Norman D. Apter
Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History, 2013.
M.A., in East Asian Studies, University of Virginia, 1999.
B.A. in History, The College of William and Mary, 1995.
Late Imperial and Modern China, Modern Japan, Modern Russia
Research interests include state-society relations, history of social relief, history of children and childhood, and urban development in modern China. Dissertation title: "Saving the Young: A History of the Child Relief Movement in Modern China." This study investigates the practices and conceptual underpinnings of the project to nurture, educate, train and discipline dependent children (abandoned infants, orphans, child refugees, street urchins) in China from the early 20th century to the present.
Grants and Awards
Betty and S.L. Huang Graduate Student Support Award (UCLA Graduate Division). Academic year 2007-08. Stipend and tuition for dissertation writing.
Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (UCLA Department of History). Academic year 2005-06. Stipend for dissertation research.
Dissertation Research Grant (UCLA Center for Chinese Studies). Academic year 2005-06. Supplementary stipend for dissertation research.
Chinese Language Scholarship (ROC Ministry of Education). 2004. Twelve-month grant for language training at the Mandarin Training Centre, Taipei.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Academic year 2003-04. Tuition and stipend for advanced study of Chinese at the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), Taipei.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Academic year 2002-03. Tuition and stipend for study of third-year Japanese at UCLA.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Summer 2002. Tuition and stipend for advanced study of Chinese at the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), Taipei.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Academic year 2001-02. Tuition and stipend for study of second-year Japanese at UCLA.
Chinese History as a Field of Special Distinction Fellowship (UCLA Department of History). Winter Quarter, 2001. Tuition grant.
Professor Kathryn Bernhardt, Professor Philip Huang (co-chairs)
“Transforming At-risk Children: State, Society, and Institutional Care for the Young in Shanghai, 1956-2005,” paper presented at the Conference in Honor of Kathryn Bernhardt, Los Angeles, CA, May 2012
“Little Warphan Zhao: The Changing Face of Child Relief in Wartime China, 1937- 1945,” lecture and PowerPoint presentation given as part of the East Asia Seminar Series at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, January 2010.
"From Charity to Welfare: Restructuring Child Relief in the Early People's Republic of China" Presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2009
"Saving the Children: State, Society, and Child Relief Networks in China, 1938-45" Presented at the Pacific Coast Branch - American Historical Association Conference
Pasadena, CA, August 2008
"Rehabilitating Deprived and Displaced Youths: Child Relief in Republican Shanghai, 1912-1949," Presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2008
"Making Citizens out of Orphans, Street Urchins, and Child Refugees: the Project of Child Welfare in Wartime China (1937-45)," Presented at The Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 2007
The Coming of the Qingdao Strikes,Presented at the University of California Chinese History Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley, May 2002
The Cosmology of the First Emperor's Mausoleum, Presented at the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia at Columbia University, New York City, NY, 6 February 1999
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