CHENG, Yimeng

Refereed journal articles

“The Mother of the revolution: From myth to political capital for the KMT,” accepted by The Journal of Chinese Overseas

“Demystifying Soviet Economic Intervention in Xinjiang: Xinjiang-Russian relations reconsidered, 1912–28,” scheduled for publication on Archiv Orientální (Vol.91, 2022)

“Expedition turned invasion: The 1888 Sikkim expedition through British, Indian and Chinese eyes,” published on the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 31:4, pp. 1-27 (October 2021)

“Revolutions never die, they just fade away: The February Revolution through Chinese eyes,” Revolutionary Russia 34:1, pp. 19-44 (2021)

“Night soil: public good or private property?: The reconstruction of toilets in Fengshun county, Guangdong province, 1942-43,” Twentieth Century China 45, No. 3, pp. 247-265 (October 2020)

Book reviews

Review of Wang Cangbai, Museum Representation of Chinese Diasporas: Migration Histories and the Cultural Heritage of the Homeland (London: Routledge, 2021), scheduled for publication on 《海外华人研究》(2022)


Encyclopedia entries

Contributed entry on Zhan Tianyou to the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, 2014

Non-refereed articles

 “The Impact of Operation Ichigo on U.S. Foreign Policy in Xinjiang, 1939–49,” Wittenberg University East Asian Studies Journal, spring 2012, Volume XXXVII


Zhao Yongchun,“The Earliest ‘China’: The Concept of Zhongguo during the Xia, Shang, and Western Zhou Dynasties,”Journal of Chinese Humanites 8.3 (2022) (English translation of 赵永春、迟安然:《最早的“中国”:夏、商、西周时期的“中国”观》)

《被统治的艺术》,北京:中国华侨出版社,2019年 (Chinese translation of Michael Szonyi’s The Art of being Governed: Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China)

Presented paper “The devil in the details: a bottom-up perspective of mainland China’s “youdai huaqiao” policy during the 1950s and 60s” at the 4th CGA&GPS Young Scholars Symposium “Asia and the World”, 30 April 2022

 Online lecture 1949年以後國共在新馬貿易戰和宣傳戰——兼論兩岸、新馬、英國檔案館藏介紹, jointly organized by faculty members and graduate students from Chengchi University, National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University, and Academia  Sinica (東亞冷戰與戰後台灣發展研究群), Republic of China (Taiwan), 12 February 2022

Online lecture 五十年代初中期國民黨海外工作的成敗, organized by the Centre for Chinese Studies, National Central Library, Republic of China (Taiwan), 24 June 2021

Presented paper “Demystifying Soviet Economic Intervention in Xinjiang: Xinjiang-Russian relations reconsidered, 1912–28” at the 2013 China Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, University of Leicester, 21-22 June 2013

International Students Academic Award (First Class), Peking University, December 2021

Exceptional Award for Academic Innovation awarded by Peking University for outstanding performance in the academic year of 2019-2020

MSc thesis “Collaboration or Suppression: Guomindang Policy toward the Gelaohui in Wartime Chengdu and Chongqing, 1938-41.” cited in Kristin Stapleton, Fact in fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016).

International Students Academic Award, Peking University, December 2010

Principal’s Research Grant, May 2010

project title: “Aid from the Soviet Union and the Comintern to the CCP during the War of Resistance: A Study of The Alliance with CommunismBolshevism, the Comintern, and China, vol. V”

Singapore Ministry of Education Scholarship (Overseas), May 2008

Received the Social Science Research Council, Singapore (SSRC) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) worth S$6,000, 2022

Received funding from Singapore Ministry of Education and the History Department of the National University of Singapore (worth S$1,800, joint application with Chen Yishen, PhD candidate at the History Department, Peking University; Overseas Research Assistant for Reconceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground Experiences in Asia), 2021

Received “Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies” from the Center for Chinese Studies, Taiwan for 4 months’ research in Taiwan (monthly stipend of NTD 40,000), 2021

Received research and travel funding from St. Cross College and the China Centre, University of Oxford worth GBP 250 and GBP 500 respectively, 2012

Chinese translation of Robert Bicker’s The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 (completed translation, awaiting editing and publication)

Manuscript “Throwing good money after bad: Kuomintang involvement in the Chew Swee Kee case, 1956-59” submitted to the Journal of Cold War Studies, currently undergoing review

English translation of Wang Qisheng’s 《党员、党权与党争:1924-1949年中国国民党的组织形态》

Research assistant to Dr. Annie Nie Hongping, History Faculty of the University of Oxford, 2012-13

Reviewer for Revolutionary Russia

Participated in the Citizen Archivist Project in collaboration with the National Archives of Singapore, transcribed written sources from early 19th century Singapore to facilitate electronic searches, March 2015-present (featured in local Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, 10 July 2016)

Study of Zhuba Returned Overseas Chinese Village, Xiamen, August 2010

conducted interview-based investigation of local socioeconomic conditions

report published in Traces of History, Peking University, Department of History

Specialist Diploma Course in English–Chinese translation, Nanjing University, January–December 2007