Dr Cangbai Wang
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Cangbai Wang studied Bachelor and Master degrees in History at Peking University, and obtained his Ph.D. from University of Hong Kong (2003) with a dissertation on ‘Re-establishing networks: Capital, Power and Identity in the Making of an Indonesian Chinese Community in Hong Kong’. He worked in the Research Department, Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of the PRC (1990 to 1995). Prior to joining University of Westminster as Senior Lecturer in 2008, he worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow/Honorary Assistant Professor at University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Lecturer at City University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Cangbai Wang has taught a wide-ranging number of courses in China studies, Chinese language and migration studies. The modules he taught as module leader include ‘Introduction to Chinese Media and Culture’, ‘China’s Century of Revolutions: 1895-1980’, ‘Between Art and Politics: Chinese Literature from May Fourth to June Fourth’, ‘China and the World: From Mao Zedong to the Present’. ‘Chinese Language Development’ and ‘Chinese for Work’. The ‘China and the World’ module has been selected as a university-level short course commissioned by the UK Ministry of Defence (since 2014). Over the years, he has supervised numerous undergraduate BA dissertations on a wide range of topics in relation to China’s social, cultural and political transformations and international relations. He is currently leading the following modules:
6CHIN001W Themes in Contemporary Chinese Studies
6LANS006W People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory In and Across Diasporic Spaces
USCP RRS China and the World: from Mao Zedong to the Present
Dr. Cangbai Wang has supervised PhD thesis on contemporary Chinese studies and MA thesis on Intercultural Communication. He welcomes enquires about postgraduate supervision in the fields of transnational migration and Chinese diaspora, museum and cultural heritage, social and cultural transformations of China/Asia in a transnational perspective.
He is currently supervising:
Denise Kwan, PhD thesis, ‘The talking of objects: migratory experiences, subjectivity and representation of Chinese women in the UK’, started in January 2016.
External examiner of PhD dissertations for Durham University (2011) and University of Leeds (2018); external examiner of Mst dissertation, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge (2017); and external examiner of MA and PhD dissertations for Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, since 2013.
External examiner of BA and MA Chinese Studies courses for School of Asian Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, 2015-2018.
Dr. Cangbai Wang has a longstanding interest in the study of transnational migration and Chinese diaspora. His earlier research focused on return migration to China, the Indonesian-Chinese communities in Hong Kong and the postcolonial border-crossing of professional migrants to global Hong Kong. He is the author of Life is Elsewhere: Stories of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong (2006) and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Journal of International Migration and Integration, Asian Population Studies, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Sociological Studies and The Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies.
Building upon his research on migration and inspired by the burgeoning critical heritage studies, he has extended his research to migration-related museum and cultural heritage studies. His works on diasporic heritage have been published in journals such as International Journal of Heritage Studies and China Information. His most recent book manuscript, titled Exhibiting Diaspora: Re-imagining China through the Overseas Chinese Museums, offers an innovative examination of the huaqiao (Overseas Chinese) museum fever in the PRC. It explores for the first time how the new museum knowledge and practices about the Chinese Diaspora has opened up wild and sometimes conflicting imaginings, among both domestic and international audiences, about the Chinese nation in a global context. It seeks to conceptualise Chinese nation and nationalism in new terms from the lens of diasporic heritage-making, and make a timely intervention in the theorisation of migration and diaspora by promoting cross-fertilisation of ideas across the fields of migration, museum and cultural heritage studies.
In 2014, Cangbai Wang founded HOMELandS (Hub of Migration, Exiles, Languages and Spaces), a cross-faculty research centre that is aimed at promoting theoretically-informed, interdisciplinary-oriented and language-based study of migration and diaspora. Based at the department of modern languages and cultures, it has brought together colleagues who are interested in the study of migration and culture in the university and beyond through organising workshops, seminars and conferences. A special issue on migration and materiality edited by Cangbai Wang with the contributions from HOMELandS members was published in Modern Languages Open (2016).
