Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Morris Rossabi moved to the U.S. as a child and received his PhD from Columbia University in 1970. His research has centered on Chinese and Inner Asian, specifically Mongolian, history, and his current project is a book-length study of groups (translators, metal workers, women artists, etc.) in the Yuan and Ming dynasties, which were mostly ignored in the traditional Chinese histories. He teaches at the City University of New York (Distinguished Professor) and Columbia University. His publications, based on the study of East Asian and Middle Eastern languages, include Khubilai Khan; Modern Mongolia; and China among Equals. The National University of Mongolia awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2009, and he has collaborated on exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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