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Emma Zang wins American Sociological Association Section on Asia/Asian-America “Best Graduate Student Paper” award

Emma Zang, HKUST Social Science MPhil and Duke PhD graduate, was awarded “Best Graduate Student Paper” by the American Sociological Association Section on Asia/Asian-America for our Demography paper “Males’ Later-Life Mortality Consequences of Co-residence With Paternal Grandparents: Evidence From Northeast China, 1789-1909” which she lead-authored. The paper used the CMGPD to study how co-residence with paternal grandparents in childhood affected mortality in later life.  The award will be presented in August 2019 at the business meeting of the Asia/Asian-America  section at the American Sociological Association.

Emma will also be taking a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Yale in July 2019.

Congratulations to Emma!

Zang, Emma., Cameron Campbell 2018. Males’ Later-Life Mortality Consequences of Coresidence With Paternal Grandparents: Evidence From Northeast China, 1789-1909. Demography. 55(2):435-57. PDF.

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.

China Government Employee Database-Qing (CGED-Q) 2019 Summer Workshop

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 1900-1912. 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.


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.


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” 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:

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.

For a complete schedule, please see this entry at the Lee-Campbell Group web page.


Ethnic intermarriage in northeast China during the late Qing

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:


Demographic Estimate of the Population of the Eight Banners

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.


Review of Asian historical demography in the new Handbook of Asian Demography

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.

New paper in Demography on childhood co-residence with grandparents and later life mortality in 19th century Liaoning using the CMGPD-LN

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.