Yijiang ZHONG, Associate Professor

Reseach Topics


Research Theme : Religion, nation, space in East Asia

Professor Zhong’s research has three components. First is intellectual and cultural history of Japan. His first book "The Origin of Modern Shinto in Japan: the Vanquished Gods of Izumo" (Bloomsbury Publishing 2016) deals with the history of Shinto in Tokugawa and Meiji Japan (1600-1889). His second research interest concerns religion and secularity. He asks this question: what does it mean to separate religion from the modern nation-state? In connection to this question, he is looking into how legal definitions of religion and public interest shape social formation in contemporary Japan. He is also interested in exploring the history of space in modern East Asia. His current book project is an investigation of the geographical epithet "ura-Nihon" ("the underside of Japan") in the context of the Japanese empire and modern East Asian history.



Research Achivements


  • Zhong, Yijiang. The Origin of Modern Shinto in Japan: the Vanquished Gods of Izumo: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.10.
  • Translated Books

  • Junichi, Isomae. Translated by Yijiang Zhong. Reimagining Early Modern Japan: Beyond the Invented/Imagined Modern Nation: Brill, 2015.
  • Articles and Book Chapters

  • Zhong, Yijiang. "Freedom, Religion and the Making of the Modern State in Japan, 1868-89."Asian Studies Review 38, no. 1 2013.: 53-70.
  • Zhong, Yijiang. "Formation of History as a Modern Discipline in Meiji Japan."Working Paper Series, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, no. 191 2012.: 1-20.
  • Zhong, Yijiang. "Month without the Gods: Shinto and Authority Construction in Early Modern Japan."The Religion and Culture Web Forum, Divinity School, University of Chicago 2012.
  • Zhong, Yijiang. "Ritual, Purity and Power: Rethinking Shinto in Restoration Japan." Politics and Religion in Modern Japan: Red Sun, White Lotus. Edited by Roy Starrs. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.: 28-53.
  • Book Reviews

  • Zhong, Yijiang. Review of The "Greatest Problem": Religion and State Formation in Meiji Japan, by Trent Maxey. International Journal of Asian Studies 12 (2015.
  • Zhong, Yijiang. Review of In a Sea of Bitterness: Refugees during the Sino-Japanese War, by Keith R. Shoppa. Asian Journal of Social Science 41, no. 4 (2013.


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