Tsang Wing Ma

Tsang Wing Ma, historian of ancient China, received his B.A. (2005) and M.Phil. (2007) degrees at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Ph. D. degree (2017) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research utilizes both the received textual tradition as well as newly-excavated texts to study the social, institutional, and material-culture history of early imperial China (221 BCE—220 CE). He has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the United States, Hong Kong, mainland China and Japan, and presented papers in both regional and international conferences. He is now revising his dissertation, entitled “Scribes in Early Imperial China,” into a book. Incorporating the newly-excavated administrative and legal texts, this study attempts to recover the world of scribes, which was previously overshadowed by that of intellectuals in the received textual tradition.
Tsang Wing was member of the BaSaR project from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. He is now Assistant Professor at the University of Macau.


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Scribes, Assistants, and the Materiality of Administrative Documents in Qin-Early Han China: Excavated Evidence from Liye, Shuihudi, and Zhangjiashan

As a result of the increasing administrative needs in the early imperial period, the profession of scribes was liberated from being the exclusive reserve of traditional hereditary families and opened to aspirants from non-hereditary families. Based on the excavated legal and administrative texts from Liye, Shuihudi, and Zhangjiashan, this paper explores the complementary nature of

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On the Term dubi kun: Reconstructing the Image of Han Hired Laborers by Investigating their Clothing

Although there is substantial number of studies on hired laborers in Han period, they have not yet constructed a vivid image of this group of personnel. These studies focus on investigating hired laborers’ economic backgrounds, as well as the types of job engaged with and extent of freedom enjoyed. But the appearances of laborers have

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Hired Activities and Movement of Population in Qin-Han Periods

Residents in Qin-Han rural society had close relationship with their land, kinship, and neighborhood. Leaving home was regarded as full of uncertainty and fear due to the difficulty and danger of transportation. Thus, residents were not easily intended to depart from their home or take a long distance journey. Their mobility was limited and their