Aaron Throness

MA Student

Regional Research Area

Education

BA, University of British Columbia, May 2020 (4.33 GPA)
MA, University of British Columbia, May 2022 (4.33 GPA)

About

Aaron is a second-year MA student in UBC’s Department of History. He graduated with his BA in Asian Area Studies from UBC in May of 2020, specializing in the military and political history of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His current research concentrates on the statecraft thought, princedom-state relations, and political history of Ming China between the 15th and 16th centuries. His most recent refereed publications have engaged with the reign of the Jingtai Emperor 景泰帝 (r. 1450-1457) as well as the scholarship of John W. Dardess (1937-2020). Aaron is also a recent awardee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) CGS-M Award, which is supporting his graduate research on 15th century statecraft thought in Ming China.

Aaron will proceed to Harvard University in the fall of 2022 to begin a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. While there, he intends to further investigate paradigms of political interactivity between the Ming state and its Huguang 湖廣-based princely appanages.


Research

MA Thesis: “To Govern the State and Bring Peace to the Realm: Qiu Jun’s (1421-1495) Geographic Statecraft Thought in 15th Century Ming China.”

Monograph (in progress)A Political Biography of Yang Tinghe, 1459-1529.

General Research Interests:

  • Geographic dimensions in the foreign policy and military statecraft of Qiu Jun 丘濬 (js. 1454, 1421-1495).
  • Ming 明 and Qing 清 historiographical evaluations of the Jingtai Emperor 景泰帝 (r. 1450-1457) and his reign.
  • Politico-bureaucratic history of the 15th and 16th century Ming court.
  • Political relations between the Ming court and provincial princely estates (wangfu 王府), particularly in Huguang province, between the 15th-16th centuries.
  • Biographical treatment of Ming emperors in western sinology.
  • Paradigms of Ming rulership in the 16th century, with particular reference to the Zhengde 正德 Emperor (r. 1506-1521).

 


Publications

Research Essays

A. Throness. “A Critical Biography of Zhu Zhanshan, Prince Xian of Xiang.” Accepted and forthcoming in 2023, with T’oung Pao.

A. Throness. “Disastrous Rhetoric: Invocations of the Tumu Incident in 16th Century Ming Political Discourse.” Accepted and forthcoming in 2022, with Monumenta Serica.

A. Throness. “An Age of Exalted Harmony? Deciphering the Contested Historiography of the Jingtai Reign.” Ming Studies 83 (2021): 30-59. DOI: 10.1080/0147037X.2021.1886462.

Review Essays

A. Throness. “Review of Four Seasons: A Ming Emperor and His Grand Secretaries in Sixteenth-Century China, by John W. Dardess.” International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 1-6. DOI: 10.1017/S1479591421000413.

A. Throness. “Review of More Than the Great Wall: The Northern Frontier and Ming National Security, 1368-1644, by John W. Dardess.” International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 1-5. DOI: 10.1017/S1479591421000097.

A. Throness. “A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie: A Chronicle of Japanese Film’s Impact on History, Culture, and Politics.” Mise-en-Scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration 4, no. 1 (2019): 74-77.

Translations

A. Throness, trans. “Zhu Muyang.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/prince-of-nanling-zhu-muyang/.

A. Throness, trans. “Zhu Zhanshan, Prince of Xiang.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/zhu-zhanshan-prince-of-xiang/.

A. Throness, trans. “Qiu Jun.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/qiu-jun/.

Conference Papers

“Retribution, Punishment, and Redemption: Zhu Yousi and the Princely Institution in 16th Century Ming China.” Paper presented at the China Research Cluster, The University of British Columbia, 1 October 2021.

“To Share the Dragon Throne: Revisiting the Tianshun Emperor’s Understanding of Dual-Emperorship after the Forcing of the Gate Incident, 1457.” Paper presented at the China Research Cluster, The University of British Columbia, 25 January 2021.

“Searching for Taiwan in the Ming Dynasty: A Study of Luo Hongxian’s Atlas – The Guangyu Tu.” Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association, University of Washington, 16-18 May 2019.

“Effective Pedagogies for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language to Beginner Non-Heritage Students.” Paper co-presented with Yanfeng Qu at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Vancouver, 28 April 2018.

“‘LE’ or no ‘LE’: The Endless Saga for Instructors of Chinese as a Second Language.” Co-presented with Yanfeng Qu at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Vancouver, 30 April 2017.

Works in Progress

A Complete Translation of “An Imperially Composed Preface for the Daxue yanyi bu 御製《大學衍義補》序.” 1606, by the Wanli 萬曆 Emperor (r. 1573-1620). Under review.

“Retribution, Punishment, and Redemption: Zhu Yousi and the Princely Institution in 16th Century Ming China.” Presently under review.

“The Politics of Princely Patricide: The Murder of Zhu Xianrong, Prince Min of Chu (1506-1545).” Manuscript in preparation.


Awards

  • SSHRC: Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (2021-2022)
  • UBC Department of History Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Peter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Jun. 2020)
  • Dean’s Honour List (May 2020)
  • Student Scholarship in Arts (Mar. 2020)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students (Aug. 2019)
  • Fung Hang Memorial Award (May 2019)
  • 1st Place in the North American Taiwan Studies Association’s Undergraduate Scholarship Competition (Apr. 2019)
  • China Scholarship Council – Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2016, 2017, 2018)

Graduate Supervision

Graduate Supervisor:

Dr. Timothy Brook, Professor of History and Republic of China Chair.


Additional Description

Teaching

Past assignments:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 320/HIST 378: History of Early China (2021 S2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, HIST 102: World History from 1500 to the 20th Century (2020/21 W1/2), with Dr. Sebastian Prange.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 320/HIST 378: History of Early China (2019/20 W2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 371: Foundations of Chinese Thought (2019 S2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

 


Aaron Throness

MA Student
email

BA, University of British Columbia, May 2020 (4.33 GPA)
MA, University of British Columbia, May 2022 (4.33 GPA)

Aaron is a second-year MA student in UBC's Department of History. He graduated with his BA in Asian Area Studies from UBC in May of 2020, specializing in the military and political history of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His current research concentrates on the statecraft thought, princedom-state relations, and political history of Ming China between the 15th and 16th centuries. His most recent refereed publications have engaged with the reign of the Jingtai Emperor 景泰帝 (r. 1450-1457) as well as the scholarship of John W. Dardess (1937-2020). Aaron is also a recent awardee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) CGS-M Award, which is supporting his graduate research on 15th century statecraft thought in Ming China.

Aaron will proceed to Harvard University in the fall of 2022 to begin a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. While there, he intends to further investigate paradigms of political interactivity between the Ming state and its Huguang 湖廣-based princely appanages.

MA Thesis: "To Govern the State and Bring Peace to the Realm: Qiu Jun’s (1421-1495) Geographic Statecraft Thought in 15th Century Ming China."

Monograph (in progress)A Political Biography of Yang Tinghe, 1459-1529.

General Research Interests:

  • Geographic dimensions in the foreign policy and military statecraft of Qiu Jun 丘濬 (js. 1454, 1421-1495).
  • Ming 明 and Qing 清 historiographical evaluations of the Jingtai Emperor 景泰帝 (r. 1450-1457) and his reign.
  • Politico-bureaucratic history of the 15th and 16th century Ming court.
  • Political relations between the Ming court and provincial princely estates (wangfu 王府), particularly in Huguang province, between the 15th-16th centuries.
  • Biographical treatment of Ming emperors in western sinology.
  • Paradigms of Ming rulership in the 16th century, with particular reference to the Zhengde 正德 Emperor (r. 1506-1521).

 

Research Essays

A. Throness. "A Critical Biography of Zhu Zhanshan, Prince Xian of Xiang." Accepted and forthcoming in 2023, with T'oung Pao.

A. Throness. "Disastrous Rhetoric: Invocations of the Tumu Incident in 16th Century Ming Political Discourse." Accepted and forthcoming in 2022, with Monumenta Serica.

A. Throness. "An Age of Exalted Harmony? Deciphering the Contested Historiography of the Jingtai Reign." Ming Studies 83 (2021): 30-59. DOI: 10.1080/0147037X.2021.1886462.

Review Essays

A. Throness. "Review of Four Seasons: A Ming Emperor and His Grand Secretaries in Sixteenth-Century China, by John W. Dardess." International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 1-6. DOI: 10.1017/S1479591421000413.

A. Throness. "Review of More Than the Great Wall: The Northern Frontier and Ming National Security, 1368-1644, by John W. Dardess." International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 1-5. DOI: 10.1017/S1479591421000097.

