Wayne Soon

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CEAS Associate-in-Research
Vassar College
Areas of interest : 
Modern Chinese History; East Asian History; History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Wayne Soon (PhD Princeton) is an Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College. His book, Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History (Stanford University Press, 2020), tells the global medical histories of Chinese East Asia through the lens of diasporic Chinese medical personnel, who were central in introducing new practices of military medicine, blood banking, mobile medicine, and mass medical training to China and Taiwan. Universal care, practical medical education, and mobile medicine are all lasting legacies of this effort on both sides of the Taiwan Straits. His current research projects centered around the history of health insurance and medical practices in postwar Chinese East Asia as well as the transpacific history of SARS and COVID-19. Dr Soon’s published articles can be found in Twentieth Century China, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, American Journal of Chinese Studies, and East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal.