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Katrine WONG

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Katrine Wong is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO), the Institute of East Asian Studies in Lyon, France. She joined the Institute in the fall of 2013 and is now carrying out her doctoral research in the field of modern and contemporary Chinese history under the supervision of Ph.D. advisor Professor Christian Henriot.

Disciplinary field

History, Humanities and Social Sciences
Research field

Modern and contemporary Chinese history, history of Shanghai, history of Republican Shanghai
Thesis title: (preliminary thesis title)

Wang Xiaolai (1886-1967) : A Biography

The dissertation will explore and document the life of Wang Xiaolai (1886-1967), one of the most prominent and emblematic figures of Republican Shanghai. The thesis will research his ascent to prominence through the many positions he held and the bonds he forged as a Shanghai merchant elite, financier, business leader, politician, and patron of the arts during the Republican era in China. As president of the Zhabei Chamber of Commerce and then chairman of the powerful Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, Wang’s leading position as a Shanghai entrepreneur, with close ties to leaders of the Nationalist Guomindang Party, the nascent Chinese Communist Party and the Green Gang, put him at the very heart of the financial, industrial and business networks of Shanghai.

By analysing and interpreting a range of primary sources preserved in major archives in East Asia, the U.S.A. and Europe, the dissertation will seek to produce a first detailed study of this key figure of Republican Shanghai.
Thesis advisor

Christian Henriot
Curriculum Vitae


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