Hugh R. Clark

Professor of History & East Asian Studies

Prof. Clark received his Ph.D. in middle period Chinese history from the University of Pennsylvania (1981) and has been a member of the Ursinus faculty since 1982.  His courses focus on the history of China and Japan, and in addition to surveys of their respective histories includes focused courses on religion, thought, and women in East Asia.  Professor Clark has published two books (Community, Trade and Networks: Southern Fujian from the Third to the Thirteenth Centuries [Cambridge University Press, 1991] and Portrait of Community: Society, Culture, and the Structures of Kinship in the Mulan River Valley (Fujian) from the late Tang through the Song [Chinese University Press, 2006]) as well as numerous articles and reviews.  He is currently working on an “anthropology of religion” in southeast China.

Selected Publications

Clark, Hugh. Portrait of a Community: Society, Culture and the Structures of Kingship in the Mulan River Valley (Fujian) from the Late Tang through the Song. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2007.

“Reinventing the Genelogy: Innovation in Kinship practice in the 10th-11th Centuries.” The New and the Multiple: Sung Senses of the Past. Ed. Thomas H.C. Lee. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2004.

Review of Lucille Chia, Printing for Profit:The Commercial Publishers of Jianyang, Fujian (11th - 17th Centuries). (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002), American Historical Review, February, 2004.

"An Inquiry into the Xianyou Cai: Cai Xiang, Cai Que, Cai Jing, and the Politics of Kinship" Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies vol. 31 (2002).

"Overseas Trade and Social Change in Quanzhou through the Song." In Emporium of the World: Maritime Quanzhou, 1000 - 1400, edited by Angela Schottenhammer (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2001), pp.47-94.

Review of Billy K.L. So, Prosperity, Region, and Institutions in Maritime China: The Southern Fujian Pattern, 946 – 1368 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, spring, 2002.

“Fukken-shô Seika-gun Muran-ki oyobi sono mawari ni okeru eriito shinzoku shūdanken no kekkon kankei” (Marriage connections among elite kin groups in the Mulan River Valley (Fujian/Xinghua prefecture) and adjacent regions) Hiroshima daigaku Tōyōshi gakuho (Report on East Asian Studies of Hiroshima University), spring, 2003.

"An Inquiry into the Xianyou Cai: Cai Xiang, Cai Que, Cai Jing, and the Politics of Kinship" Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies vol. 31 (winter, 2001-02), in press. Initially Presented to "Workshop on Huizong and the Culture of Northern Song China," Seattle (WA), February, 2001 as "The Family of Cai Jing:An Inquiry into the Xianyou Cai"

"Overseas Trade and Social Change in Quanzhou through the Song." In Emporium of the World: Maritime Quanzhou, 1000 - 1400, edited by Angela Schottenhammer (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2001), pp.47-94. Initially presented to the International Institute for

Asian Studies (IIAS; Leiden University) Conference othe Quanzhou Trade in the Sung, September, 1997 (invited); also presented to the Center for Chinese Studies (Univ. of California, Berkeley) 1998 Annual Symposium “Maritime China: Culture, Commerce, and Society” (March 13-14, 1998) (invited).

Community, Trade, and Networks: Southern Fujian from the 3rd to the 13th Centuries Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

"The Southern Kingdoms between the T'ang and Sung." Prepared for the Cambridge History of China, vol. 5, "Five Dynasties and Sung, 906-1276," ed. by Denis Twitchett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in preparation).

"The Fu of Minnan: A Local Clan in the Late Tang and Song (9th-13th Centuries)."Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 38:1 (1995), pp. 1-74 (refereed). Initially presented to the University of Pennsylvania East Asian Studies Colloquium, November, 1992, and to the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley, March, 1993.

"Muslims and Hindus in the Culture and Morphology of Quanzhou from the Tenth to theThirteenth Century." Journal of World History 6:1 (1995), pp.49-74 (refereed). Initially presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Los Angeles, 1993.

"Rural Tax Stations of the late Tang and Ten Kingdoms." Asia Major (3rd series) V:1 (1992), pp.57-83 (refereed). Initially presented to the University of Pennsylvania East Asian Studies Colloquium and the Columbia University Traditional China seminar, spring, 1990.

