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Xiang Chi



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Email    xiangchi@ucla.edu
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Xiang Chi is a third-year Ph.D. student in China economic and environmental history. Her dissertation project aims at offering a comparative analysis of the emergences, practices and values of state rationality in terms of the capacity to exert control over timber resources in Northeast China between the Japanese and Chinese forestry regime-making in the early 20th century, focusing on the state planning, the government-firm relation, Korean migration, and the forest species hierarchy change in Fengtian and Jilin provinces during 1901-1937. The interplay between Japanese merchants, Chinese huozhan leaders, and Korean migration showed the multi-layered sovereignty conceptions. The involvement of the Mitsui timber firms changed the hierarchy of the forest species and contributed to the efficiency growth in the 1930s that the PRC government inherited.

Fields of Study

Modern Chinese History; Environmental History, Economic History, Social History of Forests, History of Manchuria, History of Japanese Imperialism

Research

Sovereignty, War, and Natural Resource: Northeast China’s Economic Development (1901-1931) My dissertation project aims at offering a comparative analysis of the emergences, practices and values of state rationality in terms of the capacity to exert control over timber resources in Northeast China between the Japanese and Chinese forestry regime-making in the early 20th century, focusing on the state planning, the government-firm relation, Korean migration, and the forest species hierarchy change in Fengtian and Jilin provinces during 1901-1937. The interplay between Japanese merchants, Chinese huozhan leaders, and Korean migration showed the multi-layered sovereignty conceptions. The involvement of the Mitsui timber firms changed the hierarchy of the forest species and contributed to the efficiency growth in the 1930s that the PRC government inherited.

Publications

  • PUBLICATION  

    • “Yingguo Chuanjiaoshi Taoranshi de Qiangzu Renzhi(1920-1936)”英国传教士陶然士的羌族认知(1895-1936)[Imagined “the Other”: A Case Study of the Chiang Cognition of the British Missionary Thomas Torrance]. Dongyue Tribune东岳论丛, Vol.4, April, (2012): 94-101.
    • Co-author with Zhong Weiming, “Wangtu yu Biancheng: Wukou Tongshang Qianhou Guzhoucheng zai Qingting Shiye zhong de Yanbian”王土与边城:五口通商前后福州城在清建视野中的演变[The Emperor’s Land and The Border Town: The Transformation of Fuzhou’s Role In Imperial Vision Before and After the Opening of the Five Treaty Ports]. Journal of Fujian Normal University福建师范大学学报, No.1 (2015): 103-109. 

    TRANSLATION  

    • “Jindai Zaoqi Jingji de Qiyuan: Xi’ou yu Zhongguo de Bijiao Yanjiu”近代早期经济的起源:西欧与中国的比较研究 [The Origin of Modern Economy: A Comparative Study of Western Europe and China]. Quantitative Historical Research量化历史研究, Vol.1 (2014): 3-15.
     

Conference Presentations

Feb, 2017                    “Commerce, Sovereignty, and Forestry: Manchurias Woodland Economy Development (1682-1911)” Qing History Symposium Workshop, UCLA, LA, USA.

Mar, 2016                   Forestry Wars and Timber Businesses in the Late Imperial Northeast China(1860-1907). 2016 Annual Conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Seattle, Washington, USA.

Mar, 2015                  The Invention of Forestry: A Case Study of the Forests Exploitation and Utilization in   Jilin Province in Late Qing Dynasty (1895-1912).” HGSA Conference on “Possessive Investments: Power, Dissent and the Material”, UCLA, LA, USA.

Advisors

Professor R. Bin Wong

Professor Richard von Glahn

Professor Katsuya Hirano

Professor Susanna Hecht

Degrees

Sept. 2014 - the Present   UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA)

                                        Ph.D., History Department

                                        Academic Advisor: R. Bin Wong

Jun 2014                         TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Beijing, China

                                        M.A., Department of History

                                        Master Thesis Title: “The Invention of Forestry: A Case Study of the Forests Exploitation and Utilization in Jilin Province (1895-1912)”

Jul 2011                          SICHUAN UNIVERSITY, Chengdu, China

                                        B.A., magna cum laude, National Humanities Talent Training Base in History

                                        Dual degree in Finance, Economic Department

                                        Bachelor Thesis Title: “Implantation of Civilization: Lu Zuofu’s卢作孚 Modern Trial in Inland West China Beibei(1927-1936)”