan Studies & Department of Archaeology, Sichuan University, “A Study of Buddhist Art Monuments in Western Tibet during the 10th – 13th Centuries”

Yang Lichao, Associate Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, “Reflecting on Children’s experience of poverty in Beijing”

Yang Mengmeng, Assistant Professor, Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “The syntax of zhi and er in Old Chinese”

Zheng Lu, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University, “Transformation and Upgrading of China’s Manufacturing Sectors: The Divergent Paths of Jinjiang’s and Putian’s Shoe Industry”

HYI TRAINING PROGRAMS:
HYI Training Programs bring together a small group of promising young Asian scholars in particular fields of the humanities and social sciences.

BUDDHISM AND ETHNICITY IN THE PERIOD OF THE SIXTEEN KINGDOMS AND NORTHERN DYNASTIES TRAINING PROGRAM VISITING FELLOW:

Wang Kang, PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, Peking University, “Impure Land, Pure Land and Nirvana: The New Destinations of Chinese People in the Northern and Southern Dynasties”

CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES TO DEVELOPMENT IN UPLAND REGIONS OF VIETNAM: IMPACT ON ETHNIC MINORITY PEOPLES TRAINING PROGRAM VISTING FELLOW:

Bui Viet Thanh, Researcher, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Ho Chi Minh City, “A Visual Anthropology of French Photographic Construction of Vietnam’s Central Highlands (1840-1945)”

LINGUISTIC AND SEMIOTIC ANTHROPOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM VISITING FELLOWS AND VISITING SCHOLARS:
Led by Professor Nicholas Harkness, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Asai Yuichi, Senior Assistant Professor, Institute of Engineering, Division of Language and Culture Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, “Fijian Song Making Practice as Reported Speech of “Sacred/Evil” Words and its Relationship with the Contemporary Theological Context of Christianity”

Christian Albert Go, PhD candidate, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, “Queerly Spaced: The semiotic landscape of the Metro Manila Pride March”

Inouchi Ayumi, PhD candidate, International and Advanced Japanese Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, “Bonding through Speech Play among Youth in a Globalizing Japan: Focusing on the Usage of Korean, Japanese, and Emojis as Translocal Communication Resources”

Charisma K Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sikkim University, “Kanchenjunga as Witness: Semiotics of Buddhist Paraphernalia in Sikkim”

Liu Yin, PhD candidate, School of English, University of Hong Kong, “Communication inequality: A study of voices of and about Chinese migrant workers”

Sun Rui, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Living a Perishable Life in Accelerationist China: Flowers, Time, and Aesthetics”

Tsuchida Madoka, PhD candidate, Department of Cultural Anthropology, The University of Tokyo, “Poetics of the Bodies: Sign Language, Dance, and Playfulness in a “Deaf Village””

Xue Chen, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Languages, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, “Clothing of Everyday Life Culture in China: Approaches of Semiotics”

Zhao Xingzhi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Sichuan University, “Gift Giving in China: A Social Semiotic Analysis”

NUS-HYI JOINT DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:
Candidates pursue a Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore, with one year of dissertation research at Harvard University.

In residence at HYI:

Chu Duy Ly, PhD Candidate, Comparative Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore, and Lecturer, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Ho Chi Minh City, “Hydropower Dams and Nation-Building in Postcolonial Asia: a Case Study of Da-Nhim Hydroelectric Power Dam in South Vietnam from a Comparative Perspective”

In residence at NUS:

Thanat Preeyanont, History, Thammasat University

Rosa Yi, Department of Economic Development, Royal University of Phnom Penh, “Understanding Truncated Agrarian Transition in Cambodia: Migration, Precarity, and the Smallholders”

CHINESE STUDIES IN INDIA PROGRAM:
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 2021-22 academic year:

Shanky Chandra, Research Scholar, Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “Socio-Political and Cultural Factors in the Making of Chinese Science Fiction Writer Liu Cixin: Understanding The Three Body Problem”

Md Yasin, PhD candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “China in United Nations: Domestic Debates and Participation of China”

In residence at HYI partner universities in China (travel permitting) for the 2021-22 academic year: 

Pawan Damodar Amin, PhD candidate, Center for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “China and the United Nations: Discourse Analysis on Human Rights and Disarmament”

Shubhda Gurung, PhD candidate, Center for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “Interconnected Histories: India and China in the works of Ji Xianlin”

Akshay Bhambri, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, “After the Revolution, After Colonialism: Comparing the Politics of Medical Knowledge in China and India”

INDIAN STUDIES IN CHINA PROGRAM:
This program seeks to foster a cross-national network of scholars by bringing to HYI students of South Asian Studies in China.

Chen Liangdong, PhD Candidate, School of Arts and Communication, Beijing Normal University, “Research on the Secularization of Bollywood Cinema”

Duan Bin, PhD Candidate, Department of History, East China Normal University, “The Normalization of Sino-India Relations, 1970-1990”

Wang Xuan, PhD Candidate, Department of South Asian Studies, Peking University, “The Finite Description and Infinite Perfection: The Metaphors Related to Bodhisattva in The Kāśyapa-parivarta”

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

Ma Min, Professor and Director, Institute of Modern Chinese History, Central China Normal University, “History of A Female Medical Missionary in Chengdu——A Case Study about Dr. Marian Manly and Her Works”, working with Prof. Elizabeth Perry

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

Jia Wenjuan, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Shanghai University, “The Material Basis of China’s Authoritarian Resilience——Socialism Social Contract, Practical Community and the Survival of a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise during Dramatic Social Change (1949-2019)”

REGIONAL STUDIES – EAST ASIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:
This fellowship covers the two-year master’s degree in Harvard’s RSEA program.

Lin Tienwen,  History

Liu Mengqiu, Comparative and World Literature

Ng Qi Siang, International Relations

Qin Si (Celine), Sociology

Wang Yuhao, Chinese Politics

Wu Cheng-Ting, Chinese Literature

 

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