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Prof. Olivia MILBURN 米歐敏教授

Chinese Language and Literature Programme


BA (Oxon), MA (Cantab), PhD (Lond)



Rm 822, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Court culture in imperial China, Historical representation of minority groups (disabled, ethnic minorities etc.), History and culture of Jiangsu and Zhejiang



Olivia Milburn is currently Professor at the School of Chinese, Hong Kong University and was formerly employed at the Department of Chinese, Seoul National University. She received her MA from Cambridge and PhD from SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses mainly on the history and culture of the ancient kingdoms of Wu and Yue, and the position of minorities and marginalized groups in early and medieval China, such as intersex persons, the disabled, and so on. In addition, Olivia Milburn has engaged in research on the early history of the novel in China. Her books include The Glory of Yue: An Annotated Translation of the Yuejue shu (2010); Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom (2013); Urbanization in Early and Medieval China: Gazetteers for the City of Suzhou (2015); The Spring and Autumn Annals of Master Yan (2016); The Empress in the Pepper Chamber: Zhao Feiyan in History and Fiction (2021); and a translation of Feng Menglong’s Kingdoms in Peril: A Novel of the Ancient Chinese World at War (2022). Her modern literature translations, recognized with the Special Book Award of China in 2018, include works by Mai Jia, Feng Jicai, Jiang Zilong, Fang Fang, and Su Tong.