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Yan Hon Michael ChungGraduate Student

Born and raised in Hong Kong, I received a B.A and MPhil in history from the Chinese University of Hong Kong before coming to Emory. I am a doctoral candidate and historian of early modern Chinese history, with a focus on the formation of the Qing empire. My dissertation project analyzes how European military technology intertwined with the ethnic discourse during the reign of Hong Taiji (1626-1643). I argue that the Chinese military elites used their artillery knowledge to negotiate with the Manchu/Qing state for a better political and social status, which eventually led to the creation of the Chinese division of the Eight Banners (Baqi Hanjun). My dissertation project also involves a cross-disciplinary digital humanities project that uses data extraction, GIS, and statistic methods to analyze the early Hanjun artillerists.

Selected Publications:

  • Chung, Yan Hon Michael. "River Transport and the Effectiveness of the Qing Artillery Corps during the Ming-Qing Transition.” Journal of Chinese Military History 12, no. 1 (2023): 40-62.
  • Chung, Yan Hon Michael. “The Development and Impact of Hong Taiji’s Artillery Corps (1631–1643).” Journal of Chinese military history 10, no. 1 (2021): 1–40.
  • Chung, Yan Hon Michael. “The Introduction of European-Style Artillery and the Reform of Siege Tactics in 17th Century China-a Case Study of the Tragedy of Jiangyin (1645).” Journal of Chinese military history 9, no. 1 (2020): 1–37.


  • B.A., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • M.Phil., The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

Manchu - Qing Empire
Early Modern

Dissertation Topic

"Artillery Technology and Hanjun Eight Banners — Negotiation between Han Military Elites and Pre-conquest Manchu State (1631-1643)"

Faculty Advisors

Tonio Andrade