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PhD student Bijia Chen finishes PhD, begins postdoc at Renmin University Institute of Qing History

Bijia Chen successfully defended her PhD dissertation on October 25, 2019. The title of her dissertation is “Origins and Career Patterns of the Qing Government Officials (1850-1912): Evidence from the China Government Employee Dataset-Qing (CGED-Q)”. Cameron Campbell was her primary advisor, James Lee was her co-advisor, and Yongshun Cai, Lawrence Zhang and Matthew Mosca served as examiners. Bijia also earned her MPhil in Social Science at HKUST. For her PhD studies she has been supported by an HKPFS.

In December 2019, Bijia started as a postdoc at the Institute of Qing History at Renmin University.

Congratulations Bijia!

 

Lee-Campbell Group at the Social Science History Association meetings in Chicago, November 21-24, 2019

Members of the Lee-Campbell group will be presenting 8 papers and participating as co-authors in 2 papers presented by others in 9 sessions at the Social Science History Association meetings in Chicago this November. Group members are also participating in an Author-Meets-Critics session. Below is a current schedule based on the SSHA preliminary program.

Thursday, November 21 / 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Session 5
EAP and beyond
Clark 5 – Floor 7

Chair: James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  1. Population and Living Standards in Asia and Europe, 1700-1900. an Overview of the Findings of the Eurasian Population and Family History Project. • Tommy Bengtsson, Lund University; Cameron Campbell, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Feng Wang, University of California, Irvine; Martin Dribe, Lund University; Christer Lundh, University of Gothenburg; George Alter, University of Michigan; Muriel Neven, University of Liege; Michel Oris, Université de Genève; Marco Breschi, Università degli Studi di Sassari; Matteo Manfredini, University of Parma.

Thursday, November 21 / 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Session 45
Education, Discrimination and Social Stratification
LaSalle 1 (Floor 7)

  1. Holders of Purchased Degrees in the Chinese Civil Service during the Late Qing (1850-1912) • Bijia Chen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Cameron Campbell, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Friday, November 22 / 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 78
Big Data in Historical Research
Grant Park Parlor (Floor 6)

  1. Public Release of the China Government Employee Database – Qing (CGED-Q) 1900-1912 • Cameron Campbell, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Bijia Chen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Heng Hu, Renmin University; Yuxue Ren, Shanghai Jiaotong University; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Friday, November 22 / 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Session 95
Big Data in Historical Research II
Grant Park Parlor (Floor 6)

  1. The Organizational Demography of the Qing Civil Service • Cameron Campbell, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Bijia Chen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Friday, November 22 / 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Session 111
Fertility Change, Timing, and Marriage
Clark 5 (Floor 7)

  1. Eight Decades of Educational Assortative Marriage in China • Hao Dong, Peking University; Yu Xie, Princeton University.

Friday, November 22 / 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Session 113
Development of Longitudinal Historical Data
Grand Park Parlor (Floor 6)

  1. Constructing Individual-Level Longitudinal Data for Japanese Historical Population: Challenges and Opportunities • Satomi Kurosu, Reitaku University; Hao Dong, Peking University; Miyuki Takahashi, Rissho University; Akira Hayami, Reitaku University.

Friday, November 22 / 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM
Session 152
Different Beginnings-Comparative Perspectives on Early Tertiary Education
LaSalle 1 (Floor 7)

  1. Mutable Inequality: Meritocracy, Gender, and the Making of the Chinese Academe, 1912-1953 • Bamboo Yunzhu Ren, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Chen Liang, Nanjing University; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  2. The Spatial and Social Origins of Chinese Doctoral Students in North America and Europe, 1905-1962 • Zixin Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Saturday, November 23 / 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Session 183
Roles of Kinship: Demographic Outcomes and Methodology
Clark 5 (Floor 7)

  1. The Making of Missing Girls: Comparative Evidence from Population Administrative Microdata of Three East Asian Populations, 1652-1945 • Hao Dong, Peking University; Satomi Kurosu, Reitaku University; Wen-Shan Yang, Academia Sinica; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Saturday, November 23 / 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Session 193
Author Meets Critics, Taisu Zhang, 2017. the Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Preindustrial China and England. Cambridge University Press
Dearborn 2 (Floor 7)

Chair: James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Discussant: Shuang Chen, University of Iowa

Discussant: James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Sunday, November 24 / 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 239
Political Economy and the Chinese State
Grant Park Parlor (Floor 6)

