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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 Introducting 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:

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.

Lee-Campbell group at the Social Science History Association meetings in Phoenix, November 8-11, 2018

Nine members of the Lee-Campbell group will be presenting a total of 10 papers in 9 different sessions at the Social Science History Association meetings in Phoenix, November 8-11, 2018. There will be papers from all of our projects, including Qing civil service careers, Republican higher education and employment, family and social change in mid-20th century China, and historical demography. Three members will be chairing or serving as discussant at sessions.

Thursday, November 08: 02:45 PM-04:45 PM

Session: Educational and Career Trajectories in Comparative Context
Primary Network: Education

Bamboo Ren, Chen Liang, James Lee. Female Tertiary Education in China and Women’s Entry in the Public Sphere 1905-1952.

Session: Inequalities
Primary Network: Economics

Shuang Chen. Institutional and socio-economic determinants of wealth accumulation and dissipation: A case in Northeast China, 1866-1912

Thursday, November 08: 05:00 PM-07:00 PM

Session: Family and Class under State Control: Taxation, Financialization, and Inequality
Primary Network: States and Society

Xiangning Li, Matt Noellert, Cameron Campbell, James Lee. Inequality, Political Mobilization, and Class Re-categorization in the Socialist Education Movement in North China, 1963 -1966 .

Session: Religious Boundaries, Diversity, and Change
Primary Network: Religion
Other Networks: Urban

Ji Li. Catholic Communities and Local Governance in Northeast China before 1949

Friday, November 09: 08:00 AM-10:00 AM

Session: The Making of the Chinese Society
Primary Network: Macro-Historical Dynamics
Other Networks: States and Society

James Lee, Chen Liang, Bamboo Ren. Social and Geographical Origins of University Students in China, 1905-1952.

Friday, November 09: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Session: Kinship Beyond the Household: Methodology
Primary Network: Family/Demography

Hao Dong. The Endogenous Shaping of Family Trees by Ancestral Traits: An Empirical Note to Multigenerational Research Methodology.

Saturday, November 10: 08:00 AM-10:00 AM

Session: Administrative and political careers
Primary Network: Economics
Other Networks: Macro-Historical Dynamics, Politic

Bijia Chen, Cameron Campbell, James Lee. Structural Inequality in the Civil Service in Late Imperial China.

Cameron Campbell, Bijia Chen, Heng Hu, James Lee. Careers of Local Officials in the Qing Civil Service.

Saturday, November 10: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Session: Kinship Beyond the Household: Spatial mobility and coresidence Primary Network: Family/Demography
Other Networks: Historical Geography and GIS

Matt Noellert, Xianging Li, Cameron Campbell, James Lee. Beyond the Household, the Village, and the Countryside: Kin Networks and Spatial Mobility in Revolutionary China, 1945-1965.

Saturday, November 10: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Session: Kinship Beyond the Household: Spatial mobility and coresidence Primary Network: Family/Demography
Other Networks: Historical Geography and GIS

Dong Hao is chair and discussant

Saturday, November 10: 01:00 PM-03:00 PM

Session: Kinship, gender and reproduction (Paper session — Complete)
Primary Network: Family/Demography

Cameron Campbell is chair and discussant.

Saturday, November 10: 03:15 PM-05:15 PM

Session: Kinship Beyond the Household: Adoption and in-law relations
Primary Network: Family/Demography

Satomi Kurosu, Hao Dong. Adoption as a Family Continuity Strategy in Early Modern Japan.

Shuang Chen is the discussant

Paper on interethnic marriage during the Qing designated “Editor’s Choice” by the journal Demographic Research

The paper “Interethnic marriage in Northeast China, 1866-1913” co-authored by current Lee-Campbell group PhD student Bijia Chen, Lee-Campbell group PhD graduate Dong Hao (now an Assistant Professor at Peking University) and Cameron Campbell that was published this year in Demographic Research has been named Editor’s Choice by the journal’s editorial board as one of the best papers published in volume 38. The paper examines patterns of intermarriage between Han and Manchu in a frontier population in northeast China from the mid-19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. It finds that intermarriage between the two groups was not uncommon and also increased over time. The chances of intermarriage depended on village and family context as well as individual socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. The article is available Open Access here:

The complete list of Editor’s Choice papers is available here:

Hao Dong appointed as Assistant Professor at Peking University

We are pleased to report that Lee-Campbell group member and PhD graduate Hao DONG has taken up a position as an Assistant Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Social Research, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. Concurrently, he has been selected as a Boya Young Fellow (博雅青年学者). He is the first Boya Young Fellow to be appointed in humanities and social science at Peking University.

Hao plans to continue his comparative research on social inequality and family demography. For his studies, he makes use of such large-scale, longitudinal historical population administrative microdata as the Lee-Campbell group’s China Multigenerational Panel Databases as well as contemporary census and survey data.

Hao has eight peer-reviewed publications in English and four peer-reviewed publications in Chinese. His English-language work has appeared in Demography, Social Science and Medicine, Demographic Research, Evolution and Human Behavior, and IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. His Chinese language work has appeared in 文史哲, 社会学研究, 历史研究, 社会.

Before joining Peking University, Hao was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China and Postdoctoral Affiliate at the Office of Population Research (OPR) and Department of Sociology, Princeton University. As a postdoc at Princeton he was supervised by Yu Xie and they continue to collaborate.

Hao earned his PhD in Social Science at HKUST in 2016, supervised by James Lee with support from Cameron Campbell. While a PhD student at HKUST he was supported by the Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship Scheme.

Hao Dong’s website:

Paper on ethnic intermarriage during the Qing by Lee-Campbell Group members

Lee-Campbell group student Bijia Chen, former student Hao Dong and Cameron Campbell recently published a paper in Demographic Research on ethnic intermarriage in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang, during the late Qing:

This paper grew out of Bijia’s MPhil thesis. It uses registered ethnicity of males and inferred ethnicity of wives to examine marriage between Han, Manchu, and others within the Banner populations in Shuangcheng in the late 19th century. Wife’s ethnicity was inferred from her surname. The population is a useful one to study because the Han, Manchu and others who composed it were all part of the Banners, and marriages between them were not subject to rules that forbade or discouraged marriage between Banners and non-Banners. In other words, it is an opportunity to study boundaries between Manchu and Han in a setting where they were not subject to regulations on Banner/non-Banner marriage that would have had the side effect of making Manchu/Han marriage difficult in most other parts of China.

The analysis uses the CMGPD Shuangcheng database, which is available for download from ICPSR: