The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its 2020 competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic,  social, and political history or archaeology.  Though many recipients were forced to defer their research trips to 2021, this page lists all who were offered awards in 2020. Congratulations to all recipients, whose publications to date are also listed:

Shu (Sarah) CHANG. Ph.D. student. University of California, Santa Cruz. “In Search of the Socialist Working Woman: The Spatial Politics of Gender in Chengdu from Maoism to State Capitalism.”

CHEN Ran. Ph. student. University of Arizona. “Small Tools, Subsistence Strategy and the Dawn of Sedentism: Microliths from Upper Paleolithic to Early Neolithic in Central China.”

Weiting GUO. Postdoctoral Scholar.  Aix-Marseille Université. “Deep Waters: Coastal Guerrillas and the Making of Modern China and Taiwan, 1949–1965.”

LI Jingbo. Ph.D. student. Stanford University. “Alcohol Production and Consumption in the Bronze Age of China.”

Emily MOKROS. Assistant Professor. University of Kentucky. “Capital Collapse: Money, Crime, and Space in Nineteenth-Century Beijing.”

Stephanie Marie PAINTER. Ph.D. student. University of Chicago. “Women’s Violent Crime: A Crisis of Weak Patriarchy in Eighteenth Century China.”

Yu-Cheng SHIH. Ph.D. student. Brown University. “Fluid State: Environmental Changes and Littoral Communities on Lake Tai, 1850-1950.”

Jennifer Yuk Lum YIP. Ph.D. student. University of Pennsylvania. “Of Rice and Men: Nationalist Grain Transport Policies In Wartime China, 1937–45.”

“Carrying the “Nation’s Thousand-Jin Burden”: Yiyun, the Relay Transportation System during the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937–1945.” Modern China, Feb 5, 2023. DOI:

Yuchao ZHAO. Ph.D. candidate. University of Michigan. “Paleolithic Archaeology Studies in the West of Tibetan Plateau in China :In pursuit of the prehistoric Tibetan and their lifeways.”