Sun Peidong

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Aug 2016 to May 2017
Peidong Sun is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Fudan University. She is the Edward Teller National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, for the 2017-18 academic year. She received her B.A in French and M.A. in French Literature from Zhongshan University, and a joint Ph.D. in Sociology from L’Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, Sciences-Po, Paris and Zhongshan University. Her main areas of research focus on historical sociology, cultural sociology, and social history and institutional change during the 20th century. She has published twenty articles in The China Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals. Along with Patricia M. Thornton (Oxford University) and Chris Berry (King's College London), she is co-editor of a special issue of The China Quarterly (September 2016) entitled "The Cultural Revolution: Memories and Legacies 50 Years on," which will also be part of an edited volume entitled Red Shadows: Memories and Legacies of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press). Her other publications include a book chapter titled, “‘When Are You Going to Get Married?’ Parental Matchmaking and Middle-Class Women in Contemporary Urban China," in Deborah Davis & Sara Friedman Ed., Wives, Husbands and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China (Stanford University Press, 2014). Her latest books include 《时尚与政治:广东民众日常着装时尚》(人民出版社,2013) (Fashion and Politics: Everyday Clothing Fashion in Guangdong Province during the Cultural Revolution); 《谁来娶我的女儿?上海相亲角与“白发相亲”》(中国社会科学出版社, 2012; 2013) (Who will Marry My Daughter? The Parental  Matchmaking Corner in the People’s Square of Shanghai). As a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar for the 2016-17 academic year, she is working on her third book project, which is tentatively titled "Personal Reading of Educated Youth Generation: History and Memory of the Cultural Revolution."
Recent Publications: 

January 2017
Peidong Sun, 2017, “Abolir la mode: Enquête sur la Révolution culturelle chinoise et la répression des «tenues extravagantes».”Modes pratiques: Revue d'histoire du vêtement et de la mode 2(2017):125-170.

February 2017
Patricia Thornton, Peidong Sun & Chris Berry eds., 2017. Red Shadows: Memories and Legacies of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

December 2017
Peidong Sun, 2017, “La profondeur sait rester discrete: Les jeunes instruits de Pékin et de Shanghai durant la Révolution culturelle.” In : CHI, Miao, DARD, Olivier, FLEURY, Béatrice, WALTER, Jacques, La Révolution culturelle en Chine et en France. Expériences, savoirs, mémoires, Paris: Riveneuve Éd. p. 69-83.

March 2018
Peidong Sun, 2018, “Governance, Diversity and China since the 1950s—An interview with George P. Shultz,” Chinese Historical Review.

April 2018
Peidong Sun, 2018, “Audio-visual Violence: the production and transmission of the Nine Commentaries and the memories of the Red Guard Generation,”视听暴力:“九评”的生产传播及红卫兵一代的记忆 Reflexion 思想35, Linking Publishing.

May 2018
Antonia Finnane and Peidong Sun, 2018, “Textiles and apparel in the Mao years: uniformity, variety, and the limits of autarchy,” in S. Simona & W. Ling eds., Making Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape. London: I.B. Tauris Press.