Head of Department

  • 08/2020 – the Present,  Professor, University of Macau
  • 08/2017 – 07/2020, Associate Professor, University of Macau
  • 07/2010 – 07/2017, Associate Professor (Tenured), National Univ. of Singapore
  • 08/2011– 06/2012, Visiting Scholar, The Yenching Institute, Harvard University
  • 12/2005 – 06/2010, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
  • 07/2005 – 11/2005, Lecturer, Renmin University of China, Beijing
  • 2004 – 2005, Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of William & Mary
  • 2020–22, “The Advance of the Gu (蛊): Disease, Witchcraft and Sorcery, Love Magic, and Chinese Empire Building,” MOP 125,000 (US $16,000), MYRG2020-00110-FAH, University of Macau
  • 2019–20, The Harvard-Yenching Institute Workshop Grant (US$ 20,000 to sponsor an international workshop “The (Un)Making of China: A Frontier Approach”, co-organized with Dr. Sittithep Eaksittipong of Chiang Mai University, Thailand), the Harvard-Yenching Institute
  • 2019, The FAH Excellence in Research Award, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau
  • 2018, The Harvard-Yenching Publication Grant (US $ 8,000 to support my monograph Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History)
  • 2018, My paper“Exodus: Lotus Seals and Sealings in a Transregional Perspective”, awarded the first prize at the 2018 international forum on images, seals, and sealings, organized by the Xiling Seal Art Society (西泠印社)
  • 2017-19, The Start-Up Research Grant, University of Macau
  • 2014-16, The HSS Seed Funding, FASS, National University of Singapore
  • 2011-12, The Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholarship
  • 2009, Shortlisted for The 2009 Gordon White Prize (for the most original article by a young scholar published in The China Quarterly)
  • 2006-09, Staff Start-Up Research Grant, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
  • 2005, The 2004 Gutenberg-e Prize, The American Historical Association
  • 2004, Dissertation Writing-up Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
  • 2003, First AAS Dissertation Workshop, sponsored by The Association for Asian Studies and Social Science Research Council, March 2003

Web of Science (AAF-9834-2020; OCID: 0000-0003-2623-3067) (https://app.webofknowledge.com/author/record/2689025)

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Google Citation (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Y3R-IYFQ2_cC&hl=zh-CN)

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English Monograph

Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History (Routledge, Hardback 2019; Paperback 2020).

Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE–20th Century CE). N Y.: Columbia University Press, 2009 (Hardcopy).

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Chinese Monograph

《海貝與貝幣:鮮為人知的全球史 Haibei yu Beibi: Xianweirenzhi de Quanqiushi (Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History》,with major revisions (Beijing: Zhongguo Shekewenxian Chubanshe, forthcoming in Autumn 2021).

《流動的疆域:全球視野下的雲南與中國Liudong de Jiangyu: Quanqiushiye xia de Yunnan yu Zhongguo》(Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan),with new “Prologue” and “Afterwords”, trans. by Han Xiangzhong (Taibei: Baqi Wenhua, May 2021).

 Shangzuo Chuanjing Shi yi Wei: Rao Zongyi Xinjiapo Daxue Zhijiao Kao 上座傳經事已微:饒宗頤新加坡大學執教考 (Jao Tsung-I in Singapore, 1968–1973: Life, Research, and Chinese Scholarly Diaspora) (Hong Kong: Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, Hong Kong University, Summer 2018).


Journal Article (Refereed)

‘Wudingzhichuan’: Kaoguw he Wnexianzhong Zuizao Wangfanyu  Xiya yu Zhongguo Zhijian de Haibo 无钉之船:考古和文献中最早往返于西亚与中国之间的海舶 (‘Ship Without Nails’: Archaeological and Textual Analyses of the Earliest Ocean Vessles sailing Directly between China and West Asia),”Haijiaoshi Yanjiu海交史研究(Journal of Maritime History Studies)(forthcoming in 2021).

“Liuqiu lai de Haibei: Yuanming Shiqi Jiangnan Haibei de Laiyuan琉球來的海貝:元明時期江南海貝的來源(Coming from the Ryukyu Kingdom: Cowrie Shells in the Yangzi Delta during the Yuan-Ming Period),” Haiyangshi Yanjiu海洋史研究(Studies of Maritime History) (forthcoming in 2021).

