The Art of the Comic with Sonny Liew

9pm China time, Thursday April 22

Interested in creating your own comic, and receiving feedback from master of the medium Sonny Liew himself? No prior experience required. Select one of the attached prompts, and email your comic to by 3pm (China time) on Thursday April 22nd.

Sonny Liew – comic prompt 1

Sonny Liew – comic prompt 2

Sonny Liew – comic prompt 3


Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was a New York Times and Amazon bestseller, and the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. Other works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Luen Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz) and Malinky Robot, as well as titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, DC Vertigo, First Second Books, Boom Studios, Disney Press and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his writing and art (including 6 for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye)  and for spearheading Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia.

Sonny has lots of great images available on his personal website; his most acclaimed works are The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (which is potentially the focus of his talk) and The Shadow Hero. He also has some wonderful visuals on the ‘Pinups’ section of the website dedicated to The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, such as this one.

HHL Luncheon & Project Sharing

Location: Water Pavilion

Zoom ID: 530.394.0458

Time: 11:45 am-12:45pm, April 1st, Thursday  China Time

The Health Humanities Lab luncheon is a status update on all of the current projects sponsored by the HHL. Each team will present their work and it will be recorded over Zoom so that other groups interested in the new call for proposals will have the opportunity to learn from the examples of successful project proposals.

HHL Exhibition: Public Square 2.0

Location: AB Lobby

Zoom ID: 865 588 9767

Time: 10am-8pm (with a special event at 11:30am) – April 1st – China Time

Public Square 2.0 is a video-based multi-screen installation about people’s interactions within public space, as a reflection of people’s relationships within a community in Beijing in the COVID-19 context. The videos screened within are documentations of human interactions in a community in Beijing during the COVID-19 outbreak from March to August in 2020. Each video highlights different parts of a communal square, documenting individuals and their daily activities within it at different times.

When it comes to the DKU community, for students, staff and faculty abroad, most of them are still unable to return to campus due to the pandemic. The installation is located in the AB lobby and with a MaxHub whiteboard that allows for real-time interactions through Zoom to connect the entire DKU community during the ongoing pandemic.

The pandemic has affected people’s lives all around the world. Even now, people’s outdoor activities are more or less restricted. And for some, the access to face-to-face interactions is still difficult. Within this context, this project wants to explore how we can increase interactions and strengthen bonds in the DKU community. What roles can communal space play in this process? How can we, as a community, support each other, and tell each other that we will face the challenges together?

For people online, you are greatly welcomed to join the exhibition virtually. Please feel free to interact with people on campus and annotate on the virtual whiteboard to share your feelings and thoughts.

Confronting Anti-Asian Hate: Gendered, Racialized, and Transnational Perspectives

IB 1047 / Zoom: 451 154 2347

Thursday April 1, 11:00 AM – 13:00 PM China

Guest Speakers:

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the Freedom Lab

In the past year, members of Asian descent have been the targets of hate crimes and other forms of systemic violence. These acts, particularly those that have taken place across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe, have, for the most part, singled out the most vulnerable members of Asian communities, including the elderly, the working-class, and women. Most recently, the mass murders of 8 people in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16, 2021, six of whom are Asian women laboring in the massage parlor industry, have ignited a wave of social movements calling for the end of intersectional racism, misogyny, and discrimination against those who are engaged in sex work, along those who labor in beauty, nail, and massage parlors. What is the significance of this event, particularly for those in the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the U.S.? What debates around race, gender, and labor have proliferated around the U.S. and the world since the shootings? How can the histories and experiences of migration, labor, and activism among Asian immigrants and their allies cast new light on building cross-cultural ties between Asia, China, and their diasporic groups in the Global South (Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America)? Continue reading “Confronting Anti-Asian Hate: Gendered, Racialized, and Transnational Perspectives”

Film Screening with Filmmaker | In Wuhan (Last Screening Salon of the Year)

Time and Date: Thursday April 1st, 7pm China Time

IB-1008 / Zoom ID: 530.390.0458

Snacks & Refreshments Provided

In Wuhan is a documentary that reveals the scene inside Wuhan during the earliest days of the pandemic. The film is a deep dive into the many logistical and humanitarian concerns involved in locking down and quarantining a city of 11 million people overnight. Please join us in watching the film followed by a in person Q&A with the filmmaker (Zhang Yue) who was in Wuhan during the citywide lockdown.

DKU Health Humanities Laboratory Request for Proposals: Health Humanities Projects

Information Session

On Friday, March 19th at 10am (China Time) the Health Humanities Lab will host an information session via Zoom to give an overview of health humanities, the types of projects students and faculty might consider proposing, and guidance on the proposal development process.

