Academics

Bob Eng

Professor, History

Degrees: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1978 (History); M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1970 (Asian Studies); B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1968 (Mathematics)

Office: History , Gannett Center #14

Phone: 909/748-8605 Campus Ext. 8605

E-mail: robert_eng@redlands.edu

Web: http://bulldog2.redlands.edu/FacultyFolder/Eng/ENG.html

Portrait

**On Leave for the 2014-2015 Academic Year**

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • China, Japan and Korea, with emphasis on the modern and contemporary periods, social and economic history and popular culture
  • World History

Professional Background Highlights

  • Author of "Economic Imperialism in China: Silk Production and Exports, 1861-1932" (Berkeley, 1986), and numerous articles and book reviews published in leading academic journals including American Historical Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Late Imperial China, Modern Asian Studies, Modern China, and Pacific Affairs, as well as in edited volumes published in Australia and the People's Republic of China (PRC)
  • Topics of publications include:
    • the population history of Qing China and Tokugawa Japan
    • labor movements and women's collective action in 20th century China
    • business enterprise in Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton)
    • state and society in 20th century China
    • cinematic representations of Chinese history and contemporary politics
    • politics and culture of identity discourse in contemporary China
  • ASIANetwork Board of Directors, 2006-2009, and Web editor since 2006
  • Director of the University of Redlands Regional Center of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) since 2007
  • Awards and fellowships include:
    • the Mellon Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University (1978-1979)
    • the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute Fellowship, University of Chicago (1981)
    • NEH Summer Research Stipend, summer 1983 (research in PRC)
    • NEH Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, Feb. 1987-Jan. 1988 (research in PRC)
    • Outstanding Faculty Research Award, University of Redlands, 1989
    • NEH Summer Institute Fellowship, Shimla and New Delhi, Summer 2008
  • Webmaster for the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies, East and Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources, Macau WWW Virtual Library (part of The WWW Virtual Library) and A Quick and Dirty Guide to Installing and Using East Asian Languages Under Microsoft Windows

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Classical Asian Civilizations: China and Japan
  • Modern Asian Civilizations: China and Japan
  • Modern China
  • China Since 1949
  • Contemporary China: Literary and Cinematic Perspectives
  • Modern Japan
  • War and Society in Korean Films
  • The Pacific Rim
  • World History to 1450
  • America and Asia
  • Business and Entrepreneurship in Historical Perspective
  • Cyberculture and the Networked Society in the Information Age
  • First Year Seminar (topics include “The Dragon and the Peony: Literary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization,” Hackers and Netizens in Cyberspace: How Computers and Information Technology Impact Our Lives,” and “Film and Reality: Cinematic Reconstructions and Interpretations of Chinese Culture and History”)
  • Senior Capstone Seminar (topics include “War and Economy in Peasant Societies” and “Globalization: Wealth and Poverty of Nations”)

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1978 (History)
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1970 (Asian Studies)
  • B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1968 (Mathematics)

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Arizona State University, Sept. 1979 - May 1980
  • Mellon Fellow, Department of History, and Director of Asian Civilizations Program, Case Western Reserve University, Aug. 1978 - May 1979

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: “Bharata Darshan, Past and Present in the Study of India’s History and Culture." Shimla and New Delhi, Summer 2008
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award, University of Redlands, 1989
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, Feb. 1987-Jan. 1988, research conducted in the People's Republic of China, May-June 1987
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, summer 1983, research conducted in the People's Republic of China
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, “Perspectives in Chinese History,” Summer Seminar for College Teachers given by Professor Ping-ti Ho, The University of Chicago, June - Aug. 1981
  • Mellon Fellow, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, Aug. 1978 - May 1979

Publications, Presentations and Panels

“The Politics and Culture of Identity Discourse: Representations of Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong Cinema,” ASIANetwork Exchange, 14:3 (Spring 2007), 12-16

“Rural Commercialization, Polder Reclamation, and Social Transformation in Modern China: State and Society in the Pearl River Delta,” Empire, Nation, and Beyond: Chinese History in Late Imperial and Modern Times - a Festschrift in Honor of Frederic Wakeman, Jr. (Berkeley, 2006)

“Is Hero a Paean to Authoritarianism?” AsiaMedia, UCLA Asia Institute, posted Sept. 7, 2004

“Qingdai ji Minguo shiqi de tudi kaiken, shangren ziben he zhengzhi quanli: Dongguan Minglun tang [Land Reclamation, Merchant Wealth and Political Power in Qing and Republican China: Minglun Tang of Dongguan County],” in Ye Xian'en (ed.), Qingdai quyu shehui jingji yanjiu [Studies in Qing Local Social and Economic History] (Beijing, 1992), Vol. I, 510-521

“Luddism and Labor Protest Among Silk Artisans and Workers in Jiangnan and Guangdong, 1860-1930,” Late Imperial China, XI:2 (Winter 1990), 63-101.

(Trans. & rev.) Ye Xian'en and Chen Chunsheng, “Social and Economic History of Guangdong Province: State of the Field,” Late Imperial China, XI:2 (Winter 1990), 102-115.

“The Transformation of a Semi-Colonial Port City: Shanghai, 1843-1941,” chapter 5 of Frank Broeze (ed.), Brides of the Sea: Port Cities of Asia from the 16th to 20th centuries (Kensington, Australia: University of New South Wales Press, 1989).

“Qingdai Minguo Zhujiang sanjiaozhou de xiangzutian yu erlu dizhu [Institutional Land and Secondary Landlords in the Pearl River Delta in the Qing and Republican Periods],” Guangdong shehui kexue, 4 (1987), 93-5.

Economic Imperialism in China: Silk Production and Exports, 1861-1932. Berkeley, 1986.

“Institutional and Secondary Landlordism in the Pearl River Delta, 1600-1949,” Modern China, XII:1 (January 1986), 3-37.

“Chinese Entrepreneurs, the Government, and the Foreign Sector: The Canton and Shanghai Silk-reeling Enterprises, 1861-1932,” Modern Asian Studies, XVIII:3 (1984), 353-70.

(With James Lee), “Population and Family History in 18th Century Manchuria: Daoyi, 1774-1798,” Ch'ing-shih wen-t'i, V:1 (June 1984), 1-55.

(With T.C. Smith), “Fertility and Infanticide,” chapter 5 in Thomas C. Smith, Nakahara: Family Farming and Population in a Japanese Village, 1717-1830 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1977).

______, “Peasant Families and Population Control in 18th Century Japan,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, VIII:3 (Winter 1976), 417-445.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
  • World History Association (WHA)
  • Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS)
  • Asian Studies Advisory Committee, University of Redlands

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