Assistant Professor of History


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Field of Specialty

East Asian world order, maritime East Asia, Eurasian comparative history, Ming-Qing transition, overseas Chinese, Chinese nationalism and identity

Contact Information

Olin-Sang American Civilization Center 118

Xing Hang

My first project, which has yielded a book, an edited volume, and several articles and reviews, has examined the Zheng organization and 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 tenets and the imperial dynastic symbols of the Ming and Qing courts.

My interests are now drawing me to a study of Chinese communities in Southeast Asia from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries. I want to understand their institutions, state-building efforts, collaboration with multiple state and imperial actors, and how these elements intersected with the rise of nationalism in China itself.


Hang, Xing, Tonio Andrade, ed. Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1550-1700. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2016.

Hang, Xing. "The Shogun’s Chinese Partners: The Alliance between Tokugawa Japan and the Zheng Family in Seventeenth-century Maritime East Asia." Journal of Asian Studies 75. 1 (2016): 1-26.

Hang, Xing. "Review." Rev. of Pigs, Pork, and Ham in Early Modern Chinese Society, by Kuo Chung-hao. Dissertation Reviews 2015

Hang, Xing. "Xifang xueshu shiye zhong de Zheng shi jiazu yanjiu 西方学术视野中的郑氏家族研究 (The State of Research on the Zheng Family in the West)." Guojia hanghai 国家航海 (National Maritime Research) 10 (2015): 38-51.

Hang, Xing. Conflict and Commerce in Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family and the Shaping of the Modern World, c. 1620-1720. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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 Chinese Military History vol. 3.2 2014: 198-202.

Hang, Xing. "Review." Rev. of Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures, by Matt K. Matsuda. Social History 38.3 vol. 38.3 2013: 391-393.

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)

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