Originally from Hong Kong, Phyllis is an MPhil candidate in World History at Sidney Sussex College. She obtained her first degree at Cambridge, where she read History. Her undergraduate thesis on the figure of the 'Eurasian' in Hong Kong and Singapore 1930-50 was awarded the Alan Coulson Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation on British imperial expansion.
Phyllis is supervised by Dr Rachel Leow and investigates the logics of colonial racial enumeration and administration in Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements in the early twentieth century. She aims to provide evidence for and further analyse the arbitrary nature of racial labels and definitions still used in the region today. More widely, she is interested in the transnational exchange of ideas across colonies and the phenomena of administrative confusion and ambiguity over race and nationality in British and Japanese colonialism.
Centre for History and Economics,
Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK
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