Dr Yi Li

Key information

Teaching Fellow/Programme Development Manager in Online and Distance Learning Member
BSc (Fudan), MSc (National University of Singapore), MA PHD (London)
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Yi Li was born in Shanghai, China. She received her Ph.D. in History at SOAS University of London in 2012, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore between 2013 and 2015. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial history of the Burmese Chinese community, Chinese migration and diaspora, and modern East and Southeast Asian history. 


Authored Book

Li, Yi (2017) Chinese in Colonial Burma: A Migrant Community in A Multiethnic State. New York: Palgrave Macmillan [http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137537010]


Li, Yi (2016) ‘Revisiting the Nineteenth-century Marketplace, and the Chinese Community in Moulmein’. Journal of Burma Studies (20) 1, pp 63–103.

Li, Yi (2016) ‘Governing the Chinese in Multi-ethnic Colonial Burma between the 1890s and 1920s’. South East Asian Research (24), pp 135–154.

Li, Yi (2015) ‘yingyin zhimin shiqi de miandian huaqiao jiqi zhengzhi canyu 英印殖民时期的缅甸华侨及其政治参与 [The Burmese Chinese community and its political participation under colonial

Rule]’. huaqiao huaren lishii yanjiu 华侨华⼈历史研究 [Journal of Overseas Chinese History Studies] 2, pp 46–55.

Book Chapters

Li, Yi (2017) ‘Cultural Activities of the Chinese Community in Post-war Myanmar’. In: Hsiao, Hsin-Huang Michael, Hui Yew-Foong and Peycam, Philippe Citizens, (eds.), Civil Society and Heritage-making in Asia. Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, pp 185–207.

 Li, Yi (2015) ‘Transformation of the Yunnanese community along the Sino–Burma border: a case study in the southwest during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’. In Mair, Victor H. and Kelley, Liam C., (eds.), Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours. Singapore: ISEAS Publishin, pp 291–315

Book Reviews

Li, Yi (2018) ‘Review of: Yearning to Belong: Malaysia's Indian Muslims, Chitties, Portuguese Eurasians, Preanakan Chinese and Baweanese by Patrick Pillai, Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015.’ Southeast Asian Studies (forthcoming)

Li, Yi (2017) ‘Review of: Mapping Chinese Yangon: Place and Nation among the Sino-Burmese by Jayde Lin Roberts, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016.’ The China Quarterly 231, pp 832–833

Li, Yi (2015) ‘Review of: Beyond Borders: Stories of Yunnanese Chinese Migrants of Burma by Wen-chin Chang, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014 (in Chinese).’ The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (7) 2, pp 121–126


Li, Yi (2015) ‘Yunnanese Chinese in Myanmar: Past and Present’. Trends in Southeast Asia 12 [http://www.iseas.edu.sg/images/pdf/Trends_2015_12.pdf]

Li, Yi (2015) ‘The Chinese Pandals: Chinese communities and a Viceroy’s visit to colonial Burma’. Ex Plus Ultra 3 [http://explusultra.wun.ac.uk/images/issue3/2012Li.pdf]

Research interests

South East Asia and China, Colonial and Imperial History, History of Migration, Overseas Chinese Network.

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