Si Yen Fei

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2023-Aug 2023)


Siyen Fei received her PhD from Stanford University in 2004. She teaches and researches Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work to date is primarily concerned with the political and cultural activism of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Examining the action of wide-ranging historical actors—women, urbanites, and border residents—she engages and expands the new scholarly paradigm of “defiant late Ming energy” that re-visions a society formerly considered submissive to an all-powerful imperium.


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Capturing Knowledge: Captivity, Trafficking, and Knowledge Acquisition in Early Modern China


Lost People on the Ming Frontiers: Captivity and Labor Acquisition in Early Modern China