“Dangzi Yinduyang Fanhang: Quanzhouwan Songdai Haichuan Hangxian Xinkao当自印度洋返航——泉州湾宋代海船航线新考 (Sailing Home from the Indian Ocean: A New Analysis of the Song Shipwreck Discovered in the Quanzhou Bay in 1974),” Haijiaoshi Yanjiu海交史研究 (Journal of Maritime History Studies), No. 83 ( Issue 1. April 2021): 12-30.

“Exodus: Lotus Seals and Lotus Sealings from a Cross-Civilizational Perspective.” The Sino-Platonic Papers (SPP), Number 302 (June, 2020). Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania. http://www.sino-platonic.org/complete/spp302_lotus_seal.pdf.

“南洋史地:蒲罗中学案’(A Debate on Puluozhong: An Early Chines name for Singapore?)”《华人研究国际学报 (The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies) 》(Nanyang Technology University, Singapore) No.11.1 (June 2019) :47–76.

“Under and Beyond the Pen of Eileen Chang: Shanghai, Nanyang, Huaqiao, and Greater China.” Frontiers of History in China, 2016, 11(3): 458–484.

“Cadres, Grain, and Sexual Abuse in Wuwei County, Mao’s China (Mid-1950s–Early 1960s).” (Co-authored with Shuji Cao) Journal of Women’s History No.28, issue 2 (Summer 2016): 28–57.

“Grain, Local Politics and the Making of Mao’s Famine in Wuwei, 1958–1961.” (Co-authored with Shuji Cao) Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 49, issue 6 (Nov. 2015): 1675–1703.

“Mt. Tambora, Climatic Changes, and China’s Decline in the Nineteenth Century.” (Co-authored with Shuji Cao & Yushang Li), Journal of World History Vol. 23, no. 3 (Sept. 2012): 587–607.

“The Bengal Connections in Yunnan.” China Report, Vol. 48, No. 1&2 (Feb. & May 2012, Special Issue: Studies on India-China Interactions Dedicated to Professor Ji Xianlin 1911–2009): 125–146.

Featured Review of Coming to Terms with the Nation, Ethnic Classification in Modern China. By Thomas S. Mullaney, with a foreword by Benedict Anderson. Berkeley, Los Angles and London: University of California Press, 2011, American Historian Review Vol. 116, no. 4 (October 2011): 1068–1071.

“The Rise and Fall of Cowry Shells: The Asian Story.” Journal of World History, Vol. 22, no. 1(Mar. 2011): 1–26.

“The Zhang on Southern Chinese Frontiers: Disease-Construction, Environmental Changes, and Imperial Colonization.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. 84, No. 2 (Summer 2010): 163–192.

“‘We Want to Go Home!’—The Great Petition in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, 1978–1979.” The China Quarterly, vol. 198 (June 2009), pp. 401–421; Chinese translation with revisions, titled “‘Ningke shatou, yeyao Huijia 宁可杀头,也要回家’: 1978–1979 Xishuangbanna Zhiqing daqingyuan shuping,” Modern China Studies, Vol. 20. No. 1 (Jan. 2013): 99–121.

“Central State, Local Governments, Ethnic Groups, and the Minzu Identification in

Yunnan, 1950s–1980s.” Modern Asian Studies, Volume 43, part 3 (May 2009): 735–770.

“Horses, Silver, Cowries: Yunnan in a Global Perspective.” Journal of World History, Vol. 15, No. 3 (September 2004): 281–322.


Edited English Issue/Volume

Yang Bin, ed. Issue 1–2: “Special Issue: A Festschrift Volume in Honor of Professor Patrick Manning.” Asian Review of World Histories, Issue 7.1 & 7.2 (Jan. 2019), Brill, 270 pages.

 Yang Bin & Wang Yuan, eds., “Special Issue on the 50th Anniversary of the Launch of the ‘Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution’.” Modern China Studies 23.2 (Summer 2016), 234 Pages.


English Book Chapters

“Ethnicity.” Howard Chiang ed. The Making of the Human Sciences in China. Brill, 2019, 162–182.

“Introduction: a Gentleman (junzi) in the Academy.” Asian Review of World Histories, Issue 7.1 & 7.2 (Jan. 2019): 1–3.

 “Introduction to the Special Issue on the 50th Anniversary of the Launch of the ‘Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution’,” (Co-authored with Wang Yuan) Modern China Studies 23.2 (Summer 2016): 1–5 (English); 7–9 (Chinese).

