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Update 7/15: Between the Two Constitutions

By • Jul 15th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

  The two major primary documents I located, transcribed, and translated during my archival visit in Beijing were two Chinese constitutions promulgated in 1908 and 1911. The juxtaposition of these codes corroborates China’s political progression in the 1900s, when the country witnessed a constitutionalist reform initiated by the late-Qing regime. Represented democracy and separation of […]

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Update 7/10: Archival Trip to Beijing

By • Jul 13th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

  Things happened, but I am back from Beijing. The entrance into the China First Historical Archive in Beijing requires an application on arrival, which I did expect but was overly optimistic about. Unlike a visa on arrival, the application does not guarantee the permission of entry. Though seeing a reference letter from a Chinese […]

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Update 6/13: Some Thoughts about the Outline and Some Questions to Answer

By • Jun 12th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Research Update, 06/13   Tentative outline and thesis The purpose of this research project is to analyze the significance of late-Qing constitutions, and to understand late-Qing constitutional movements’ political legacy. My tentative thesis suggests that the two constitutions published in early twentieth-century Qing China symbolized China’s political modernization, as China, for the first time, had […]

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3/20 Introduction to History Summer Research Project

By • Mar 23rd, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

Dear all, I am thrilled to announce the commencement of my summer research project on early-twentieth-century Chinese constitutionalism. I wish you enjoyed the following introduction of my project and discussion of the topic’s historical significance.   The Little-known Modernity: The Late-Qing Constitutionalist Reform, 1901-1911 Department: History       Applicant: Zhengyuan Ling       Advisor: Eric […]

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Weekly Report 1028-Revised Proposal

By • Oct 30th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Weekly Report 1028   Research Topic: Confucianism in the Development of Japanese Nationalism Advisor: Professor Eric Han My Honors research project concentrates on Confucianism in pre-modern Japan since the eighteenth century and its role in the development of Japanese nationalism. Confucianism in Edo-era Japan (1603-1868 C.E.) conduced the notion of Japanese proto-nationalism by advocating the…
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Weekly Report 1020-Proposed Structure and Annotated Bibliography

By • Oct 28th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Weekly Report 1020 Proposed Structure of the Thesis and Annotated Bibliography   Structure of the Thesis Introduction: Thesis + Abstract Confucianism in early-modern Japan (Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods) as both the indigenous origin of Japanese proto-nationalism and the mechanism that localized western Nationalism. Reference of Kiri Paramore’s Japanese Confucianism + primary source analysis of early-modern…
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Weekly Report 1007-State of Field Synthesis

By • Oct 8th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Zhengyuan Paul Ling History 494 Professor Limoncelli 10/02/2018 State of Field Essay Interconnecting the study of Confucianism in Japan and that of Japanese Nationalism is a comparatively novel approach within the East Asian historical studies society. In this millennium, Kiri Paramore and his Japanese Confucianism revive and interact with the discussion of both topics, upon…
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Weekly Report 0923-Paramore Chapter 5-7

By • Sep 23rd, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Weekly Report 0923 Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History by Kiri Paramore (chapter 5-7) and the book review by Samuel Hideo Yamashita   The utilitarian nature of Confucianism in Japan, cont.   Ogyu Sorai, whom Kiri Paramore regards as the most prominent Confucian intellectual in Tokugawa Japan, reinterpreted Confucianism. Ogyu identified two issues of Neo-Confucianism introduced…
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Weekly Report 0909-Paramore Chapter 1-4

By • Sep 10th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Weekly Report 0909 Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History by Kiri Paramore (chapter 1-4) and the book review by Samuel Hideo Yamashita   The utilitarian nature of Confucianism in Japan   Kiri Paramore constructively explains the introduction of Confucianism to Japan and analyzes Confucianism’s historical significance in Edo-era Japan. Paramore claims that Confucianism had played different…
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Weekly Report 0902-Revised Research Proposal

By • Sep 10th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Weekly Report 0902 Revised Research Proposal Zhengyuan Ling   Topic: The Japanese Proto-Nationalism in the 1700s Confucianism in the Development of Japanese Nationalism Department: History Advisor: Professor Eric C. Han   My research concentrates on Japanese proto-nationalism in the 18th century, when Japanese Confucian aristocrats and bureaucrats witnessed the barbarian usurpation of governance over civilized…
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