Guotong Li

Guotong Li, Ph. D.

Dr. Li

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
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California State University, Long Beach
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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.

Research Grants

•Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Program in China Studies Postdoctoral
Fellowship, 2015-2016.
• CSULB Faculty Sabbatical Award, 2013-2014.
• CSU Wang Family Faculty Stipend Fellowship, 2010-2011.
• Mini-Grant from the CSULB Scholarly Creative Activities Committee, 2009-2010.
• CSULB New Faculty Development Grant, 2007- 2009.
• UC Pacific Rim Research Grant (Dissertation Award), 2005 -2006.
• Research Scholarship from the National University of Singapore, 1999-2001.
• Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Junior Fellow Research Grant, 1997-1999.

Selected Publications:


Migrating Fujianese: Ethnic, Family, and Gender Identities in an Early Modern Maritime World. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

In Quest of Immortality: Women’s Education in Late Imperial China, 1368-1911. Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2014 (in Chinese, reviewed and interviewed by major media, including Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in Early and Imperial China 18.1)

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).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Women’s Voices from ‘Our Homeland’: Fujian Women’s Local Identity and Identity Politics.” Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia 49 (2018): 186-210.

“Changing Identities: Chinese Muslims’ Marriage Strategies in Late Ming Quanzhou.” Ming Studies 76 (2017): 32-52.

“Local Histories in Global Perspective: A Local Elite Fellowship in the Port City of Quanzhou in Seventeenth-Century China.” Frontiers of History in China 11.3 (2016): 376-399.

“Transforming Islamic Customs with Confucian Rituals: Flexible Identities of the Muslim Ding Family in Late Ming Quanzhou.” Journal of Ming Studies 26 (2016): 127-164.

“The Control of Female Energies: Gender and Ethnicity on China’s Southeast Coast.” In Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters, edited by Beverly Bossler. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015: 41-57.

“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).

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

“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 (translated into Chinese for publication by Peking University Press, 2013).

“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.

“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).

“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).

Courses Being Taught:

  • History 301 Methodology of History
  • History 382A Imperial China
  • History 382B Modern China
  • History 406A Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asia
  • History 412 Migration and Ethnicity in Modern China
  • History 444/544 The Pacific Ocean in World History
  • History 499 Senior Seminar: Gender and the Family in East Asia
  • History 499 Senior Seminar: Population Movement and Ethnic Encounter in the Pacific World
  • History 499 Senior Seminar: Material Culture and Daily Life in the Early Modern World
  • History 590 Graduate Seminar: Comparative History: Cross-Cultural Women’s and Gender History
  • History 682 Graduate Seminar: Selected Topic in Asian History