Hekang Yang
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Hekang Yang is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) and the East Asian Program in the History Department. He studies modern Chinese history with research interests in the fiscal institutions, state-led industrialization, and transmission of knowledge and ideas for/in the borderlands between China and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hekang received two Harriman Summer Language Training Grants in 2020 and 2021. His dissertation prospectus is tentatively titled, “The Making of Fiscal Empire: Frontier Questions and State Borrowing in China, circa 1876-1916.” This project investigates how frontier crises in the Sino-Russian borderlands triggered one crucial fiscal innovation in the form of state borrowing in late imperial China.

Hekang Yang is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) and the East Asian Program in the History Department. He studies modern Chinese history with research interests in the fiscal institutions, state-led industrialization, and transmission of knowledge and ideas for/in the borderlands between China and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hekang received two Harriman Summer Language Training Grants in 2020 and 2021. His dissertation prospectus is tentatively titled, “The Making of Fiscal Empire: Frontier Questions and State Borrowing in China, circa 1876-1916.” This project investigates how frontier crises in the Sino-Russian borderlands triggered one crucial fiscal innovation in the form of state borrowing in late imperial China.

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