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.
The paper “Interethnic marriage in Northeast China, 1866-1913” that I co-authored with Lee-Campbell group PhD student Bijia Chen (lead) and Lee-Campbell group PhD graduate Dong Hao (now an Assistant Professor at Peking University) 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 papers selected as Editor’s Choice:
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.
For a complete schedule, please see this entry at the Lee-Campbell Group web page.
Current student Bijia Chen, former student Hao Dong and I 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:
I just noticed that the final version of the manuscript of my paper with James Lee and Mark Elliott entitled “Demographic estimate of the population of the Eight Banners” is available for download at the Harvard institutional repository.
Here is the full citation:
Elliott, Mark C., Cameron Campbell, and James Lee. 2016. A Demographic Estimate of the Population of the Qing Banners. Études chinoises. XXXV-1: 9-40.
Hopefully this paper will be useful and interesting to anyone working on Qing history.
Satomi Kurosu and I published a survey on Asian historical demography in the new Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography edited by Zhongwei Zhao and Adrian C. Hayes. In our review, we covered work on classic topics in historical demography such as population growth, fertility and mortality, as well as topics of growing interest such as migration, kinship, marriage, and reproduction. We also introduce the various sources of data that are transforming the study of historical populations in Asia.
For more information, please visit the entry for the book at the publisher’s site.
HKUST Social Science MPhil alumnae Xiaolu (Emma) Zang lead-authored a paper with me on childhood co-residence with grandparents and later life mortality in 19th century Liaoning using the China Multigenerational Panel Database-Liaoning (CMGPD-LN). The paper grew out of work she did while an MPhil student here at HKUST, and exploits the longitudinal depth of the CMGPD-LN to study how male childhood co-residence with parental grandparents was associated with mortality later in life.
The paper can be viewed here.
The CMGPD-LN is available for download at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and this paper is just one example of the many potential applications of the data.
Part II of my Coursera course Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society will launch June 26:
The emphasis is on providing a basic understanding of key elements in the process of designing and conducting a social science research study, with an emphasis on examples related to China. It is not China-specific, and should be accessible to anyone with a general interest in acquiring some understanding of how research is conducted. The intended audience is laypersons who have not previously had a systematic introduction to social science research methods, but would like one in order to better understand research results reported elsewhere, or because they are contemplating a transition into doing social science research.
The course complements topical courses offered by HKUST which focus on China, which emphasize the presentation of important results relevant to specific subjects. Examples include courses on Chinese politics by David Zweig, Chinese history, population, and society by James Lee, and Chinese economic development by Albert Park. This course would provide insight into how the results presented in these other courses were derived.
Part I is available here:
Our new undergraduate program, Quantitative Social Analysis, has a new web page. Check it out! We’re admitting our first students for the fall 2017 intake.