Peidong Sun

peidong.sun [at]
Associate Professor, Department of History
Fundan University
Appointment Dates:
(Sep 11, 2018 – Sep 11, 2018)
Research Project:
Who Can You Marry in Shanghai? Intergenerational Impacts of the Sent-down Youth Generation on their Children's Mate Choice
Who Can You Marry in Shanghai? Intergenerational Influence of Sent-down Youth Generation on their Children’s Mate Choice My research explores the intergenerational influences of the sent-down generation, a generation of Chinese urban youth sent to work in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, on their children’s mate choice, looking at gender differences between/within “Mao’s Children” and “Deng’s Generation” in particular. Putting mate choice in the historical context, I will look at how gender differences have been constructed historically and culturally in the parental matchmaking corner in Shanghai People’s Square.  
Training as a Sociologist at Science Po Paris, I am a Historian by choice. I am an associate professor in the Department of History at Fudan University. As a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar at Harvard University for the 2016–17 academic year and a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for 2017–18, I have been work on her third book project, tentatively titled "Personal Reading of Educated Youth Generation: History and Memory of the Cultural Revolution." My research interests focus on everyday life history in authoritarianism state by asking how a practice of everyday life in China reveals the ways in which clothing choices, underground reading and mate choices of the sent-down generation were influenced by their lived experiences under Mao’s socialism and Deng’s socio-economic transformation after 1978. I am an active trilingual scholar in English, French and Chinese scholarly circles, publishing in all three languages. I have published twenty articles in the China Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals. I am co-editor of a special issue of the China Quarterly (September 2016) entitled "The Cultural Revolution: Memories and Legacies 50 Years On," which was also part of an edited volume entitled Red Shadows: Memories and Legacies of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2017). My other publications include two co-authored book chapters titled “Textiles and apparel in the Mao years: uniformity, variety, and the limits of autarchy,” in Wessie Ling & Simone Segre-Reinach eds., Making Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape (London: I.B. Tauris Press,2018) and “‘When Are You Going to Get Married?’ Parental Matchmaking and Middle-Class Women in Contemporary Urban China," in Deborah Davis and Sara Friedman, eds., Wives, Husbands and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China (Stanford University Press, 2014). My latest books include Fashion and Politics: Everyday Clothing Fashion in Guangdong Province during the Cultural Revolution (People’s Publishing House, 2013); Who Will Marry My Daughter? The Parental Matchmaking Corner in the People’s Square of Shanghai (Chinese Social Sciences Press, 2012; 2013).