Kyoungjin Bae


Kyoungjin Bae is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. Her research investigates the transmission of craft and cultural knowledge between Canton and England through the lens of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Sino-British furniture trade. In her dissertation, she examines the production and consumption of export-oriented furniture in early modern Canton both as a process intricately linked to the impetus of intra-regional and inter-regional maritime trades and as an outcome of epistemic, aesthetic and ergonomic negotiations between Chinese and English material cultures. She has spent the past two years researching at archives and museums in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and China as an American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council fellow. She is currently based at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, as a visiting research fellow.