A. Throness. “A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie: A Chronicle of Japanese Film’s Impact on History, Culture, and Politics.” Mise-en-Scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration 4, no. 1 (2019): 74-77.

Translations

A. Throness, trans. “Zhu Muyang.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/prince-of-nanling-zhu-muyang/.

A. Throness, trans. “Zhu Zhanshan, Prince of Xiang.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/zhu-zhanshan-prince-of-xiang/.

A. Throness, trans. “Qiu Jun.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/qiu-jun/.

Conference Papers

"Retribution, Punishment, and Redemption: Zhu Yousi and the Princely Institution in 16th Century Ming China." Paper presented at the China Research Cluster, The University of British Columbia, 1 October 2021.

“To Share the Dragon Throne: Revisiting the Tianshun Emperor’s Understanding of Dual-Emperorship after the Forcing of the Gate Incident, 1457.” Paper presented at the China Research Cluster, The University of British Columbia, 25 January 2021.

“Searching for Taiwan in the Ming Dynasty: A Study of Luo Hongxian’s Atlas – The Guangyu Tu.” Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association, University of Washington, 16-18 May 2019.

“Effective Pedagogies for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language to Beginner Non-Heritage Students.” Paper co-presented with Yanfeng Qu at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Vancouver, 28 April 2018.

“‘LE’ or no ‘LE’: The Endless Saga for Instructors of Chinese as a Second Language.” Co-presented with Yanfeng Qu at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Vancouver, 30 April 2017.

Works in Progress

A Complete Translation of "An Imperially Composed Preface for the Daxue yanyi bu 御製《大學衍義補》序." 1606, by the Wanli 萬曆 Emperor (r. 1573-1620). Under review.

"Retribution, Punishment, and Redemption: Zhu Yousi and the Princely Institution in 16th Century Ming China." Presently under review.

"The Politics of Princely Patricide: The Murder of Zhu Xianrong, Prince Min of Chu (1506-1545)." Manuscript in preparation.

  • SSHRC: Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (2021-2022)
  • UBC Department of History Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Peter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Jun. 2020)
  • Dean's Honour List (May 2020)
  • Student Scholarship in Arts (Mar. 2020)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students (Aug. 2019)
  • Fung Hang Memorial Award (May 2019)
  • 1st Place in the North American Taiwan Studies Association’s Undergraduate Scholarship Competition (Apr. 2019)
  • China Scholarship Council - Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2016, 2017, 2018)

Graduate Supervisor:

Dr. Timothy Brook, Professor of History and Republic of China Chair.

Teaching

Past assignments:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 320/HIST 378: History of Early China (2021 S2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, HIST 102: World History from 1500 to the 20th Century (2020/21 W1/2), with Dr. Sebastian Prange.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 320/HIST 378: History of Early China (2019/20 W2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 371: Foundations of Chinese Thought (2019 S2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

 

Aaron Throness

MA Student
email

BA, University of British Columbia, May 2020 (4.33 GPA)
MA, University of British Columbia, May 2022 (4.33 GPA)

Aaron is a second-year MA student in UBC's Department of History. He graduated with his BA in Asian Area Studies from UBC in May of 2020, specializing in the military and political history of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His current research concentrates on the statecraft thought, princedom-state relations, and political history of Ming China between the 15th and 16th centuries. His most recent refereed publications have engaged with the reign of the Jingtai Emperor 景泰帝 (r. 1450-1457) as well as the scholarship of John W. Dardess (1937-2020). Aaron is also a recent awardee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) CGS-M Award, which is supporting his graduate research on 15th century statecraft thought in Ming China.

Aaron will proceed to Harvard University in the fall of 2022 to begin a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. While there, he intends to further investigate paradigms of political interactivity between the Ming state and its Huguang 湖廣-based princely appanages.

MA Thesis: "To Govern the State and Bring Peace to the Realm: Qiu Jun’s (1421-1495) Geographic Statecraft Thought in 15th Century Ming China."

Monograph (in progress)A Political Biography of Yang Tinghe, 1459-1529.

