David T. Roy, 1933-2016

Professor David Tod Roy, professor emeritus of Chinese literature at the University of Chicago, died in Chicago on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Professor Roy is best known for his 30-year five-volume English translation of the Chinese novel Jin ping mei (1618), published by Princeton University Press between 1993 and 2013 (Xiaoxiaosheng, The plum in the golden vase, or, Chin Pʻing Mei, translated by David Tod Roy [Princeton: Princeton University Press, c1993-2013]).

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.


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