Yuqing Qiu

Academic Year: 
To Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Sciences Po
Project Title: 
A Transnational History of the Great Famine of China: Information Circulation and Famine Refugees in Hong Kong and Macau (1958-1962)

Yuqing Qiu is a PhD candidate at Sciences Po Paris, whose dissertation is a transnational study of the information circulation of the Great Leap Famine in Maoist China from 1958 to 1962. Her research work uncovers the information network of the Great Famine in Hong Kong and Macau whilst China was a closed country and the famine was unknown to the outside world. With the closure of Chinese Central Archives, Yuqing mobilizes untapped foreign diplomatic, colonial and religious archives to examine the reception of famine refugees in Hong Kong and Macau and traces the dissemination of information of the famine by missionaries to the diplomatic, journalistic and anticommunist milieux. Her research further contributes to the existing studies on humanitarian crises, refugees and philanthropy amid the surge of global relief activity during the Cold War. Yuqing benefited from the Oxford-Sciences Po fellowship in 2021-2022 and was a visiting researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under a mobility grant from Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient 2022-2023. In addition to research, Yuqing also taught seminars of 19th and 20th century history in Europe and Asia at Sciences Po Paris.