• am2017_candacy_taylor

    ACLS Fellow Candacy Taylor presented her research on "The Negro Motorist Green Book" at the 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting 

  • ACLSfellowJohnMurphy

    Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow John Murphy leading a tour of his exhibit

  • Bookcase_new

    Browse recent titles by ACLS fellows on Pinterest.

Kyuhyun Han G'17

Kyuhyun Han

Doctoral Student
History
University of California, Santa Cruz
last updated: 09/25/17

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Pre-dissertation Grants for Research in China 2017
Doctoral Student
History
University of California, Santa Cruz
Seeing the Forest Like a State: Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Center-Periphery Relations in Northeast China, 1949 – 1965

My dissertation explores wildlife protection and forestry in Heilongjiang from 1949 to 1965. An important question animating this research is how historians should interpret the destructive environmental consequences of policies in the Mao era (1949 – 1976). The environmental degradation during the early PRC has overshadowed state attempts to promote wildlife protection in the early 1960s, which failed to protect biodiversity. My research traces the central state promulgation, local government implementation, and ultimate failure of state conservation policies in Heilongjiang. I will investigate how the center-periphery tensions in enforcing state policy and the role of local indigenous people altered state-initiated conservation policy, leading to the severe loss of biodiversity.