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Guotong Li, Ph. D.

Associate Professor
B.A., in Chinese History, Peking University, China
M.A., in Chinese History, National University of Singapore
Ph.D., in Chinese History, University of California, Davis
Contact Information:
562 985-4465
Office: FO2-220
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Research Interests

Dr. Li’s current research interests focus on gender and family in Chinese society, particularly in the context of Chinese emigration to Southeast Asia. She is interested in studying writing women in late imperial China (1368-1911) and gender and ethnic relations along China’s southeast coast. She has recently completed two book manuscripts, entitled Reopening the Fujian Coast: Gender, Family, and Ethnic Identities in an Early Modern Maritime World and In Quest of Immortality: Women’s Education in Late Imperial China, respectively.  In Fall 2013, she was on sabbatical leave working on her next research project, which is about a Chinese Muslim community in late imperial Quanzhou, the largest sea port in the world under the Mongol empire. Her new project attempts to bring a more global perspective on local histories. Her teaching fields include Chinese history, migration history, and gender history in East Asia from imperial times to the present.

Selected Publications:


Reopening the Fujian Coast: Gender, Family, and Ethnic Identities in an Early Modern World (book manuscript, under peer review)

In Quest of Immortality: Women’s Education in Late Imperial China, 1368-1911 (book manuscript in Chinese, under contract with Guangxi Normal University Press)

Hu Shi Zhuanji zuopin quan bian (The collected biographic works of Hu Shih). Shanghai: Orient Publishing Center, 1999, 4 volumes (in Chinese, co-eds with Geng Yunzhi).

Articles and Chapters

“The Control of Female Energies: Gender and Ethnicity on China’s Southeast Coast.” In Transformations:

Gender in Chinese History, edited by Beverly Bossler and Ellen Widmer (accepted by University of Washington Press).

“Fujian Coast: The Home of Boundary-crossers in the Eighteenth Century.” In Ming Qing Studies (2013): 259-274 (refereed).

“Rethinking Liang Qichao’s (1873-1929) Colonial Thinking.” In New Perspective on Chinese Intellectual History, edited by the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2013: 58-68 (in Chinese, refereed).

“New Migration History through a Gender Lens.” In A New Look at Chinese History through the Lens of Gender, edited by Clara Ho. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2012: 174-177 (in Chinese, refereed).

“Imagining History and the State: Fujian Guixiu (Genteel Ladies) on the Road and at Home.” In The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing, edited by Grace Fong and Ellen Widmer. Leiden: Brill, 2010: 315-338 (refereed).  Chinese version, Beijing: Peking University Press, 2014: 287-304.

“‘No One Could Not Be Taught’: A Study of Women’s Didactic Books in Late Imperial China.”In Chinese Thought and Chinese Society: Retrospect, Exploration and Prospect of Historical Research, edited by Tao Feiya and Yao Ping. Shanghai: Shanghai University Press, 2010: 381-398 (in Chinese, refereed).

“Rethinking Women in Chinese Enlightenment during the 1898 Reform Era.” In Jianghai Journal (Nanjing: Jiangsu Academy of Social Science) 6 (2008): 19-25 (in Chinese, refereed).  Reprinted in full in Women’s Studies (Information Center for Social Sciences, Renmin University of China) 1 (2009): 35-41 (refereed).

“The Consciousness of Responsibility and ‘Immortality’ in Women’s Writings in Late Imperial China.” In Yenching Journal of Chinese Studies (Beijing: Peking University Press) 20 (2006): 55-77 (in Chinese, refereed).

“In Quest of Immortality: A Perspective of Chinese Women’s History.” In Bulletin of Ming-Qing Studies (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University) vol. 8 (2005): 203-220 (refereed).

“A Research Review on the Studies of Women’s History in Late Imperial China.” In Excursions in Sinology, edited by Lee Cheuk Yin. Hong Kong: Business Press, 2002: 279-299 (in Chinese, refereed).

“The Origins of Feminist Thinking in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.” Research on Women in  Modern Chinese History (Taipei: Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica) 3 (1995): 143-161 (in Chinese, refereed).

Research Grants:

  • Wang Family Faculty Stipend Fellowship from the International Programs of California State University, 2010-2011.
  • PhD Dissertation Research Grant from the Pacific Rim Research Program of the University of California, July 2005 – June 2006.
  • Research Scholarship from the National University of Singapore, 1999-2001.
  • Junior Researcher Grant from Chinese Academy of Social Science, 1997-1999

Courses Being Taught:

  • History 301 Methodology of History
  • History 382A Imperial China
  • History 382B Modern China
  • History 406A Asian Women
  • History 412/512 Chinese Emigration/Migration in Modern Times
  • History 444/544 The Pacific Ocean in World History
  • History 499 Senior Seminar: Gender and the Family in East Asia
  • History 590 Graduate Seminar: Cross-Cultural Women’s and Gender History
  • History 682 Graduate Seminar: Selected Topic in Asian History