Yung-chang Tung

Yung-chang Tung

Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese History
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Yung-chang’s dissertation is entitled “Coping with Triviality: Note-Taking, Gossip-Telling, and the Problem of Information in Song China (960-1276).” This project tackles the ways in which Chinese literati processed daily information and promoted their reputation. He focuses particularly on Song notebooks (biji), arguing that literati developed multiple strategies to counter the problem of triviality and unreliability in the notebook genre in order to accumulate social capital in an increasingly competitive society. Yung-chang's research interests include Song Dynasty History, Biji, Book History, and the formation of an Information Society in Middle-Period China.

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