EALC Faculty

Michael Szonyi, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Chinese social history.

Office:

231

 

 

Phone:

5-8371

 

 

e-mail:

szonyi@fas.harvard.edu

 

Michael Szonyi received his BA from the University of Toronto and his D.Phil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  He has also studied at National Taiwan University and Xiamen University.  Prior to coming to Harvard in 2005, Prof. Szonyi taught at McGill University and University of Toronto.  A scholar of Chinese social history, his main research interests are the local history of southeast China, especially in the Ming dynasty; the history of Chinese popular religion, and Overseas Chinese history.  He is currently working on a book on the history of Jinmen (Quemoy) during the Cold War, and a study of military garrison towns in the Ming.

Current Courses

Prof. Szonyi is currently on leave.  In 2007-2008, his courses will likely be

Freshman Seminar- Island on the Frontlines

Culture and Society in Late Imperial China

Cognition and Culture in Chinese Local History

Chinese Popular Religion: Historiography


Recent Publications

Historical Materials on the Cult of the Five Emperors in Fujian (South China Research Press, 2006)

 

 

 

 



 

“The cemetery of Huang Xiulang: Transnationalism and the overseas Chinese in the early twentieth century,” in Eric Fong and Chiu Luk eds., Chinese Ethnic Business, New York: Routledge (2007), 132-146.

 

“Mothers, Sons, and Lovers: Fidelity and Frugality in the Overseas Chinese Divided Family before 1949,” Journal of Chinese Overseas 1.1 (2005), 43-64.

 

“The Virgin and the Chinese State: The Cult of Wang Yulan and the Politics of Local Identity on Jinmen (Quemoy),” Journal of Ritual Studies 19.2 (2005), 87-98. 

 

 

Practicing Kinship: Lineage and Descent in Late Imperial China (Stanford, 2002)