Wei Bingbing is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. Born in Nanjing, China, he obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Nanjing University in 2004 and 2007 respectively. His academic interest initially focused on the political history of Republican China, and later shifted more towards the socio-cultural history of modern China. Taking commercial theaters as the subject, his dissertation examines the transformation of operatic entertainment culture in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, with the ultimate aim of shedding light on the underlying social changes and cultural politics. During his stay at Harvard, besides finishing the dissertation, he also intends to take this opportunity to broaden his academic horizon and strengthen the foundation for his future career.