Wayne Soon

Assistant Professor of History
Wayne Soon

Wayne Soon is a historian of modern China and East Asia, with a particular interest in how international ideas and practices of medicine, institutional building, and diaspora have shaped the region’s interaction with its people and the world in the twentieth century. He received his BA from Carleton College, and his PhD in history from Princeton University. His book, Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History (Stanford, 2020), tells the global health story of Overseas Chinese who transformed medicine in twentieth-century China and Taiwan through the practices of military medicine, blood banking, mobile medicine, and mass medical training. His published and forthcoming journal articles and book reviews are in Twentieth Century China, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, American Journal for Chinese Studies, Asian Studies Review, Asian Medicine, Social History of Medicine, and East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal.

BA, Carleton College; MA, PhD, Princeton University
At Vassar since 2016

Contact

845-437-7981
Swift Hall
Box 711
Hours
Office Hours by Email Appointment Only, wsoon@vassar.edu

Research and Academic Interests

Modern Chinese History; East Asian History; History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Departments and Programs

Courses

ASIA 245 Medicine, Health and Diseases in East Asia
ASIA 310 Mao’s China in the World: War, Science and Legitimacy
HIST 245 Medicine, Health and Diseases in East Asia
HIST 300 Thesis Preparation: Sources, Methods, and Interpretations
HIST 310 Mao’s China in the World: War, Science and Legitimacy
STS 245 Medicine, Health and Diseases in East Asia

Selected Publications

Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2020.

Blood, Soy Milk, and Vitality: The Wartime Origins of Blood Banking in China, 1943–45,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90, no. 3 (2016): 424-454.

Science, Medicine, and Confucianism in the Making of China and Southeast Asia – Lim Boon Keng and the Overseas Chinese, 1897 to 1937,” Twentieth-Century China 39, no. 1 (2014): 24-43.

In the Media

An article by Assistant Professor of History Wayne Soon earned the Zhu Kezhen Junior Scholar Award from The International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (ISHEASTM.)

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Wayne Soon
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