General Research Interests:

  • Geographic dimensions in the foreign policy and military statecraft of Qiu Jun 丘濬 (js. 1454, 1421-1495).
  • Ming 明 and Qing 清 historiographical evaluations of the Jingtai Emperor 景泰帝 (r. 1450-1457) and his reign.
  • Politico-bureaucratic history of the 15th and 16th century Ming court.
  • Political relations between the Ming court and provincial princely estates (wangfu 王府), particularly in Huguang province, between the 15th-16th centuries.
  • Biographical treatment of Ming emperors in western sinology.
  • Paradigms of Ming rulership in the 16th century, with particular reference to the Zhengde 正德 Emperor (r. 1506-1521).

 

Research Essays

A. Throness. "A Critical Biography of Zhu Zhanshan, Prince Xian of Xiang." Accepted and forthcoming in 2023, with T'oung Pao.

A. Throness. "Disastrous Rhetoric: Invocations of the Tumu Incident in 16th Century Ming Political Discourse." Accepted and forthcoming in 2022, with Monumenta Serica.

A. Throness. "An Age of Exalted Harmony? Deciphering the Contested Historiography of the Jingtai Reign." Ming Studies 83 (2021): 30-59. DOI: 10.1080/0147037X.2021.1886462.

Review Essays

A. Throness. "Review of Four Seasons: A Ming Emperor and His Grand Secretaries in Sixteenth-Century China, by John W. Dardess." International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 1-6. DOI: 10.1017/S1479591421000413.

A. Throness. "Review of More Than the Great Wall: The Northern Frontier and Ming National Security, 1368-1644, by John W. Dardess." International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 1-5. DOI: 10.1017/S1479591421000097.

A. Throness. “A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie: A Chronicle of Japanese Film’s Impact on History, Culture, and Politics.” Mise-en-Scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration 4, no. 1 (2019): 74-77.

Translations

A. Throness, trans. “Zhu Muyang.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/prince-of-nanling-zhu-muyang/.

A. Throness, trans. “Zhu Zhanshan, Prince of Xiang.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/zhu-zhanshan-prince-of-xiang/.

A. Throness, trans. “Qiu Jun.” Accessible via The Ming History in English Translation Project, https://knit.ucsd.edu/minghistoryinenglish/qiu-jun/.

Conference Papers

"Retribution, Punishment, and Redemption: Zhu Yousi and the Princely Institution in 16th Century Ming China." Paper presented at the China Research Cluster, The University of British Columbia, 1 October 2021.

“To Share the Dragon Throne: Revisiting the Tianshun Emperor’s Understanding of Dual-Emperorship after the Forcing of the Gate Incident, 1457.” Paper presented at the China Research Cluster, The University of British Columbia, 25 January 2021.

“Searching for Taiwan in the Ming Dynasty: A Study of Luo Hongxian’s Atlas – The Guangyu Tu.” Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association, University of Washington, 16-18 May 2019.

“Effective Pedagogies for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language to Beginner Non-Heritage Students.” Paper co-presented with Yanfeng Qu at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Vancouver, 28 April 2018.

“‘LE’ or no ‘LE’: The Endless Saga for Instructors of Chinese as a Second Language.” Co-presented with Yanfeng Qu at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association, Vancouver, 30 April 2017.

Works in Progress

A Complete Translation of "An Imperially Composed Preface for the Daxue yanyi bu 御製《大學衍義補》序." 1606, by the Wanli 萬曆 Emperor (r. 1573-1620). Under review.

"Retribution, Punishment, and Redemption: Zhu Yousi and the Princely Institution in 16th Century Ming China." Presently under review.

"The Politics of Princely Patricide: The Murder of Zhu Xianrong, Prince Min of Chu (1506-1545)." Manuscript in preparation.

  • SSHRC: Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (2021-2022)
  • UBC Department of History Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Peter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Jun. 2020)
  • Dean's Honour List (May 2020)
  • Student Scholarship in Arts (Mar. 2020)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students (Aug. 2019)
  • Fung Hang Memorial Award (May 2019)
  • 1st Place in the North American Taiwan Studies Association’s Undergraduate Scholarship Competition (Apr. 2019)
  • China Scholarship Council - Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2016, 2017, 2018)

Graduate Supervisor:

Dr. Timothy Brook, Professor of History and Republic of China Chair.

Teaching

Past assignments:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 320/HIST 378: History of Early China (2021 S2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, HIST 102: World History from 1500 to the 20th Century (2020/21 W1/2), with Dr. Sebastian Prange.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 320/HIST 378: History of Early China (2019/20 W2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, ASIA 371: Foundations of Chinese Thought (2019 S2), with Dr. Clayton Ashton.