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Lianbin Dai is a historian of late imperial China. He studies reading practices in relation to knowledge acquisition and innovation in the twelfth to eighteenth centuries. He is also interested in history of the book, bibliography, and textual scholarship. Currently he is working on the reading practices in the epistemic tradition of Fang Yizhi’s (1611-1671) family.
Dai received his BA from Nankai University (Tianjin, China), his MA from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and his D. Phil from Oxford University. His doctoral thesis Books, Reading, and Knowledge in Ming China discusses the reception of Zhu Xi’s (1130-1200) theory of reading by Ming elite readers. He also authors some book chapters and journal articles.