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Ina Asim

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-6161
  • Office: 317 McKenzie Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies

Biographical information

  • Associate Professor, Pre-Modern Chinese History
  • M.A. 1982 Wuerzburg University Germany, Sinology, Japanology, German Literature
  • 1985 Linguistic Information- and Textprocessing
  • Dr. phil. 1992 Wuerzburg University, Sinology, Japanology, German Literature
  • Dr. phil.habil. 2002 Wuerzburg University, Venia Legendi for Sinology
  • With the U of O since 2002


  • Authored Works
  • Kluge Gattin, gute Mutter - oder Revolutionärin? Frauen und Frauenbildung in Vorstellungen und Biographien chinesischer Reformer des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. (2002)
  • Religiöse Landverträge aus der Song-Zeit.. (Religious Land Contracts from the Song Dynasty). (1993).
  • In preparation for print
  • 'Coiling Dragon,Crouching Tiger'. Urban Life in Late Ming Nanjing.
  • Book publication "edited in cooperation with "Beamtentum und Wirtschaftspolitik in der Song-Dynastie (Officialdom
  • and Economic Politics in the Song-Dynasty), hg. von Dieter Kuhn unter Mitarbeit von Ina Asim. (1995).


  • "Antiquarianism". Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana. Storia della Scienza. Vol. III Le Scienze
  • Extraeuropee. Sez. A. Science in China. [Encyclopedia of the history of science. History of Science in China.] (2002).
  • "The Merchant Wang Zhen (1525-1593)". ( Kenneth J. Hammond, [ed.] The Human Tradition in Premodern China.
  • (2002).
  • "Decline of a Well- Ordered World: What Happened to Sartorial Regulations at the End of the Ming". Denise Gimpel and Melanie Hanz (eds.),
  • Cheng - In All Sincerity. Festschrift in Honor of Monika Uebelhoer. (2002). Aspects of the Perception of Zhou Ideals in the Song Dynasty
  • (960-1279)" (2001).
  • "Weise Mutter, gute Gattin - oder Revolutionärin? Frauen in Biographie und Gedankenwelt des Reformers Cai Yuanpei (1868-1940)". ("Wise Mother, Good Wife - or Revolutionary? Women in the Biography and in the Thoughts
  • of Cai Yuanpei (1868-1940")). (1999).
  • "Status Symbol and Insurance Policy: Song Land Deeds for the Afterlife." (1994).
  • "Die aristokratische Grabkultur des 7. und 8. Jahrhunderts" ("Aristocratic Tomb Culture in the 7th and 8th Centuries") (1993).

Current Research and Writing

  • From Protocol to Fashion: The Decline of Sartorial Regulations in the Ming (1368-1644).
  • Using the Past to Serve the Present: Aspects of Political Legitimation in Ming China

Fellowships, Grants, Honors

  • Visiting scholar at the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Center for Chinese Cultural and Institutional History, Columbia University (short term,
  • 2002)
  • Fellowship from the fund of the Special Programmes for Universities by the German Ministry of Education (200-01)
  • Fellowship of the endowment-committee of Würzburg University for research at Princeton University (short term, 1998)
  • Fellowship of the German Science Council for Research at Nanjing University (short term,1996)
  • Award of the Committee of the Frankonian Memorial Foundation for Science (1994)

Film Projects

  • The documentaries were produced as collaborations between the Institute of Sinology and the Language and Media Center of Würzburg
  • University for the improvement in using new media in teaching.
  • Chinas Goldenes Zeitalter. (China's Golden Age). 1993. 55 min.
  • In cooperation with the Institute of Sinology, Leiden University, China Vision Project (Director: Prof.. Eric Zürcher):
  • Die Papierrolle. Kalligraphie. (The Paper Scroll. Calligraphy). 1995. 10 min.