Fields of Study: China, Southeast Asia, History of Medicine
Advisor: Benjamin Elman, Janet Chen
I am broadly interested in the history of East and Southeast Asia, with a focus on how international ideas and practices of medicine, state building, and diaspora have shaped the region's interaction with its people and the world in the twentieth century.
My dissertation examines the history of western medicine in China, with a focus on the new medical institutions created by the Overseas Chinese doctors in China during the first half of twentieth century. I seek to understand how these elites disseminated new knowledge of scientific research and military medicine through the creation of Emergency Medical Services Training Schools, blood banks, research laboratories in medical colleges, and mobile red cross units with the assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation, American Bureau for Medical Aid to China, and the British government. The international nature of these institutions provided understated legacies for medical care and scientific research in post-war China and Taiwan.
My research has received external support from the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Taiwan Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, and the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship from the National Library of Singapore. My teaching interests include international history, as well as the histories of modern China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Medicine.