Funded research projects
Partner Researcher, ‘Research on the Public Policies on Migration, Multiculturalisation and Welfare for the Regeneration of Communities in European, Asian and Japanese Societies’, Core-to-Core Program hosted by Kobe University and funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2016-2020.
‘Theories and Practices of Chinese Diasporic Cultural Heritage: New Perspectives and New Methods’, funded by All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, PRC, RMB￥60,000, 2013-2015. (Principal Investigator)
‘Diasporic Chinese Heritage and Museums in the PRC’, funded by Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL), £1,500, 2013. (Principal Investigator)
‘Cultural Heritage in China; Changing Trajectories, Changing Tasks’, funded by Co-ordination of Research between Europe and China (Co-reach), 2009-2011. (Co-investigator)
‘Locating Hong Kong in the Global Network of Professional Migrants’, funded by Hong Kong Research Grant Council, HK$ 771,844, 2007-2009. (Coordinator)
‘Strategic Research Theme on Social and Public Policy’, funded by Seed Fund for Strategic Research Themes, University of Hong Kong, HK$ 999,774, 2005-2007. (Co-convener)
‘Chinese Diaspora in the Making of China’s Hong Kong’, funded by Small Project Funding, University of Hong Kong, HK$ 53,882, 2004-2006. (Principal Investigator)
‘A Comparative Study of Hong Kong and Selected Cities in Mainland China in Attracting Professionals and Talents’, Central Policy Unit of Hong Kong SAR Government, HK$ 439,059, 2004-2005. (Coordinator)
‘Life Stories of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong’, funded by Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research, HK$ 30,000, 2003-2004. (Principal Investigator)
Invited talks and conference papers
‘Gendering return migration to the PRC’, ‘the 5th Biannual International Symposium on Transnational Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, China, 7-11 December, 2018.
‘Re-imagining China through the Overseas Chinese museums’, Social and Cultural Anthropology Colloquium, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 24 October 2017.
‘Cultural heritage and the re-making of a qiaoxiang in South China’, The Modernisation of Social Governance: New Treads and New Responses, China Institute, SOAS, London, 18-19 September, 2017.
‘Ambivalent heritage: the im/possibility of using diasporic heritage in South China’, the 4th Biannual International Symposium on Transnational Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, China, 10-12 December, 2016.
‘How do emigrants adapt themselves to the local culture?’, panel discussion at the Kick-Off Symposium for Research on Public Policies on Migration, Multiculturalisation and Welfare for the Regeneration of Communities in European, Asian and Japanese Societies, Kobe University, Japan, 22-23 October, 2016.
‘The material turn in migration studies’, Mobility in Contemporary China: Imaginaries, technologies and power workshop, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, 29-30 September, 2016.
<物质文化：华人研究的新视角>, 华侨博物馆与华侨华人研究国际学术研讨会 (International Conference on the Overseas Chinese Museums and the Study of Chinese Overseas), Overseas Chinese History Museum of China and Peking University, Beijing, China, 28-29, November 2015.
‘Heritage theatre: diasporic heritage, city-branding and place-making in South China’, Cultural Heritage in China: Contested Understandings, Images and Practices. Lund University, Sweden 17-18 June, 2015.
‘Guiqiao as political subjects in the making of the People's Republic of China 1949-1979’, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, 6 November 2013.
‘Return migration and cultural heritage in China’, The China Institute of Overseas Chinese History Studies, Beijing, China, 26 July 2013.
Book review editor, Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 2007-2009.
(Honorary) board member, China Association of Overseas Chinese History Studies, since 2016.
Article manuscript reviewer for International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Studies Review, Modern China, Population, Space and Place, International Journal of Migration and Integration, Social and Cultural Geography, Geopolitics, Gender, Place and Culture, Journal of Chinese Overseas and《华侨华人历史研究》