“Cowry Shells in Eastern Eurasia.” Walter, Mariko Namba  & James P. Ito-Adler eds. The Silk Road: Long-Distance Trade, Culture, and Society: Interwoven History, the inaugural issue of Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies, Cambridge, MA, USA: Cambridge Institutes Press, 2014, pp.1–32.

“The Bay of Bengal Connections to Yunnan.” Rila Mukherjee ed. Pelagic Passageways: The Northern Bay of Bengal before Colonialism, Primus Books, New Delhi, 2011, pp. 317–342.

“Frontier, Chinese Incorporation, and Global Perspective.” Patrick Manning ed. World History: Global and Local Interactions, Markus Wiener Publishers, 2006, pp. 31–46.

English Book Reviews

Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global Connections. Edited by Geok Yian Goh, John N. Miksic & Michael Aung-Thwin. Singapore, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute, 2017, ISBN: 978-981-4786-02-7, pp. 240. https://www.ostasien-zwickau.de/newpage233fbc2b (The East Asia Centre, the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, April, 2021).

Across the Great Divide: The Sent-Down Youth Movement in Mao’s China, 1968–1980. By Emily Honig and Xiaojian Zhao. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 213 pp. ISBN: 9781108712491 (paperback). Journal of Asian Studies (forthcoming).

Southwest China in a Regional and Global Perspective (c. 1600–1911): Metals, Transport, Trade and Society. Eds. Theobald, Ulrich and Cao Jin, Monies, Markets, and Finance in East Asia, 1600–1900, Volume: 9. Brill, Jan. 2018. Figure, maps & tables, xviii, 456 pp. ISBN: 978-90-04-35371-8 (e-book). Journal of Chinese Overseas 16.2 (Nov. 2020): 307-310.

Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific—The Asia-Pacific Region. Edited by María Cruz Berrocal and Cheng-hwa Tsang. University Press of University of Florida, December 19, 2017, pp. 272. Figures, Tables and maps. Asian Review of World Histories, Issue 7.1 & 7.2 (Jan. 2019): 271–277.

 The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History

of the World. By Ooi Kee Beng. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2015. pp. 254. Map, Illustrations, Index. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 48.1 (Feb. 2017): 146–149.

Beyond Borders: Stories of Yunnanese Chinese Migrants of Burma. By Wen-Chin CHANG, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014, pp. 278. Maps, Figures, Glossary. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Vol. 47, no. 2 (June 2016): 304–305.

Prosperity’s Predicament: Identity, Reform, and Resistance in Rural Wartime China. By Isabel Brown Crook and Christina Kelley Gilmartin with Yu Xiji, compiled and edited by Gail Hershatter and Emily Honig. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013, 325 pages (Hardcopy). http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=41325.

Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographical Imagination in Late Imperial China. By Marta E. Hanson, London and New York: Routledge, 08/ 2011. 288 pages. Asian Ethnology 72.1 (Spring 2013): 143–144.

Birds and Beasts in Chinese Texts and Trade: Lectures Related to South China and the Overseas World. By Roderich Ptak, Harrassowitz Verlag & Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz GmbH & Co. KG, Wiesbaden (Maritime Asia Volume; 22), 2011, Plates 10, pp. x, 140. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine no. 37 (2013–2014): 107–110.

Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road. By Johan Elverskog. Philadelphia & Oxford: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010, pp. 352. Journal of World History, Volume 22, no. 4 (December 2011): 825–828.

The Sichuan Frontier and Tibet: Imperial Strategy in the Early Qing. By Dai Yingcong. Seattle & London: University of Washington Press, 2009, pp. 352. Chinese Historical Review (Autumn 2010): 240–243.

Southeast Asia in World History. By Craig A. Lockard. Oxford University Press, 2009. Asia Pacific World, Volume 1, no. 2: 131–133.

Amid the Clouds and Mist: China’s Colonization of Guizhou, 12001700. By John Herman. Harvard University Press, 2007. The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History Volume 10, issue 2 (Fall 2009): N.A.

