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Victor Guanmian Xu MPhil

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: Asian History, Early Modern History, Material Culture

Cohort/Start PhD: 2018-2019

Exotica in Chinese Taste, 1300-1800

Leiden University
Promotor(es): Prof. dr. Anne Gerritsen, Dr Fan Lin
Aanstelling: vanaf september 2018

I am interested in the history of exoticism and capitalism in early modern Asia. My Ph.D. project aims to rethink the history of early modern globalisation from the perspective of Asian reception and consumption of the things from the other (the so-called exotica). It will investigate how and why three “exotic things” (pepper, trepang and edible bird nest) became essential part of Chinese taste from the late medieval to early modern period, and how that process was entangled with the well-known historic events in early modern globalization, such as the expeditions of Zheng He into the Indian Ocean, the building of the Portuguese and Dutch empires in early modern Asia, and the expansion of Chinese network in Southeast Asia.