New Asia Research Brief | Understanding Knowledge Culture in Late Imperial China

Lianbin Dai, YCAR CCKF Postdoctoral Fellow

In our latest Asia Research Brief, “Understanding Knowledge Culture in Late Imperial China,” Lianbin Dai (YCAR CCKF Postdoctoral Fellow) tackles conventional understandings of Neo-Confucian activists. Dai proposes a shift away from dichotomous frameworks that separate moral cultivation from statecraft. He suggests that statecraft knowledge and skills were an important part of Neo-Confucian ideals of self-cultivation. His research traces the impact of programmes of learning developed by Neo-Confucian scholar, Zhu Xi.

Read Lianbin Dai’s brief at

Featured image: Portrait of Zhu Xi (1130-1200)