Selected Chinese Papers & Essays

《皇帝也难求:嘉靖宫中的龙涎香》, 《澎湃》(The Paper)“私家历史”,2021年8月11日。https://m.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_13852704

《刺桐往事:一艘宋代泉州海船的印度洋之旅》, 《澎湃》(The Paper)“新闻”&“私家历史”,2021年7月30日。https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_13804111

《台湾版序:何以云南?何以中国》,《流动的边疆:全球视野下的云南与中国》, 杨斌著,韩祥中译,台北:八旗文化,2021年,1-32页。

《何为“中国”?——<宅兹中国>引发的思考》,《流动的边疆:全球视野下的云南与中国》, 杨斌著,韩祥中译,台北:八旗文化,2021年, 357-80页。

《何为“清帝国”》, 《二十一世纪》184期(April 2021):163-164 页。

 “印信亦或附身符:古埃及的贝印(Amulets or Seals?: A New Examination of Cowroid  from Ancient Egypt) ”,二等奖Second Prize, 第六届“孤山证印”西泠印社国际印学峰会“the 2020 International Forum on Scripts, Seals, and Sealings in the World,” the Xiling Seal Art Society, Nov. 2020, Hangzhou, China.

 《山迴路轉不見君:楊蓮生饒宗頤交往考 (An Examination of Scholarly Interactions between Yang Liansheng and Jao Ts’ung-I)》,《文化杂志 (Review of Culture) 》(Macau),Issue 108 (July 2020), 48-62页.

 《沒有北京,沒有傳統——張愛玲的南洋 (Without Beijing, Without Tradition: Eileen Chang’s Nanyang) 》,《聯合早報 Liande Daily》 (Singapore) Weekend Culture Supplement“纪念张爱玲诞辰100周年 (On the 100th Anniversary of Eileen Chang)”,24 May, pp. 6–7.

 《南洋鴻爪——新加坡藏徐悲鴻十二生肖畫探源 (An Eagle’s Footprints in South China Sea: An Exploration of the Zodiac Paintings by Xu Beihong)》,《文化杂志 (Review of Culture) 》 (Macau), Issue 107(March 2020): 186–195.

 《時代,藝術,印人和印譜——試論韓登安、周哲文毛澤東詩詞印譜創作         (Era, Art, Seal Carvers and Sealing Books: Han Dengan, Zhou Zhewen, and Their Sealing Works on Mao Tse-dong’s Poems) 》,《中國印譜史与印學國際研討會論文集》 (Works on History of Chinese Sealing Book and The Studies of Seals: An  International Workshop), Hangzhou: Xiling Seal Art Society Press, 2019, Vol. 1,pp. 568–593.

《容庚诞辰125周年:他与燕京大学的不解之缘》,《澎湃》(The Paper)“翻书党”,2019年9月5日。https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_4335513

“哪吒的埃及来源 (The Egyptian Origin of Nezha),” 《文化杂志 (Review of Culture) 》(Macau),Issue 104 (June 2019): 120–137.

“诗史:饶宗颐在新加坡 (A Poetry History: Jao Tsung-I in Singapore)”,《杭州文史 (Culture and History in Hangzhou) 》, No.16 (Jan. 2019): 10–20.

“出埃及记:跨文明视野内的莲印和莲封泥 (Exodus: Lotus Seals and Lotus Sealings  from a Cross-Civilizational Perspective).” (First Prize, the 2018 International Forum by the Xiling Seal Art Society)《世界图纹与印记国际学术研讨会论文集Collected Papers from the International Forum on Scripts, Seals, and Sealings in the World》,Hangzhou: Xiling Seal Art Society Press, 2018, Vol.1, 70–92.

“出走前的汪精卫和服刑中陈璧君 (Wang Jingwei before His Flee and Chen Bijun in Prison).” Modern China Studies, Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2018): 71–84.

《湮没的坌柏 (Benbai: A Tang-Song Village Submerged in 1968》,《杭州文史(Culture and History in Hangzhou) 》, no. 15 (Jan. 2018): 60–70.

“金龟子印中的古埃及 (Ancient Egypt Seen from Seals of Scarabs).” (Second Prize, the 2016 International Forum by The Xiling Seal Art Society),《篆物铭形—图形与非汉字系统印章国际学术研讨会论文集Collected Papers on the International Forum on Non-Chinese Seals and Sealings》, Hangzhou : Xiling Seal Art Society Press, 2017,76–94.

“郁达夫新加坡遗踪新探 (A Recent Exploitation of Yu Dafu’s Footprints in Singapore)”,《杭州文史 (Culture and History in Hangzhou)》,no. 13 (Jan. 2017): 1–28.

