Kunbing Xiao

Fudan-NYUSH Joint Postdoctoral Fellow 2018

PhD in Ethnology and Anthropology

Xiamen University

Kunbing Xiao is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, Sichuan. Her research interests include historical anthropology, sensory anthropology, cultural heritage studies, and particularly the cultural history of tea in China. Kunbing received her PhD degree from the Ethnology and Anthropology Department of Xiamen University, Fujian, China. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the Bohea tea trade in northern Fujian province from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries in the context of modern globalization. From 2014 to 2015 she was an ArgO-EMR research fellow affiliated to the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her book titled Materials, Spaces, and Histories: Tracing the Circulation of Tea in the Mountainous Region of Northern Fujian (1644–1949) was published by Beijing University Press in 2013. Her second book, Strolling through the Flora: A Historical Anthropological Study of Ancient Tea Plants in Guizhou, was published by Guizhou Renmin Press in 2013. Her third book, Anthropological Observation on Tea, was published by the Ethnic Publishing House in 2020.

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