Announcing the 2022-23 HYI Scholars and Fellows


The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to welcome fellowship recipients from major universities in Asia for the 2022-23 academic year

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

Paul Sung Kwang Cha, Assistant Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong, “Constructing a Wholesome Countryside: How Korea became the Nexus of a Global Religious Cold War”

Chan Chi Keung, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, “Seeking the Lost Mind: The Moral Psychology of Evil in Neo-Confucian Philosophy”

Chu Xiaobai, Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, East China Normal University, “Christianity and Chinese Modernity: The Image of Jesus Christ in Republican China (1919–1949)”

Gao Jie, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, “Transformation of the Socialist Planning System in Post-Mao China”

Ito Asei, Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science,  University of Tokyo, “Toward a Digital Emerging Economy: A Comparative Study of Technology-Led Transformation in Asia”

Amporn Jirattikorn, Associate Professor, Department of Social Science and Development, Chiang Mai University, “Masculinity for Sale: Shan Migrant Male Sex Workers in Thailand and Queer Sex Work”

Li Chunyuan, Associate Professor, History Department, Xiamen University, “Study the Prices in the Yuan Dynasty by Textual Interpretation: a new path for constructing economic data of the pre-modern China”

Li  Zhiying, Associate Professor, Center for Tibetan Studies, Sichuan University
“The Great Supreme One: The Rhetoric of Manchu and Tibetan Narratives during the Qing Dynasty” 

Jane Lim, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University, “Narrative Trafficking: Imitating China in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, 1704-1785”

Lin Tsui-Chuan, Professor, Department of Communication, National Chengchi University, “Mitigating infodemic crisis: Health misinformation, digital literacy and trust in United States and Taiwan”

Matsui Takeshi, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University, “A Historical Analysis of De-ethnicization of Japanese Cuisine in the US”

Namigata Tsuyoshi, Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University, “Expanding the Modern: Japanese Modernism, Exoticism, and Imperial Literature from the 1930s to the 1940s”

Eva Nga Shan Ng, Assistant Professor, School of Chinese, University of Hong Kong, “The right to a fair trial: Mitigating linguistic disadvantage”

Phan Anh Tu, Vice Dean, Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Ho Chi Minh City, “The Cultural and Diplomatic Relations between China and the Empire of Funan in the Early Historical Period of Southeast Asia: A Study Based on Ancient Texts and Archeological Findings”

Sakai Norifumi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University, “Between the Canon and the field: A comparative study of pre-modern and modern Daoist rituals”

Shiroyama Tomoko, Research Fellow, Toyo Bunko, and Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo, “The Port of Shanghai and Modern China: Environment and Political Economy of the Waters, 1870–1937” (HYI-Radcliffe Institute Joint Fellowship recipient)

Suh Jae-Jung, Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University, “Nationalist Diatribes or Transnational Dialogues? “History Problems” and Regional Orders in Northeast Asia”

Tsai Yu-Yueh, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, “Indigenous DNA as a Metaphor: Ancestry, Race, Ethnicity, and Biological Citizenship in Taiwan”

Wei Wei, Professor, Department of Sociology, East China Normal University, “Family Matters: Queer Politics in Contemporary China”

Yoshio Hitomi, Associate Professor, Global Studies in Japanese Cultures Program, Waseda University, “The Birth of Women Writers: Authorship, Publishing, and Translation in Modern Japan”

Zhang Changdong, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Peking University, “Society in State: Mutual Transformation of Government and NGOs in China”

Zhou Zhenyu, Associate Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “The origin and diffusion of Austronesian languages family: from the perspective of archaeological discoveries in Southeast China”


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


Led by Emmanuel Akyeampong, Ellen Gurney Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies; Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies, Harvard University

Jiang Qi, PhD candidate, Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University, “The Monarchy’s Influence on the Process of Moroccan Political Modernization (1956-2021)”

Ohira Wakiko, PhD candidate, Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, The University of Tokyo, “Institutional Transformation of Traditional Authority: The Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and Museveni’s Regime”

Yamazaki Nobuko, Research Fellow, Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, “Revisiting African frontier: Diversity of carrier choices in remote/marginalized area in northern Uganda caused by improvement of road and railway infrastructure”

Zou Yujun, PhD candidate, School of International Studies, Peking University, “Education, Youth Politics, and international development cooperation in Uganda (1997-2021)”

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

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”


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

In residence at HYI partner universities in Asia for the 2022-23 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”

Mishra Prabhat, PhD Candidate, Center for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “AI Innovation, Implementation and Regulation in China, India and the US”

Saloni Sharma , PhD Candidate, Chinese Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “Contemporary Chinese Literature and Literary Criticism”

Shashwat Singh , PhD Candidate, Center for International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “Systematic IR and Interstate Relations in Indian and Chinese Political Thought and Theory”


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

Liu Liu, PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, “An Attempt to Restore the Four Jhānas Taught by the Buddha and the Ultimate Liberation”

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

Li Yue, Associate Professor, School of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University, “Horses and Human Societies Along the Ancient Silk Roads”

Zhu Huiling, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Capital Normal University,  “Meritocracy in the United States and China and Its Future”


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

Chen Tianlan, Political Science

Gui Jiayu, Japanese Literature

Han Song, Journalism and Media Studies

Shi Yuyang, Political Science

Xin Di (Cindy), Sociology

Zhu Tianrui (Rui), Archaeology and Art History

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