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Zhenru Lin Jacqueline

Zhenru Lin, Jacqueline

PhD Student in Chinese Studies


2014-2016 M.Phil. in Gender Studies and Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2008-2014 B.A. Major in Business Administration, and Minor in Anthropology, The Chinese Uniervsity of Hong Kong 

Subject groups/Research projects

Chinese Studies:

Research Interests

Current Research

Lost Martyrs Want to Go Home: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Socialist China

My thesis is an ethnographical study on the commemorative rituals for the Kuomintang soldiers who died in the Second World War in Mainland China.

M.Phil. Dissertation

Making Authentic National Heroes: Gender and Nationalism in Post-socialist China

This thesis focuses on Mainland China volunteers who have for a decade sought out those they considered as authentic national heroes. They were seeking out the remaining Kuomintang (KMT) veterans left in Mainland China after the KMT government moved to Taiwan in 1949. In this thesis, I argue that there are competing versions of historical narratives rooted in different claims to authenticity, which have constructed particular ideas of nationhood in post- socialist China. Based on participant observation and interviews, this thesis aims to articulate the dynamics in the making of authenticity and nationhood as these interfaced with gender politics. 

Other Professional Activities


3rd Global Social Sciences Graduate Students Conference - November, 2014 - Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
“Gender in Ethnic Business: An Ethnographic Study of Nepali Enterprising Women in Hong Kong"

2015 Joint Annual Meeting Program of
 East Asian Anthropological Association AND Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnology - October, 2015 - National Chengchi University, Taipei
“Seeking the National Heroes around You: Nationalism and Gender in Contemporary China”

114TH American Anthropology Association (AAA) Annual Meeting  -  November, 2015 - Denver, USA
“Masculinity in Volunteering for Kuomintang Veterans in China”