Professor Joseph K. S. Yick received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before moving to Texas State in 1989, he taught at Auburn University-Montgomery, UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Baptist University. He is a specialist on the history of Chinese communism, and is the author of numerous publications, notably Making Urban Revolution in China: The CCP-GMD Struggle for Beiping-Tianjin, 1945-1949 (M.E. Sharpe, 1995), which won Texas State's 31st Presidential Seminar Award in 1998 and was also nominated by the publisher for the Joseph Levenson Prize for Books in Post-1900 Chinese Studies. He was a winner of the Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activities in 1995. He was the inaugural Visiting Professor at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library and also Visiting Professor at the Asian Institute of the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. He was a research associate at the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. He also served as a president of the Southwest Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, and as an editor of the Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies.
Educational Background :
Ph.D. - The University of California at Santa Barbara
M.A. - The University of California at Santa Barbara
B.A. - The University of Texas at Austin
Recent Research Topics :
(1) “Blood, Sweat, Fame, Gain, and Tears: The Nationalist Military Secret Service in Beiping-Tianjin, 1945-1949.”
(2) “Elite Collaboration in Japanese-Occupied China: The Cultural Power and Political Influence of Hu Lancheng, 1938-1945.”
Previous Publications :
(1) Making Urban Revolution in China: The CCP-GMD Struggle for Beiping-Tianjin, 1945-1949. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1995.
(2) “Communist-Puppet Collaboration in Japanese-Occupied China: Pan Hannian and Li Shiqun, 1939-43,” Intelligence and National Security (London, United Kingdom), 16:4 (Winter 2001): 61-88.
Awards and Accomplishments :
Texas State’s Presidential Seminar Award in 1998 and Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activities in 1995.
HIST 5382 CHINA AND THE MODERN WORLD
An examination of Chinese relations with the modern world from 1800 to the present. Focus on the external aggression and internal transformation between 1839 and 1945; the split into two Chinas in 1949; and the mainland China/Taiwan developments, interactions between the two Chinese governments and among the world community since then.
HIST 5381 CHINESE COMMUNISM
The Chinese Communist movement from 1919 to the present. Focus on (1) urban and rural aspects of Chinese Communism; (2) the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party on mainland China; and (3) the construction of the Party-State and Socialism in the People's Republic of China.
HIST 4347 HISTORY OF HONG KONG
A survey of the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of Hong Kong from 1842 to the present. Topics covered include British rule and the Handover in 1997, the current Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, and Hong Kong's status as a major world financial center.
HIST 4346 MODERN KOREA
A survey of the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of modern Korea since the nineteenth century. Focus on the issues of external aggression and internal transformation, the impact of the Japanese rule, the split into two Koreas in 1945, and the North/South developments and interactions since then.
HIST 4343 MODERN CHINA 1600-PRESENT
A survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history of China from 1600 to the present. Emphasis on the issues of internal troubles and external aggression, and on the revolutionary changes in the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries.
HIST 2312 HISTORY OF WORLD CIVILIZATION FROM THE 17TH CENTURY
A general survey of world civilization from the 17th century to the present.
HIST 2311 HISTORY OF WORLD CIVILIZATION TO THE 17TH CENTURY
A general survey of world civilization from the earliest times to the 17th century.