E. Patricia Tsurumi, 1938-2016

Posted on behalf of Christina Laffin.


I write to inform colleagues about the recent death of E. Patricia Tsurumi, historian and professor emerita at the University of Victoria in Canada. Known for her thoroughly-researched scholarship grounded in a strong sense of social justice, Paddy contributed to the history of women, education, colonialism, and labour.

Prof. Harriet C. Mills (1920-2016)

Dr. Frank Shulman has passed on the sad news that Harriet Mills, Professor Emerita of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, died on March 5 in Mitchelville, Md. She was 95.

An obituary of her was published in the New York Times on March 29, 2016, placing emphasis on her experience of captivity in China between 1951 and 1955, and the question of brain-washing related to her experience.

Cees Fasseur, 1938-2016

The Dutch historian Cees Fasseur has died in The Netherlands at the age of 77. In recent times he was best known in his home country for his biography of Queen Wilhelmina and his analysis of the difficult marriage of her daughter and successor, Queen Juliana. Historians of Asia, however, will know him best for his earlier work on Indonesian colonial history.

In Memoriam: F.K. Lehman (F. K. L. U Chit Hlaing), 1924-2016

Professor F.K. Lehman (F. K. L. U Chit Hlaing), renowned anthropologist and Asia scholar, wide-ranging expert on Burma and its peoples, passed away several days ago. He was professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Lehman is being widely remembered and there are surely obituaries to come. A memorial website was set up at the Center for Burma Studies which he helped found, at Northern Illinois University. It can be found via http://go.niu.edu/Lehman, or directly here:   

Philip A. Kuhn (1933-2016)

I have just learned the sad news that Prof. Philip Kuhn, professor emeritus of Chinese history at Harvard University, passed away a few days ago. The Fairbank Center at Harvard has posted a short obituary for him (dated February 15, 2016), with comments from some of his students and colleagues. These comments testify both to his scholarship and to his kindness, wit, and human sympathy. Another colleague, Prof.

Prof. John Legge (1921-2016)

The Sydney Morning Herald has published (on February 15, 2016) an obituary by Tony Milner of Professor John Legge, one of the pioneers of Asian Studies and Indonesia studies in Australia. A graduate of Melbourne University and Oxford, Dr. Legge joined the faculty of Monash University, where he was instrumental in establishing the Centre of South-east Asian Studies.


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