"The Politics of Trade and the Establishment of the Quanzhou Trade Superintendency."In The Proceedings of the UNESCO International Symposium on China and the Maritime Silk Route (Fuzhou: Fujian renmin chubanshe, 1991), pp.375-94. Initially presented by invitation of the Quanzhou Museum of Overseas Communication History to the UNESCO International Symposium on China and the Maritime Silk Route, Quanzhou (February, 1991).

"Settlement, Trade and Economy in Fukien to the Thirteenth Century." In Development and Decline in Fukien Province in the 17th and 18th Centuries, ed. E.B. Vermeer (Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1990), pp.35-62 Initially presented to the Leiden Conference on Fukien in the 17th Century (December, 1987) as "Trade and Economy in Southern Fukien through the 13th Century"; also presented to the Columbia University Traditional China Seminar (April, 1988).

"Bridles, Halters, and Hybrids: A Case Study in Tang Frontier Policy." T'ang Studies #6 (1990) pp.49-68 (refereed). Initially presented to the International Conference on Chen Yuanguang, held in Zhangzhou (People's Republic of China), December, 1990.

"Cong shehui he jingji fangmian kan Wu Tao chongsi" (Social and economic reflections on the cult of Wu Tao). In Wu Zhenren xueshu yanjiu wenji (Collected essays on Wu Tao), edited by Zhang Guoju (Xiamen: Xiamen University Press, 1989), pp.117-126. Initially presented to the International Conference on Wu Tao on the Occasion of his 1010th Birthday, Zhangzhou (People's Republic of China), April, 1989.

"Tang-Song shiqi de Quanzhou: cheng-xiang guanxi zhuanli yanjiu" (Quanzhou in the Tang and Song: A Case Study in Urban Hinterland Relations), trans'ed by Yao Dan and Chen Lei. Haijiaoshi yanjiu 1989:2 (Fall, 1989), pp.94-102 Initially presented to the faculty of Tohoku Gakuin University, (Sendai, Japan), June, 1986.

"Zhengquan kongbaiqijian Quanzhou de zhengquan, zongjiao, he jingji" (State, Church, and Economy in Interregnum Quanzhou), trans'ed by Zhang Huiling. Quanzhou wenshi #10 (Fall, 1989), pp.117-131.

"Tang-Song shiqi Quanzhougang duiyu nongye zhuan wei shangye hua de yingxiang" (The influence of the port of Quanzhou on the com­mer­cialization of agriculture in the Tang and Song), trans'ed by Wu Liping. Quanzhou wenshi #9 (1986), pp.159-66 Initially presented to the Association of Asian Studies, March, 1982.

"Quanzhou (Fujian) in the Tang-Song Interregnum, 879-978." T'oung-pao LXVIII, 1-3 (1982), pp.132-149 (refereed).

Recent & Major Reviews

Review of Billy K.L. So, Prosperity, Region, and Institutions in Maritime China: The Southern Fujian Pattern, 946 – 1368 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, spring, 2002.

Review of Gang Deng, Maritime Sector, Institutions, and Seapower of Premodern China (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999), American Historical Review.

Review of Li Bozhong, Agricultural Development in Jiangnan, 1620-1850 (New York: St. Martin's, 1998), in China Review International 6:2 (1999).

Review of Beverly J. Bossler, Powerful Relations: Kinship, Status, and State in Sung China (960 – 1279) (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998), Journal of African and Asian Studies XXXIV:4 (1999).

Review of Weng Eang Cheong, Hong Merchants of Canton: Chinese Merchants in Sino-Western Trade, 1684-1798 (Nordic Institute of of Asian Studies Monograph Series, No. 70. Richmond (UK): Curzon Press, 1997), China Review International 6:1 (1999).

"Review Article: Three Studies on the Local History of Southern Fujian." Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies #24 (1994), pp.255-67.

Review of TwinBridge Chinese System 3.1A, Multilingual System for Windows.Microtimes, June 28, 1993, pp.118, 222.

"A Further Report on the UNESCO `Project for the Study of the Silk Roads.'" Bulletin of the World History Association, vol. VIII, No.1, pp.2-5.

Also numerous book reviews in journals such as Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, The Historian, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of Sung and Yuan Studies, China Review International, etc.