Field: Tibetan and Chinese History
Advisors: Gray Tuttle & Madeleine Zelin
Email: lk2627@columbia.edu

Ling-wei Kung is a Ph.D. student in Chinese and Tibetan history. His research interests center on international legal practices and global economic exchanges between modern China and Inner Asia during the 18th-20th centuries. He is also more broadly interested in the roles of Inner Asian peoples, especially Tibetans, Mongolians and Uyghurs, in the competitions between the Qing, British and Russian Empires. His research project discusses the intertwinement of “tributary system” and “international law” in Qing China, and its influences on the commercial activities between modern China and Inner Asia. In so doing, he primarily works with Manchu, Mongolian, and Tibetan documents, along with Chinese materials. In addition to the fields of his specialty, he is learning Persian and Turkish languages as a novice. Ling-Wei received a B.A. in History from National Taiwan University (2012), and his M.A. in Tibetan Studies from Columbia University (2015). Before coming to New York City, he stayed in Beijing, where he studied Chinese and Inner Asian history, as well as Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan at Renmin and Peking Universities for two years.