Dr. Diana Lary is a Professor Emerita of History at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lary specializes in Modern Chinese history and her current research interests include Chinese Migration (especially internal), Canada and Hong Kong connections, Chinese military, the impact of warfare on Chinese society; regionalism in China, focusing on Shandong and Guangxi provinces; the Zhuang people of southern China; and color symbolism in Chinese culture.
After Graduating from the University of London, Dr. Lary held many positions in addition to her teaching appointments including: Director, Centre of Chinese Research, Institute of Asian Research, UBC; Co-Director, Canada & Hong Kong Project, Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, Toronto; General Editor, UBC Press Series on Modern China; Research Associate, David See-Chai Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University; External Advisor, Hong Kong Culture Project, University of Hong Kong; Researcher at the Asia Pacific Foundation.
Some of her recent publications include China’s Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2007), The Chinese State at the Borders (University of British Columbia Press, 2007), The Chinese People at War (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Chinese Migrations (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).
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