Robert Bickers (University of Bristol)
Professor Bickers is a specialist in relations between China and the British Empire, particularly as regards the city of Shanghai. His books include Britain in China (1999), Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (2003), and The Scramble for China: Strangers in the Middle Kingdom, 1832-1914 (2011), surveying the nineteenth-century foreign presence in China as a whole.
Sherman Cochran (Cornell University)
Dr Cochran is Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History at Cornell. He has published widely on commerce and consumerism in China, and his book Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia (2006) was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize in 2008 by the Association for Asian Studies.
Raymond Lum (Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University)
Dr Lum is the Librarian for Western Languages at the Harvard-Yenching Library, the largest university library for East Asian research in the western world, and the Asian Bibliographer for Harvard’s Widener Library. He is also responsible for the Harvard-Yenching’s materials in Tibetan and for its collections of photographs and personal papers.
Liren Zheng (Cornell University)
Dr Zheng is adjunct assistant professor at Cornell’s Department of Asian Studies and the curator of the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia. Before this he was the curator of the Dr Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Research and Documentation Center at Ohio University Library.