  1. Collectivization, Urbanization, and Occupational Mobility in Inland North China in the Mid-20th Century • Xiangning Li, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Matthew Noellert, University of Iowa; Cameron Campbell, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; James Z. Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

CGED-Q 1900-1912 Jinshenlu public release workshop held at Central China Normal University

Participants at the July 2019 workshop at Central China Normal University to introduce the CGED-Q Jinshenlu Public Release

We held a workshop on July 20-22 at Central China Normal University to introduce the China Government Employee Database-Qing (CGED-Q) Jinshenlu 1900-1912 public release. The workshop was co-organized by the Renmin University Institute of Qing History, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Division of Social Science, and Central China Normal University, and the local organizer was the Central China Normal University School of History and Culture. Faculty and students from HKUST, Renmin University, Central China Normal University and other institutions made presentations introducing the public release and other major databases, providing examples of applications, and explaining how to load the data into major statistical packages. The participants included 34 postgraduate students from a variety of institutions in the mainland and elsewhere, a number of guests from Central China Normal University and other institutions in Wuhan. The program is below.

时间 内容 主讲人
7月19日 14:00-18:30 报到
7月20日 9:00 开幕式
9:30 合影
9:45  《中国历史官员量化数据库――清代》(以下简称CGED-Q)项目的历史、现状和未来 康文林,任玉雪
10:15 介绍人民大学清史研究所数字清史实验室(清史数据共享平台) 胡恒
10:45 休息15分钟
11:00 华中师大的大数据历史研究的源起 马敏、付海晏
11:30 李中清—康文林团队其他相关科研项目介绍 李中清、任韵竹
12:30 午餐
14:00 CGED-Q项目介绍第一节

源起及数据库内容

陈必佳、康文林、任玉雪
15:00 CGED-Q项目介绍第二节

数据库的优势与不足

陈必佳、康文林、任玉雪
休息15分钟
16:15 清代《缙绅录》的内容来源与出版过程 阚红柳
16:45 讨论
17:15 结束
7月21日 8:45 如何应用STATA对CGED-Q进行量化分析 陈必佳
9:45 应用Python分析CGED-Q中文官仕途的可能性和文官群体仕途的共性 王彦邦、陈煦萌
10:45 休息15分钟
11:00 应用RGIS分析CGED-Q中以县级行政区划为单位的文官系统规律及变化 张梦迪
12:00 指导使用R, STATA和Python分析数据和相关问题答疑
12:30 午餐
以CGED-Q为核心的相关研究
14:00 CGED-Q的记录连接和其他相关议题:
以家庭背景和文官仕途之关系为例
康文林
15:00 文官系统中有科名的官员及旗人官员 陈必佳
休息15分钟
15:45 清朝的回避制度 任玉雪
16:15 冲繁疲难和地方官员的任职 胡恒
16:45 讨论
17:30 结束
7月22日 9:00

 

练习:
学员将被分成小组,运用R, Python或STATA进行简单的分析
陈必佳、康文林、张梦迪、陈煦萌、王彦邦
10:00 休息15分钟
10:15 分享和讨论
学员陈述并讨论数据分析的初步结果及展开其他问题研究的想法
12:15 闭幕式
12:30 结束

Presenters

马  敏      华中师范大学

彭南生      华中师范大学

李中清      香港科技大学

康文林      香港科技大学

付海晏      华中师范大学

胡  恒      中国人民大学清史研究所

阚红柳      中国人民大学清史研究所

胡  迪      南京师范大学

任玉雪      上海交通大学

陈必佳      香港科技大学

任韵竹      香港科技大学

陈煦萌      香港科技大学

张梦迪      香港科技大学

王彦邦      香港科技大学

吴艺贝      上海交通大学

杨  莉      上海交通大学

Updated version of CGED-Q 1900-1912 Jinshenlu Public Release available for download

We prepared a new version of the CGED-Q 1900-1912 Jinshenlu Public Release that removes leading and trailing blank spaces from all fields. The blank spaces were introduced during the data entry process and are unnecessary. Users previously had to remove them with the trim command in STATA or the equivalent in R or whatever other package they were using.

We have also prepared a version of the release where all the column headings/variables names are in pinyin rather than Chinese characters. We learned that R and possibly some other packages have trouble with Unicode variable names.

The files are available at the usual download sites.

