Yuan Yi

Bio: 

Yuan Yi is a doctoral student in modern Chinese history at Columbia University. She is interested in looking at history from the perspective of business and economic activities, with particular emphasis on the production, circulation, and consumption of textiles. At the intersection of business, textiles, and Chinese history, she plans to research the transformation of Chinese textile industry at the turn of the twentieth century and its wider social, cultural, and economic implications. Currently, she is particularly interested in the mechanization of handicraft textile industry and the roles of spinners, weavers, engineers, and mechanics as producers of technical knowledge.