Zardas Shuk-man Lee

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PhD Candidate

Major Field: History of the Indian Ocean
Other Fields: Modern Southeast Asia, (Anti-) colonialism, Global Intellectual History
Adviser: Iqbal Singh Sevea

BA University of Hong Kong, 2010
MPhil University of Hong Kong, 2014
MPhil Thesis: “From Cold War Politics to Moral Regulation: Film Censorship in Colonial Hong Kong”
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
MA Thesis: “Ambivalent Orientalism: Victor Purcell’s Representations of Chinese Subjects in Inter-War British Malaya, Hong Kong, and China”


My research interests include colonialism, anticolonialism, nationalism, censorship, and knowledge production, particularly in the British Empire in South and Southeast Asia. My dissertation examines the circulation and suppression of anticolonial ideas across South and Southeast Asia in the first half of the 20th century, using British Malaya (including Singapore) as a major site of investigation.

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