HKUST: https://dataspace.ust.hk/bib/E9GKRS

Renmin University: http://39.96.59.69/DownloadFile/DLFile

Bijia Chen wins “Best Research Award” from HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science

HKPFS PhD student Bijia Chen won the Research Postgraduate Student “Best Research Award” from the HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science. This award is given annually to a MPhil or PhD student on their basis of their research accomplishments. Bijia had two lead-authored papers in 2018, one on ethnic intermarriage in northeast China in the 19th century published in Demographic Research that won an Editor’s Choice award, and another in 清史研究 on Bannermen in the civil service at the end of the Qing. Congratulations to Bijia!

 

China Government Employee Database – Qing (CGED-Q) 1900-1912 Jinshenlu records available for download

We have made available a ‘beta’ version of the China Government Employee Database – Qing (CGED-Q) 1900-1912 Jinshenlu public release that includes data and documentation. The release consists of 638,152 records of 50,049 officials (based on our linkage) recorded in 43 quarterly editions. For more details, including links for downloading the data, please visit our CGED-Q Project Page.

The final, formal release will be in October. Until then, we will be updating data and documentation as problems are identified.

2019 Summer Workshop Introducing the 1900-1912 Jinshenlu Public Release

The Lee-Campbell group at HKUST in cooperation with the Institute of Qing History at Renmin University and the Institute of History and Culture at Central China Normal University is organizing a workshop to introduce the first public release from our China Government Employee Database-Qing (CGED-Q) database.

Civil officials according to whether they are Qiren or civilian, and serving in the capital or outside the capital, between 1900 and 1912. Constructed with the CGED-Q.

The initial release will consist of roughly 600,000 records of 60,000 civil officials who were recorded in the quarterly editions of the jinshenlu (缙绅录) between 1900 and 1912. Along with accompanying documentation, it will be available for download in May 2019 at sites at Renmin University and HKUST. In the coming years, the Lee-Campbell group plans to release all of the data, which at present consists of approximately 3.2 million records.

For additional information about the workshop, please see the announcement at the Renmin University Institute for Qing History website.

For an introduction to the CGED-Q, please see this project page at the Lee-Campbell Group website.

Construction and public release of the CGED-Q database has been supported by RGC GRF 16601718 and 16400114.

 

《江山代有才人出,各领风骚数十年:中国精英教育四段论,1865-2014》wins a prize

The Jiangsu Academy of Social Science awarded 梁 晨 (Chen LIANG), 董浩(Hao DONG), 任韵竹 (Bamboo Y. REN), 李中清 (James Z. Lee).《江山代有才人出,各领风骚数十年:中国精英教育四段论,1865-2014》. 《社会学研究》第三期(May/June): 48-70, a 2017 third prize (三等奖) for Outstanding Achievement in Philosophy and Social Science. This is the second such recognition in the last five years by the Jiangsu Academy of Lee Campbell Research Group scholarship and our tenth best book, best article, or choice award from a scholarly organization.

Liang Chen named a 2019 青年拔尖人才 Outstanding Young Talent

Liang Chen was named a 2019 青年拔尖人才 Outstanding Young Talent.  Outstanding Young Talents are Chinese scholars under the age of 40 from the natural and applied sciences, humanities, social sciences, and creative arts whose academic achievements already demonstrate outstanding creativity and social impact.

The Young Talents program was established in 2012. Approximately 200 Young Talents are named each year according to a rigorous nomination and selection process similar to those for Young Thousand Talents 青年千人 and Young Changjiang Scholars 青年长江 .

Paper on Banner officials in the Qing civil service 1900-1912 published in 清史研究

Our student Bijia Chen’s lead-authored paper on Banner officials in the Qing civil service between 1900 and 1912 recently appeared in 清史研究 (Studies in Qing History). The paper is titled 清末新政前后旗人与宗室官员的官职变化初探——以《缙绅录》数据库为材料的分析 (The Transition of Banner and Imperial Lineage Officials During the Late Qing Reform Period: Evidence from the Qing Jinshenlu Database) and examines how officials who were Bannermen were affected by the reforms and other changes in the New Government period (新政时期). The paper is available for download here:

http://qsyj.iqh.net.cn/CN/abstract/abstract2384.shtml

The paper makes use of the China Government Employee Database-Qing (CGED-Q) which we are constructing from the 缙绅录 and related materials. More detail about this project is available here.