International History of East Asia Seminar Trinity Term 2018

Please find below the programme for the Trinity Term 2018 International History of East Asia Seminar at the University of Oxford China Centre. All events listed will be held on Mondays from 5.00pm in the Lucina Ho Seminar Room, China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6LU unless otherwise specified. This seminar series is supported by the China Centre.

All are welcome to attend; no registration is necessary. Any queries about the events listed below should be emailed to


30 April
New Perspectives on Hong Kong & Sino-British Relations in the Early 20th Century

"He's not Portuguese. He's British": The Hong Kong-Portuguese and a Problematic
Britishness, 1920s-1940s

Vivian Kong (University of Bristol)

For Good Relations: The British Naval Mission to China, 1928-1933
Woody Di Wu (University of Oxford)


14 May
Cold War Competition and Cooperation in East Asia

Same Goal, Different Roads: North and South Korean Post-liberation Economic
Development and the Quest to Shape Historical Memory

Natalia Matveeva (SOAS, University of London)

Jimmy Carter and the Failed US-China Secret Talks on the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty

Sheng Peng (University of Oxford)


21 May
Legal Controversies & State-Building in Late 19th Century East Asia

Connecting Japan and the Pacific: Benjamin Pease, Thomas Glover, and
the Bonin Islands, 1871-1876

Takahiro Yamamoto (University of Heidelberg)

Undeclared Wars, Paper Blockades and Civilian Spies: The International
Laws of War in Treaty Port China, 1884-1895

Jonathan Chappell (London School of Economics)


4 June (from 3.30pm)
The Development of Transnational Thought in East and Southeast Asia

The Idea of "Asia" in Turn-of-the Twentieth-century Philippine Thought
and Asianist Action

Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz (Harvard University & University of Cambridge)

The Humanitarian Cloak: The Chinese Communist Revolution and the
Birth of Cold War Humanitarianism

Jack Neubauer (Columbia University)