Between 2002 and 2006 I studied Chinese full-time in mainland China, during which time I reached interpreter standard. In 2006 I returned to the UK to study for an MPhil in International Relations at Cambridge University, and after completion of the MPhil I worked for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC). In October 2009 I commenced reading for a PhD in East Asian Studies at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. I also write regularly for a number of trade journals on Chinese politics, business and government relations, as well as providing strategic investment advice for some of Europe’s largest companies.
Subject groups/Research projects
My research focuses on post-1949 Sino-Japanese relations, with particular emphasis on how various political actors in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have sought to portray Japan. My earlier work on the Chinese propaganda system has led me to focus on how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has used film, media and publishing to inculcate the Chinese masses with approved representations of Japan. I am currently analysing how this imagery is then used as a means of achieving domestic policy objectives, such as resolving political power struggles and promoting specific pieces of legislation. My work also includes a critical study of the “Patriotic Education Campaign” and its role in bolstering government legitimacy during the 1980s.
Chinese media, publishing and film; Chinese scholarship on Japan since 1949; how Chinese regions conceptualise Japan and manage their contact with that country (based on archival work in Nanjing, Harbin and Chongqing); the structure and output of the Chinese propaganda system; representations of Japan in Chinese history textbooks.