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Yeh's `Shanghai Splendor' published after years of labor


Taiwan-born University of California, Berkeley academic Yeh Wen-hsin (葉文心), who became the first female director of the university's Institute of East Asian Studies earlier this year, had her latest book Shanghai Splendor published on Friday after 10 years of work.

Yeh, the sole member of Chinese origin among the 59 professors at the university's Department of History, said her appointment as head of the Institute of East Asian Studies -- as well as challenges she is now facing -- underlines the importance of sinology in the 21st century.

The 319-page Shanghai Splendor, Yeh's third research book written in English, concentrates mostly on economics and the making of modern China, from 1843 to 1949.

Yeh, a graduate of National Taiwan University who holds a doctorate in history from UC Berkeley, said she has been aware of brisk developments in pro-localization studies in Taiwan over the past years, but also said that the influence of these studies has not yet reached the West.

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