Assistant Professor of History


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Field of Specialty

Early modern China (17th and 18th centuries), Ming-Qing transition, Dutch/Spanish/Zheng Taiwan, East Asian world order, Eurasian comparative history

Contact Information

Olin-Sang American Civilization Center 118

Xing Hang

Xing Hang's research currently focuses upon the Zheng family quasi-governmental mercantile organization, particularly its unique and profitable role in tying together the seventeenth-century maritime Asian trading lanes while struggling to define its legitimacy in terms of Confucian legacy and the imperial dynastic symbols of the Ming and Qing courts. His other project looks at the requests for samurai from Tokugawa Japan on the part of Ming loyalists as a means of highlighting the impact of the Manchu occupation upon the East Asian world order.


Hang, Xing. "Review." Rev. of War, Trade and Piracy in the China Seas, 1622-1683 (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2013), by Cheng Wei-chung. Journal of Military History vol. 3.2 2014: 198-202.

Hang, Xing. "The Contradictions of Legacy: Reimagining the Zheng Family in the People’s Republic of China." Late Imperial China 34. 2 (2013): 1-27.

Hang, Xing. "Review." Rev. of East Asia before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), by David C. Kang. Journal of Early Modern History vol. 16 2012: 566-568.

Hang, Xing. Encyclopedia of National Anthems. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011.

Hang, Xing. "Review of Timothy Brook, Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (Bloomsbury Press, 2008)." H-Soz-u-Kult (2009): <http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/12050.pdf>.

Hang, Xing. "A Question of Hairdos and Fashion." Oriens Extremus 47. (2008): 246-280.

Hang, Xing. "Animal Husbandry in China: 1800 – Present." Encyclopedia of Modern China. 2008.

Courses Taught

HIST 10a Not Even Past: History for the Global Citizen
HIST 80a Introduction to East Asian Civilization
HIST 182a Mao: The Man, the Myth, and the Milieu
HIST 182b Modern China
HIST 183a Empire at the Margins: Borderlands in Late Imperial China
HIST 184a Silk, Silver, and Slaves: China and the Industrial Revolution
HIST 184b Swashbuckling Adventurers or Sea bandits? The Chinese Pirate in Global Perspective
HIST 185a The China Outside China: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Diaspora in the Making of Modern China