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Research overview

Professor Lee specialises in the culture and cultural history of China and its diaspora from the nineteenth-century imagining of China the nation-state to today. His areas of interest include collective memory, censorship, the technical/technological society, the Anthopocene, and the ideology and representation of work. He is particularly interested in the contribution premodern, pre-Chinese thought — as found in the Zhuangzi 莊子 — may make to the resolution of contemporary problems.

His current research project involves creating an archive, and writing a multi-volume history, of Chinese culture 1976-2025. Amanda Mantong Zhang, Research Fellow, works alongside him on this project.

He has supervised numerous doctoral students in the fields of Chinese Studies and Transcultural Studies.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, SOAS University of London

1 Oct 198110 Jul 1985

Award Date: 10 Jul 1985

Diploma Political Economy , Peking University

Sept 1979Aug 1981

Award Date: 9 Jul 1981

Bachelor of Arts, Chinese (Classical and Modern), SOAS University of London

Oct 1975Jul 1979

Award Date: 9 Jul 1979

Fellow, British Academy Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

1 Oct 198531 Dec 1985

External positions

Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3


  • PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • Chinese
  • Cantonese
  • DS Asia
  • China
  • Diaspora
  • Hong Kong


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