History Department
History Department

Sandy Chang

M.A. History, The University of British Columbia

Sandy Chang



British Empire; Colonial Southeast Asia; Chinese Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Inter-Asia Mobilities and Connections


I am interested in a broad range of topics related to the British Empire in Asia, including the history of migration and sex-trafficking, gender and sexuality, and Chinese communities in colonial Southeast Asia.

My dissertation project, tentatively titled "Across the Nanyang: Gender, Intimate Labor, and Chinese Migration to British Malaya, 1890-1939," examines the historical relationship between colonial sexual economy and migration control. It traces the journeys of Chinese female migrants to colonial Southeast Asia as wives, domestic bondservants, and sex workers.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, I will be conducting archival research in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. I have received funding from various sources to undertake my research, including a Doctoral Award from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. 

Currently, I am the co-cordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality at the University of Texas at Austin.


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