The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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DU, Chunmei (杜春媚)
Associate Professor

Tel.: (852) 2616-7854
Fax.: (852) 2467-7478

Academic & Professional Qualifications

Ph.D., Princeton University, Modern Chinese History, 2009
M.Phil., Princeton University, Modern Chinese History, 2006
B.A., Renmin University of China, Philosophy, 2003
M.A., Western Kentucky University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016

Areas of Interest

Modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history, Global history, Cold War, Chinese diaspora


  • Books
  • Public Engagement and Knowledge Transfer
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Research Grants
  • Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures


Gu Hongming's Eccentric Chinese Odyssey. The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019

Ed., 冷戰時期的美國與東亞社會 (The United States and East Asian Societies during the Cold War). Shanghai: Fudan University Press, forthcoming.

瘋癫筆記——我在美國精神病院的實習經曆 (Notes of Insanity: My Experience Working in an American Psychiatric Hospital. 江蘇鳳凰文藝出版社 (Jiangsu Phoenix Literature and Art Publishing), 2017.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Transfer:

《病亦非病——抑鬱症的困境》Book review of The Empire of Depress: A New History, 上海書評 (Shanghai Review of Books), April 2, 2021.

《知曉我姓名》Book review of Know My Name: A Memoir, 南方周末 (Southern Weekly), December 2, 2020.

“‘Shrine’ Takes on Controversy,” book review of Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory and Japan’s Unending Postwar, Bowling Green Daily News, November 8, 2015.



Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Occupational Hazard: American Servicemen’s Sensory Encounter with China, 1945-1949.” Diplomatic History, forthcoming.

“Jeep Girls and American GIs: Gendered Nationalism in Post–World War II China.” The Journal of Asian Studies 81, no. 2 (2022): 341–63.


“現代舞之母鄧肯與二十一世紀中國 (Isadora Duncan and Modern China),” 二十一世紀 (Twenty-first Century)184 (April 2021): 45-56.  


“約翰中國佬的東方之旅 (John Chinaman’s Journey to the East),” 讀書 (Dushu) 11 (2020): 159-167. 


"The Shen Chong Rape Case," アジア現代女性史 (Contemporary Women's History in Asia) 11, 2017. 


"Escaping Sugamo Prison with a No.2 Pencil: The Drawings of Japanese War Criminal Tobita Tokio." Visual Studies 30, no. 1 (2015): 1-19, co-authored with Lindsey Powell.


 "Manufacturing Naxi's Original Ecological Culture in Contemporary China." Asian Ethnicity 16, no. 4 (2015): 549-567.


"The Love Suicide Mystique: Fabricating Authentic Naxi Culture in Contemporary China." Frontiers of History in China 10, no. 3 (2015): 486-512.


"Travel Along a Mobius Strip: Somerset Maugham and Gu Hongming East of Suez." The International History Review 36, no. 1 (2014): 1-18.


"Gu Hongming as a Cultural Amphibian: A Confucian Universalist Critique of Modern Western Civilization." Journal of World History 22, no. 4 (December, 2011): 715-746. 


"跨國史視野下的東海研究East Asian Studies in a Global Context." In 世界史中的東亞海域 (East Asian Maritime World in Global History), 211-222. Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company, 2011.


"從歸莊看明遺民多樣性的生存選擇The Variety of Life Choices among Ming Loyalists: A Case Study of Gui Zhuang." 清史研究 (The Qing History Journal) 4 (2001): 104-6.

Research Grants:

General Research Fund, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, January 2021-December 2023


Teaching Development Fund, “Adopting Visual Components and Experiential Learning in History Classes,” Lingnan University, May 2020-October 2022


蔣經國國際學術交流資金會 (Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange), scholar grant, July 2017-July 2018


Visiting Fellowship, 復旦大學中華文明國際研究中心 (The International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization at Fudan University), Shanghai, China, January 2017-June 2017


Visiting Fellowship, 南京大学学衡研究院 (Xueheng Institute, Nanjing University), Nanjing, China, June 2016-December 2016


Franklin Research Grants, American Philosophical Society, February-December 2011


Research and Creative Activities Program Grant, Western Kentucky University, 2013, 2014, 2017


US Department of Education's Title VI Funded Program for Undergraduate and International Studies and Foreign Language, 2009-2011


Visiting Fellowship, 復旦大學文史研究院 (National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University), Shanghai, China, June-July 2009


Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures:

Organizer and participant, roundtable titled "Reexamining Cold War Politics in China behind Front Lines, 1940s-1950s," the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., March 22-25, 2018


Organizer, international workshop titled "The United States and East Asian Societies during the Cold War," Fudan University, China, June 16-17, 2017


"吉普女郎與二戰後駐華美軍 'Jeep Girls' and American Servicemen in Post-War China," Department of History, Renmin University of China, May 25, 2017


"北平強奸案和反美主義 The Peking Rape Incident and Anti-Americanism in Republican China," in workshop titled "現代中國公共記憶與民族認同研究 Public Memoires and National Identities in Modern China," 南京大學亞太發展研究中心 Nanjing University, China, December 12, 2017


"魔幻一生:辜鴻銘的心靈世界 A Trickster's Life: Gu Hongming's Psychological World," 南京大學學衡研究院 Xueheng Institute, Nanjing University, June 7, 2016


"Clash of Civilizations: A Confucian Challenge to Christian Moralism," in workshop titled "New directions in the cultural and intellectual history of China," New York University, May 1-3, 2015


"Travel Along the Mobius Strip: Gu Hongming and Classical Poetry," in workshop titled "Forgotten Renaissance: Historical Reflections on the Transition of Classical Chinese Poetry in Modern Times," Fudan University, China, September 28-29, 2012


"A Hybrid Son: Gu Hongming and His Worlds," Brown Bag Lunch Series sponsored by the Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, April 28, 2011


"全球史視野下的中國史研究 Chinese Studies in a Global Perspective," 中國人民大學佛教與宗教學理論研究所 Institute of Religious Studies, Renmin University of China, June 4, 2010


"Recovering Chinese Tradition from Abroad: Gu Hongming's Reconstruction of Confucianism," the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 25-28, 2010


"Asian Societies and the Outside World," Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Louisville, KY, panel chair and discussant, January 15-17, 2010


"Rediscovering Gu Hongming in Post-Mao China," a Trans-disciplinary Workshop on Religions and Revolutions in Modern Chinese History and Literature, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, November 24-25, 2009


"Gu Hongming in Global History," Fudan University, Shanghai, China, June 23, 2009


Participant, "A Comparative Study of the South Sea and the East Sea as a Framework in Global History," 世界史中的東亞海域國際學術討論會 The International Symposium on East Asian Maritime World in  Global History, jointly held by the Institute of Oriental Culture at the University of Tokyo and the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, June 18-19, 2009


"'To Become a Chinaman Again': Gu Hongming as a Cultural Amphibian," Ethnic Studies program at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, February 11, 2009