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1990s were a crucial decade, with the stirring of large-scale mass movements, and as I was a citizen I was right in the thick of it. Those events were a huge stimulus for my doctoral dissertation and I came up with the idea of writing about the collective protests the urban people went through in the Ming and Qing dynasties. I attempted to throw off the recent Marxist views of history, and analyze the events from the aspect of social psychology. For this reason I was branded as a “rightist”! So I changed the direction of my research! I chose a topic closest to everyday life, namely consumption and material culture. Although my research continued to be regarded as not serious, nevertheless, in the process of research this actually took a lot of the pressure off me. Recently I have felt that I resemble not so much the serious a late Ming literati who attaches importance to taste, but rather a Qing scholar-official who likes to flaunt his knowledge of the classics.
BA., Department of History, National Chung-hsing University
MA., History, National Taiwan University
Ph.D., History, National Taiwan University
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History, National Taiwan University
Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica
Adjunct Assistant Professor, National Chi-nan International University
Ming-Qing Social Economic History, Ming-Qing Cultural History, Chinese Urban History
Monographs, Collected Essays
Compilations (including oral history)
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