• 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History.  Routledge, December 2018.
  • 饶宗颐新加坡大学执教考 (Jao Tsung-I in Singapore (1968-1973): Life, Research, and Chinese Scholar Diaspora), Hong Kong: Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, Hong Kong University, summer 2018.
  • Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE – 20th Century CE). N Y.: Columbia University Press, 2009 (Hardcopy).
  • ______. 2008 (Gutenberg-eBook: http://www.gutenberg-e.org/yang/index.html).


  • “Exodus: Lotus Seals and Lotus Sealings from a Cross-Civilizational Perspective.” The Sino-Platonic Papers (SPP), Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania (forthcoming).
  • “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).
  • “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, 49: 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’ – 1978-1979 Xishuangbanna Zhiqing daqingyuan shuping,” Modern China Studies, Vol. 20. No. 1 (Jan. 2013): 99 -141.
  • “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.



  • “Ethnicity.” In The Making of the Human Sciences in Late Imperial and Modern China, ed. Howard Chiang, Brill (forthcoming in 2019).
  • “Cowry Shells in Eastern Eurasia.” in 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.”In Pelagic Passageways: The Northern Bay of Bengal before Colonialism,ed. Rila Mukherjee, Primus Books, New Delhi, 2011, pp. 317-342.
  • “Frontier, Chinese Incorporation, and Global Perspective.” in World History: Global 
    and Local Interactions, ed. Patrick Manning, Markus Wiener Publishers, 2006, pp. 31-46.


  • 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 (forthcoming).
  • 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: Routledgc, 08/ 2011. 288 pages.  Asian Ethnology 72.1 (Spring 2013): 143-44.
  • 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. LockardOxford University Press, 2009. Asia Pacific World, Volume 1, no. 2: 131-133.
  • Amid the Clouds and Mist: China’s Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700. By John Herman. Harvard University Press, 2007. The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History Volume 10, iss. 2 (Fall 2009): N.A.


  • 《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) 》,Issue 108 (July 2020), forthcoming.
  • 《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 Mao Tse-dong’s Poem-Sealing Works)》,《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. 568-93.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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, pp. 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.
  • “Early Egypt from Seals of Scarabs(金龟子印中的古埃及).”  Second Prize, the 2016 International Forum on non-Chinese Seals and Sealings, The Xiling Sealing Society (西泠印社2016年“篆物铭形——图形与非汉字系统印章国际学术研讨会”二等奖),《篆物铭形—图形与非汉字系统印章国际学术研讨会论文集》,西泠印社编,杭州:西泠印社出版社, 2017年, 76-94。
  • “Law Codes in Chang Mai, Cowrie Shells, and Asian Cultural Interactions (清迈法典、海贝和亚洲的文明交流)” ,纪 贇译, 《中印关系的视野和前景》, 沈丹森、孙英刚 编,上海:复旦大学出版社,2016, 167-181。
  • “Men or Rats?  Recent Debates on the Collapse of the Easter Island, I &II (人鼠之争—复活节岛毁灭的新探索 (上、下)” ,《社会学家茶座 Forum of Sociology》 2012 年第1期, 74-80 ;第2期, 115-120。