About

Leo K. Shin

Associate Professor of Chinese History, Department of History, University of British Columbia

Fellow, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (1995–1997)

Leo K. Shin, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, is a cultural historian of later imperial China. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton in 1999. His research interest lies in the relationship between culture, identity, and historical memory. His current book project, The Uses of a Chinese Martyr, is a study of the memories of Yue Fei (1103–1142), the famous Song-dynasty general who was ordered to death by the emperor but who has since been transformed into the premier symbol of loyalism and patriotism in Chinese societies. The study examines the history of this transformation and explores what it may reveal about the relationship between culture, identity, and memory in later imperial China. Shin taught at both Simon Fraser University and Columbia University prior to the University of British Columbia.