Visiting Researchers

The following visiting researchers are affiliated with the Center for the Study of Asia 2015-2016:


Jin Fu (email: is one of the leading scholars of Chinese theater. He is a professor at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) and the director of the prestigious Chinese Theatre Arts Research Institute. In the past few years I have been working with Prof. Fu on a joint project on propaganda art during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-76), in particular with regard to the “model opera” created during that period. Working with a group of international scholars we are planning to organize three workshops on the topic. The first will be at BU in the spring (2016).


Han Sang Kim (email: received his PhD in sociology at Seoul National University South Korea.  He is currently working on his first book, entitled Visualizing Mobilities: Cinema, Transportation, and the Trans-National Imaginary in 20th-Century Korea. This is to document a cultural history of modern and contemporary Korea with a theoretical framework concatenating visuality and mobility.


Charlotte Mason (email: was the co-founder and director of The China Exchange Initiative (CEI) in Newton, Massachusetts, from 1999 to 2012.  CEI was formed in 1999 and funded by the Freeman Foundation to create exchange programs, educational partnerships, and shadowing programs for school administrators between schools in the U.S. and China.  CEI continues to create networks of schools in states and regions in the U.S. and China.  In 2000, Charlotte Mason co-chaired the National Commission for Asia in the Schools to increase the quality and quantity of instruction about Asia in schools throughout the United States.  Mason was a teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, and an exchange teacher at the Beijing-Jingshan School in 1989.  Upon her return from China in 1989, she served as co-chair of the Newton-Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program, which was founded in 1979, and which continues to thrive.

Over a period of twenty-five years, as a frequent visitor in many kinds and levels of schools in China, and, then, over a period of thirteen years, as Director of CEI, working with hundreds of Chinese and U.S. principals in CEI’s shadowing programs in both China and the U.S., she has observed and collected data about the relative strengths (and weaknesses) of schools in China and the U.S. At Boston University, she is planning to do a comparative study of schools in the U.S. and China at pre-college levels. She will compare mission statements, student experiences, the roles and perceptions of teachers and school leaders, the aim (and relevance) of curricula, and the ability of the schools to meet the expectations of society.


Grant F. Rhode (email: holds an M.St. from the University of Oxford in the social anthropology of China and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Asian diplomatic history and foreign policies.  In addition to being a Visiting Researcher at the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, he is an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

While affiliated with BUCSA, Dr. Rhode will continue research in three areas: China educational exchange, Asian maritime issues, and Asian strategic leadership. As the current chair of the Brookline China Exchange Program, Dr. Rhode works on U.S.-China student exchange, especially at the pre-college level.  His maritime research is focused on China’s involvements in the East and South China Seas.  His work on Asian leaders is currently focused on comparing the strategic leadership of Deng Xiaoping and Lee Kuan Yew.


Sardia Saeed (email: received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2010. Dr. Saeed was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Boston University 2014-2015. Her research project explores how notions about minority rights have been imagined and institutionalized beyond the framework of the nation-state in the twentieth century. It examines formal institutions and political formations that both transcend and are located within the nation-state.


Zijie Shao (email: is a Ph.D candidate at the School of Government, Peking University. Her research focus in the study of political communication–a comparative study of how Chinese and American official propaganda guide public opinion.


Feibiao Xu (email: is Associate Professor and the Director of the Division for International Trade and Investment Studies, the Institute of World Economic Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) in Beijing, China. Professor Xu’s is a political economist. His current research topic is entitled “the Changing International Financial Order and Its Impacts on Sino-U.S. Relations.”