Yang Bin

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Sep 2011 to Jul 2012

Yang Bin is an associate professor in the History Department, National University of Singapore.  His dissertation, “Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE–Twentieth Century CE),” was awarded the 2004 Gutenberg-e prize by the American Historical Association, and was published by Columbia University Press. His research articles have been accepted by journals including Modern Asian Studies, Journal of World History, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, The China Quarterly, and China Report.  

Professor Yang's paper "‘Exodus: Lotus Seals and Sealings in a Transregional Perspective" received the first prize at an international forum on images, seals, and sealings organised by the Xiling Seal Art Society in November 2018, and he was admitted to the Xiling Seal Art Society (西泠印社). Founded in 1904, the Xiling Seal Art Society is arguably the only scholarly organisation from the late Qing dynasty that has survived until the present day. The society is dedicated to the practice and studies of traditional Chinese seals, sealings, stone and metal artifacts, paintings, and calligraphy. His English monograph Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History, supported by the Publication Grant of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, was published by Routledge in December 2018. Professor Yang's Chinese monogprah 饶宗颐新加坡大学执教考 (Jao Tsung-I in Singapore (1968-1973): Life, Research, and Chinese Scholar Diaspora) was published in summer 2018, by Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, Hong Kong University. 

Current Research Projects and Interests: The Gu蛊 in Chinese History

Recent Publications: 
“Cadres, Grain, and Sexual Abuse in Wuwei County, Mao’s China (Mid-1950s–Early 1960s),” (Co-authored with Shuji Cao) Journal of Women’s History (forthcoming 2015).
“Under and Beyond the Pen of Eileen Chang: Shanghai, Nanyang, Huaqiao, and Greater China,” Frontiers of History in China (forthcoming in 2015).
“Grain, Local Politics and the Making of Mao’s Famine in Wuwei, 1958–1961,” (Co-authored with Shuji Cao) Modern Asian Studies July 2015, pp. 1 – 29.
“‘Ningke shatou, yeyao Huijia’ – 1978-1979 Xishuangbanna Zhiqing daqingyuan shuping,” Modern China Studies, Vol. 20. No. 1 (Jan. 2013): 99-141 (A Chinese version of my China Quarterly article, “‘We Want to Go Home!’ - The Great Petition in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, 1978-1979.” The China Quarterly, vol. 198, pp. 401-421).
“Mt. Tambora, Climatic Changes, and China’s Decline in the Nineteenth Century,” (Co-authored with Shuji Cao & Yushang Li) Journal of World History Vol. 23, No. 3 (Sept. 2012): 587–607.
Birds and Beasts in Chinese Texts and Trade: Lectures Related to South China and the Overseas World. By Roderich Ptak, Harrassowitz Verlag & Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz GmbH & Co. KG, Wiesbaden (Maritime Asia Volume; 22), 2014, Plates 10, pp. x, 140. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine no. 37:107-110.
Prosperity's Predicament: Identity, Reform, and Resistance in Rural Wartime China. By Isabel Brown Crook and Christina Kelley Gilmartin with Yu Xiji, compiled and edited by Gail Hershatter and Emily Honig. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013, 325 pages (Hardcopy). 
Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographical Imagination in Late Imperial China. By Marta E. Hanson, London and New York: Routledge, 2011. 268 pages.  Asian Ethnology 72.1 (Spring 2013): 143-44.
“Cowry Shells in Eastern Eurasia,” in The Silk Road Vol. 1: Long-Distance Trade, Culture, and Society: Interwoven History, the inaugural issue of Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies, ed. Mariko Namba Walter & James P. Ito-Adler, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Institutes Press, 2014, pp. 250-283.