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Mei-fen is a Lecturer at Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures where she teaches and researches in the area of modern Chinese history with a focus on diaspora identity and transnational mobility. She received research Masters in the discipline of History in Taiwan. In 2008 she graduated as PhD in Social Science at La Trobe University. She had engaged in several projects since 2009, including Unlocking Australia’s Chinese Archive: The political organisation and social experience of the Chinese Australian community, 1909-1939(ARC Linkage),Asia-Pacific Philanthropies: Transnational networks, anti-colonial nationalism, and the emergence of modern Chinese philanthropy, 1850-1949(ARC Discovery) and Enterprising Chinese Australians and the diaspora networks, 1890-1949(ARC DECRA).    



CHIN 1057 Contemporary China 

INTS 2010 Modern Chinese History 

INTS 1020 CHina in World History 

CHIN 3001 Social Issues in China Today

Research interests

• Chinese diaspora studies 

• Transnational history 

• Printing culture 

• Narrative identity 

• Migration mobility 

• Community politics 

• Chinese diaspora entrepreneurship 


Education/Academic qualification

Asian Studies, School of Social Science , Philosophy of Doctor, La Trobe University

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Research Outputs

Colonial pathways to international education: Chinese students in White Australia in the 1920s

Kuo, M. & Fitzgerald, J., 2020, Colonialism, China and the Chinese: amidst empires. Fitzpatrick, M. P. & Monteath, P. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 48-65 18 p. (Empires in Perspective).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The 'invisible work' of women: gender and philanthropic sociability in the evolution of early Chinese Australian voluntary organisations

    Kuo, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Chinese diaspora charity and the Cantonese Pacific, 1850–1949. Fitzgerald, J. & Yip, H. (eds.). Hong Kong University Press, p. 154-171 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    近代移民庆典与女性交谊: 以澳洲“舞龙”庆典为例(1870—1938)

    Translated title of the contribution: Festivals of modern immigrants and women's sociability: the case of Australia's dragon festivals, 1870s-1938Kuo, M., 2019, 全球史评论. Capital Normal University Press, Vol. 16. p. 88-105, 361-362 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Jinxin: the remittance trade and enterprising Chinese Australians, 1850-1916

    Kuo, M., 2018, The qiaopi trade and transnational networks in the Chinese diaspora. Benton, G., Liu, H. & Zhang, H. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 160-178 19 p. (Chinese Worlds; no. 36).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    2019 Taiwan Fellowship

    Mei-fen Kuo (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

    ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

    Mei-fen Kuo (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

    Humanities Travelling Fellowship

    Mei-fen Kuo (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction


    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Consultancy
    • 1 Other
    • 1 Invited talk

    Author Meets Critics 作者與評論者面對面

    Mei-fen Kuo (Speaker)
    2 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    CEO, Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane

    Mei-fen Kuo (Participant)
    Sep 2016Oct 2019

    Activity: Other

    International workshop on philanthropy and the Chinese diaspora 1850-1949

    Mei-fen Kuo (Participant)
    26 Nov 201429 Nov 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Project on Australasian Kuo Min Tang Archive

    Mei-fen Kuo (Consultant)
    2010 → …

    Activity: Consultancy

    Press / Media

    interview by The Bookshelf (ABC)

    Mei-fen Kuo


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment