Archives for the ‘history’ Category

Update 2: Facts, Rumors, Suspicious Appreciation and Fearful Hopes: Make Sense of History

By • Jul 17th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

In the past week, I read more historical materials from various mission boards stored at Yale Divinity School Libraries. I mainly examined how American Protestant missionaries perceived the political and social conditions in China, and how they contributed to American images of China from 1945 to 1949. As I wrote in my last update that  […]

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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 1: American Protestant Missionaries’ experiences with Communism in China in the mid-20th century—the Chinese Civil War and Cold War

By • Jul 8th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

During the past two weeks, I have read scholar works on American images of China and its influence on American diplomatic decisions during the Chinese Civil War between Chinese Communism Party and Chines Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) from 1945 to 1949, and began reading primary sources in Missionary Research Library at Columbia University. These readings illuminate […]

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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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Dreams of Modernity in Northern Ireland, Then and Now

By • Jun 6th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

     Strife!  Chaos!      Have I got your attention?      When many people think of Northern Ireland, I’ve noticed, they tend to assume that life there revolves around The Troubles, and that the province’s squabbles are endless.  No doubt communal tensions still exist here, but the six Irish counties in the United…
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Female World War II pilots in historical fiction

By • Jun 6th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I plan on writing a historical fiction piece about a romance between two women. I imagined two central characters loosely inspired by actual historical figures: a British spy working with a Resistance cell in central Europe and a Russian female fighter pilot. Sasha, the pilot, crash-lands in enemy territory, and Stella, the spy, discovers her […]

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One of the Three Graces- Uncovering the Life of Sarah Livingston Jay

By • Jun 1st, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Yesterday, I got back from the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY, and I am happy to say that it was a productive and enjoyable visit! Thanks to the support of their curator, Arthur Benware, I was able to go through their copious research notes, view a lot of the Jay family’s original pieces, and…
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Finding Political Women in Philadelphia

By • May 29th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Last week, I finally got my time in the archives (which is a fancy way of saying I went to the library) during a wonderful visit to Philadelphia! I was based in a lovely little Airbnb in the Society Hill area, just down the street from the new Museum of the American Revolution and the…
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Diving Into William and Mary’s Past: Research Update 1

By • May 20th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research, William and Mary

Finding a Method  In this past week, I began searching through the Colonial Echo yearbooks for examples of racism, racial insensitivity, or offensive traditions. I am extremely grateful that members of the special collections team at Swem library put in countless hours of work scanning yearbooks to make them available in the digital archives. After […]

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