Yui Chim is a historian of modern China and its connections with the world, with a particular interest in the intersections of the Second World War, decolonisation, the Cold War and migration. His current project examines how in the late 1930s and 1940s leaders of China’s Nationalist Government and the Indian National Congress imagined post-war Asia and attempted to realise their ideas. Examining Chinese and Indian attitudes towards Asian nationalist movements, migrant status in host countries and regional reconstruction, his research demonstrates that China strategically sought an Asia where China would eventually be the dominant power, while India aimed to, in some sense, create an Asia in its idealised self-image. Moving beyond the perspective of superpower struggle, his research highlights China’s and India’s agency in shaping their region.
Yui Chim’s works have appeared in the Journal of Contemporary History and The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. His research has been supported by funding from the Royal Historical Society, the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, the University of Oxford and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds a BA from the University of Hong Kong, an MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford.