Questioning neutrality: Sino-Portuguese relations during the war and the post-war periods (1937-1949)
Supervisor: Rana Mitter
My thesis analyses relations between China and Portugal during the Second World War and the post-war until 1949, with a particular focus on wartime Macau. Based on a variety of archival sources in English, Portuguese and Chinese from different countries, my research project sheds light on a largely overlooked case study of China’s War of Resistance and of imperialism in East Asia. My thesis combines aspects of imperial, diplomatic, war, intelligence, and social history.
I received doctoral studentships from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
Before coming to Oxford, I completed two MA degrees (with distinction) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London: one in Chinese Studies and one in Historical Research Methods. I also studied Mandarin Chinese at the National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica.
I am one of the convenors of the International History of East Asia Seminar at the Oxford China Centre.