CCHH: China Centre For Health And Humanity


Chinese Health & Humanity MA Dissertation Conference 2023

3 April 2023

Thursday 11 May and Friday 12 May. All warmly welcome. Fully hybrid: attend in person or on Zoom. Please join us for as much or as little of the event as you like, to support the wonderful CHH MA students and discover the impressive range of projects they're pursuing.



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Programme, Thursday 11 May

2pm    WELCOME

PANEL 1, The Medical Humanities Spirit

2.10    Guo Yixuan: Cultivation of Medical Humanistic Spirit against the Background of Healthy China
2.30    Liu Yibo: Identification and Exploitation of Medical Market Expansion in Guangdong, Given Emergent Demands for Improved Healthcare
2.50    Discussion  

PANEL 2, Misogyny and Shame

3.10    Wu Qiyue: The Role of Sexual Shame in Misogyny in China: Data from Social Media
3.30    Jia Ruimin: Alleviating Period shame and Period Poverty Among College-aged Women in China
3.50    Discussion    

4.10     TEA    

PANEL 3, Gender, Feminism and the Female Gaze

4.30    Hu Bohan: The Reproductive Rights of Single Women in China
4.50    Li Chushu: Masculinity under the Female Gaze: Advertising for Chinese Female Consumers
5.10    Tian Ruifan: 'Turning Females into Males: The Culture and Practice of Fetal Sex Modification in China
5.30    Discussion 

Programme, Friday 12 May

10am    WELCOME

PANEL 4, Spirit and Affective Disorders

10.10  Lu Yimeng: A Study of Chinese Youth‘s Bailan 擺爛 Phenomenon in Cyberspace
10.30  Guo Wanmei: Acupuncture and Disorders of the Spirit
10.50  Discussion 

PANEL 5, Food and Restaurant Cultures

11.10  Toby Tsun: Postcolonial Elements in Hong Kong-style Caa Caan Teng
11.30  Jiang Mingyu: The COM-B model as a Way of Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to Reducing Meat Consumption Among Beijing Consumers and Developing   Appropriate Interventions
11.50  Wang Haowen: A comparative study of Recent Vegetarian Practice in the UK and China
12.10  Discussion

12.30–1.30 LUNCH

PANEL 6, Active Aging

1.30    Deng Yuqing: Research and Insights on the Re-employment of the Elderly in China Against  the Background of Aging in the Last Five Years
1.50    Lin Jinru: The Impact of The Internet on the Wellbeing of Older People
2.10    Wang Yetong: Practical Problems and Development Pathways for China's Elderly Health Care Industry
2.30    Discussion

PANEL 7, The Arts and Healing: Literature, the Visual and Performing Arts

3pm    Wang Kanger:  Exploring Buddhist, Daoist and Shamanic Healers in Ming and Qing Vernacular Novels Represented by The Story of the Stone
3.20    Li Peichen: A Fertile Ground for Literature: Exploring the Significance of Chinese Medicine in Shaping Jin Yong's Martial Arts Novels
3.40    Bai Xi: Traditional Chinese Painting as a Mode of Art Therapy

4pm TEA

4.20    Zhang Jing: The Unique Characteristics of Square Dancing in China
4.40    Ouyang Sanyi: Transforming Space into Place: Belonging and Tree Culture in Qiandongnan, China
5pm    Zhou Kefan: The Impact of COVID-19 on Cross-Border Floating Population: A Case Study of the China-Vietnam Border
5pm    Discussion

c. 6pm     CLOSE


Dissertation Supervisors & Panel Chairs

Penelope Barrett (UCL History) is a translator and researcher with a background in medieval European languages and literatures as well as Chinese studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD on ‘Bernard Read: Translating Medical Worlds’. She teaches on the MA programme in Chinese Health and Humanity.
Dr Lily Chang (UCL History) is a historian of late imperial and modern China, specialising in the formation of legal measures pertaining to the military during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). Her work traces and explores the importance of jurisprudence in the historical development of twentieth-century China.  

Benny Dembitzer is a British economist who has specialised in the economics of developing countries, particularly on the continent of Africa. He was a member of the team that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Benny runs a company called ETHICAL EVENTS LTD that provides an umbrella for a range of activities in the wider field of education for development.

Professor Vivienne Lo (UCL History) is convenor of the MA programme, China Health and Humanity. Her research concerns the history of medicine and nutrition in ancient and medieval China. She uses visual and material culture as her main sources. She also publishes about the value of using Chinese films for the Health Humanities.

Professor Hugh Edward Montgomery OBE is a professor of Medicine and the director of the Centre for Human Health and Performance at UCL. He discovered that an allele of the gene with the DNA code for angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) influences physical fitness. This was the first discovery of a gene related to fitness

Dr Daniel Vuillermin is a lecturer at the School of Health Humanities at Peking University and is well published in the Health Humanities, particularly in narrative medicine and serious and rare diseases. He has won many awards for teaching excellence in China and recently has been co-teaching on the UCL Health Humanities programme.

Dr Brandon Yen (UCL History) teaches Translation and Direct Reading for the MA in Chinese Health and Humanity. His research explores the intersections between history, literature, visual art, and the environment in Britain, Ireland, and China. Brandon also works as a Mandarin-to-English translator and visual artist.