“清迈法典、海贝和亚洲的文明交流 (Law Codes in Chang Mai, Cowrie Shells, and Asian Cultural Interactions),” trans. Ji Yun,《中印关系的视野和前景 (Perspective and Prospects of the Sino-Indian Relationship)》,eds. Tansen Sen & Sun Yinggang, Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2016, 167–181.

“人鼠之争—复活节岛毁灭的新探索 (上、下)(Men or Rats? Recent Debates on the Collapse of the Easter Island, I &II) ,”《社会学家茶座 Forum of Sociology》 ,No. 1 (2012): 74–80; No. 2 (2012): 115–120.

  • Discovered but Forgotten: The Maldives in Chinese History (English manuscript)
  • The Advance of the Gu (蛊): Disease, Witchcraft, Love Magic, and Chinese Empire Building (English manuscript)
  • Research Associate, International Research Centre for the History and Culture of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, Northumbria University, UK (Sept. 2020 –)
  • Editorial Board Member, Darshikā: Journal of Integrative and Innovative Humanities, University of Chiang Mai, Thailand (Sept. 2020 –)
  • Nominating Committee, World History Association, US (August 2020–)
  • Life Member, World History Association, US (August 2020–)
  • Founding Member, Asian Association of World History (AAWH May 2008–)
  • Member, The Xiling Seal Art Society 西泠印社社员 (November 2018 – )
  • Editor-in-Chief, Modern China Studies (2017 – )
  • Managing Editor, Asian Review of World Histories (2016-2018)
  • Founding Member, Asian Association of World History (May 2008 – )
  • Life Member, World History Association
  • Adjunct Professor, The History Department, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2015-19

(01/2018the Present)

“Ethnic Identification in China.”  Shanghai NY University, 1 April, 2021 (zoom lecture).

“The Zhang on the Southern Chinese Frontier.” “Frontier and The (Un)Making of China”, international workshop sponsored by The Harvard-Yenching Institute Workshop Grant and the Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 7 January 2020.

“Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History.” History Department, East China Normal University, 17 December 2019.

“Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History.” History Department, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 16 December 2019.

“Who wrote the letters denied by Wang Yingxia?” The Minhang Library, Shanghai, 15 December 2019.

“Exodus to China: Nezha Reborn from Lotus.” The 2019 Beijing Forum, co-sponsored by Peking University, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, 1–3 November 2019, Beijing.

“时代,艺术,印人和印谱——试论韩登安、周哲文毛泽东诗词印谱创作 (Era, Art, Seal Carvers and Sealing Books: Han Dengan, Zhou Zhewen, and Their Sealing Works on Mao’s Poems)”, “中国印谱史与印学国际研讨会 (History of Chinese Sealing Book and the Studies of Seals: An International Forum)”, Hangzhou, The Xiling Seal Art Society, 26 October 2019.

“Red Guards in Burma: An Oral History.” Presented in “Re-conceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground Experiences in Asia”, International Workshop organized by The History Department, National University of Singapore, 22–23 June 2019.

“Mt. Tambora, Volcanic Eruption, and the Decline of Qing China”. The History Department, Zhejiang University, China, 4 June 2019.

“The Cowrie World: A Reflection.” The 4th Congress of the Asian Association of World Historians, Osaka University, 5–8 Jan. 2019.

“Exodus to China: Lotus Seals and Sealings in a Cross-Civilizational Perspective.” World/Global History International Workshop, Columbia University, New York, 30 Nov. –2 Dec. 2018.

“Beyond the Pen of Eileen Chang.” Public Lecture. National Library, Singapore, 25 Nov. 2018.

“Ocean as a New Research Perspective: A Round Table.” Capital Normal University, Beijing, 29 June 2018.

Keynote Speech, “Ethnicity in 20th Century China.” The 11th International Conference of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSOC) Network. University of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 25 July 2018.

“Jao Tsung-I in Singapore (1968–1973): Life, Research, and Chinese Scholar Diaspora.” History Department, Peking University, June 25 2018.

“Jao Tsung-I in Singapore (1968–1973): Life, Research, and Chinese Scholar Diaspora.” Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technology University, the Chui Huay Lim Club and the Singapore-China Friendship Association, 20 Feb. 2018.