- Director, Centre of Chinese Research, Institute of Asian Research, UBC
- Co-Director, Canada & Hong Kong Project, Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, Toronto
- General editor, UBC Press Series on Modern China
- Research Associate, David See-chai Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University
- External advisor, Hong Kong Culture project, University of Hong Kong
- Fellow, St. John’s College, UBC
Current Research Interests
Chinese migration, especially internal; Canada and Hong Kong connections; the Chinese military; the impact of warfare on Chinese society; regionalism in China, focusing on Shandong and Guangxi provinces; the Zhuang people of southern China; colour symbolism in Chinese culture.
- Modern Chinese history
- Internal migration in China
- Military history
- Hong Kong
D. Lary. Chinese migrations: the movement of people, goods, and ideas over four millennia. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
D. Lary. The Chinese people at war: human suffering and social transformation, 1937-1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
D. Lary. China’s Republic. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
S.R. MacKinnon; D. Lary; E.F. Vogel. China at war: regions of China, 1937-1945. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2007.
D. Lary; E.Academic C. Collection; C.Publishers CRKN. The Chinese state at the borders. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007.
D. Lary. China’s Republic: New Approaches to Asian History v. 2. GB: Cambridge University Press – M.U.A, 2006.
D. Lary; S.R. MacKinnon. Scars of War: The Impact of Warfare on Modern China. : UBC Press, 2001.
T.R. Gottschang; D. Lary. Swallows and settlers: the great migration from North China to Manchuria. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, The University of Michigan, 2000.
D. Lary. Recycled Labor Systems: Personal Connections in the Recruitment of Labor in China. : , 1997.
D. Lary; R. Kunin. Succeeding: Profiles of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs. Vancouver: Asia Pacific Foundation, 1997.
D. Lary. Dumb foreigners: language and cultural barriers to Canadian relations with Asia and the Pacific. Toronto: Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, 1990.
D. Lary; S. Chi-kun; J. Lum. Canada and Hong Kong. Toronto: Ontario Centre for International Business, 1989.
D. Lary. Warlord soldiers: Chinese common soldiers, 1911-1937. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
D. Lary. Region and nation: the Kwangsi clique in Chinese politics, 1925-1937. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1974.
D. Lary, “The Guangxi Clique and Hong Kong: sanctuary in a warlord world”, in Colonial Hong Kong and Modern China, L. Pui-tak Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005.
D. Lary, “The peoples experience: China”, in The Great World War 1914-1945, P. Liddle, Bourne, J., and Whitehead, I. London: Harper-Collins, 2001, pp. 164-181.
D. Lary, “The burdens of war: regional variations in the impact of war. Guangxi in the Sino-Japanese War”, in Zhonghua junshixuehui huilan, Taipei: , 2001, pp. 627-646.
D. Lary, “A Ravaged Place”, in The Scars of War , D. Lary and MacKinnon, S. R. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2001.
D. Lary, “Drowned Earth: the breaching of the Yellow River Dykes, 1938”, War in History, vol. VIII, no. 2, pp. 191-207, 2001.
D. Lary, “Defending China: the battles of the Xuzhou Campaign”, in Warfare in Chinese History, H. van de Ven Leiden: Brill, 2000, pp. 398-427.
D. Lary, “The ‘static decades’: inter-provincial migration in pre-reform China”, in Internal and International Migration: Chinese Perspectives, F. Pieke and Mallee, H. London: Curzon, 1999, pp. 29-48.
D. Lary, “Women at home/women in leadership: combining family and community roles for First Nations and immigrant women”, in Funu yu fazhan/Women in Development, J. Walls and Shusong, L. Beijing: Minzu daxue chubanshe, 1999, pp. 94-6, 127-130.
D. Lary, “Political participation amongst Chinese Canadians”, in The Last Half Century of Chinese Overseas, E. Sinn Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1998, pp. 217-228.
D. Lary, “Recycled labour systems: personal connections in the recruitment of labour in China”, in Economy and Culture: the Making of Capitalism in Eastern Asia, T. Brook and Van Luong, H. Michigan: , 1997.
D. Lary, “Hidden migrations: movement of Shandong people, 1949-1978”, Special issue of Chinese Environment and Development, 1997.
D. Lary, “Regions and nation: the present situation in China in historical context”, Pacific Affairs, no. Summer, 1997.
D. Lary, “Workshop on One Country Two Systems: What Happened? – Co-organiser”, Workshop on One Country Two Systems: What Happened. Vancouver, 2003.
D. Lary, “Workshop on Chinese Migration – Organiser”, Workshop on Chinese Migration. UBC, 2003.
D. Lary, “Workshop on the Taiwan Economy – Organiser”, Workshop on the Taiwan Economy. UBC, 2002.
D. Lary, “Conference on Wartime China: Regional Regimes and Conditions,1937- 45 – Co-organiser”, Wartime China: Regional Regimes and Conditions,1937- 45. Harvard University, 2002.
D. Lary, “Workshop on Hong Kong Culture – Initiator”, Workshop on Hong Kong Culture. 2001.
D. Lary, “Workshop on Chinatown: Past, Present and Future – Co-organiser”, Workshop on Chinatown: Past, Present and Future. UBC, 2001.
D. Lary, “Workshop on Chinese Migration – Organiser”. Peter Wall Institute, UBC, 2000.
Work in progress
Chinese Migration. Historical migration within China and on contemporary emigration from China, especially to Canada.
Canada and Hong Kong. The relationship between Canada and Hong Kong, especially in terms of migration.
War and Society. The impact of the Anti-Japanese War on Chinese society.
The Chinese Military. The role of the Chinese military in China’s recent past and present.
Colour symbolism in Chinese Culture