Health Humanities Lab Information Session

Date and Time: March 19th, 2021 at 10am (China Time)

Zoom Meeting Link:

The Health Humanities Lab seeks proposal submission for projects that focus on the interdisciplinary areas of Health Humanities. In our era of rapid globalization and interdependence, the sociocultural aspects of daily life create an important context for how we view and manage health among people and societies. A clear example: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions that cannot be addressed with science alone. As such, students and faculty are invited to submit project proposals to address an important health question that incorporates a humanities perspective. Proposals may examine this humanities-oriented question using methodologies from different disciplines.

Potential topics for proposals should concern aspects of individual or population health. Students who would like to submit proposals are required to find at least one DKU faculty member to mentor the project. Faculty who submit a proposal must incorporate at least one student role as part of the project team and teams featuring multiple student roles are highly encouraged. Proposals that include or consist of signature work projects are welcome.

Funding Amount

Maximum funding per project is 10,000 RMB. The project budget should adequately fit the scope of work being proposed and be well-justified. The proposal review committee may request a budget revision or additional justification.


All DKU students and faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Student applicants are required to identify at least one DKU faculty member, from whom they have received an approval for supervision. Faculty must propose at least one student role as part of the project team.

Proposal Format

The proposal should be no longer than 2 pages in length with single-spaced 12-point Arial font. The proposal should include “Title”, “Participants”, “Summary”, “Background”, “Approach” and “Budget” sections.

Title: should be concise and should give an overall idea about the project.

Participants: list all participants (students and faculty) and their roles. Faculty proposals must identify a student role, but need not identify particular students who will fill that role. The HHL will help faculty of accepted proposals find interested students to staff their projects if needed. Likewise, the HHL can offer some assistance to student projects in search of a faculty advisor, although students interested in submitting a proposal are very much encouraged to seek out faculty on their own.

Summary: functions as an abstract for the proposal. It should go over the nature, scope, and aims of the project from a broad perspective without going into much detail.

Background: is a section for you to discuss prior research on the issue directly related to your work. Here you should provide your motivations for conducting research or designing a project in your area of interest and include necessary information to understand the fundamentals of the issue. Please indicate in this section why and how the issue you wish to work on is a good fit for Health Humanities.

Approach: should specifically describe how you intend to work on the issue explained in the Background. You should include your procedure and methods here with explicit attention to interdisciplinarity where appropriate.

Budget: please specify the estimated cost of your project or research and identify the components. You should provide a brief justification for each proposed cost.

Project Timeline

Accepted proposals will be expected to be executed on one of two possible timelines: either during academic year 2021-2022, or over the summer in 2021. If your project team is interested in being physically in residence at DKU over the summer and the project you propose is designed to be completed in the summer, you may be considered for summer funding, which would include housing and board costs in addition to project funding (these additional expenses should not be added to the project budget). Indicate your interest by specifying that the project proposal is for Summer 2021. Otherwise indicate that your project proposal is for AY 2021-2022.


Submission will be through e-mail. Please send your proposals to Chi ZHANG ( and copy all affiliated individuals (students and faculty members). Proposals must be submitted by April 16th, 2021.

Criteria for Selection

Projects will be selected for support based on whether they meet the criteria introduced in this RFP, feasibility, clear fit within Health Humanities, and fit within the context of the set of projects the HHL supports.

Interdisciplinary Knowledge Network Lab

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce the establishment of an Interdisciplinary Knowledge Network Lab, to be co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and the Data Science Research Center.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to an information session on Wednesday February 24 from 3-4pm in IB2025 (the recording is now available to watch online). A Zoom link will be provided to those who register for the event and are off campus. To register for the information session please fill out the survey here or scan the QR code.


The Interdisciplinary Knowledge Network Lab (IKNL) is proposed as a collaborative network to facilitate research into knowledge architecture, metaknowledge, epistemology, semantic processing, knowledge network analysis and knowledge visualization at DKU. Researchers will use big data analysis, philosophical inquiry, and digital humanities methods to investigate how knowledge is structured, represented, analyzed, modeled, theorized and visualized. They will also draw on emerging research in biosemantics regarding the neurological structures that enable linguistic processing to take place in the brain. In addition to these broad theoretical issues in knowledge architecture and engineering, the lab will aim to make a concrete contribution to the analysis and visualization of knowledge production at DKU, Duke or other universities. These include:

  • tools to assess how universities’ research and teaching missions are aligned
  • methods to assess what universities are contributing to the development of human knowledge
  • applications for analyzing, classifying and visualizing knowledge production at universities
  • proposals for how knowledge can be related, synthesized, recombined, or repurposed across disciplines and fields

At the same time, as a vertically-integrated lab, students at various stages in their careers will work with faculty at various stages of their careers in order to share ideas, and build a research and training cluster that will support the mission of the whole university in terms of knowledge innovation and scientific discovery.

Reading Group

The lab will recruit students at an orientation session on February 24. Lab members will then meet weekly in session four in a reading group to deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge in areas related to lab’s mission. These could  include:

  • algorithms for natural language processing and semantic analysis in English and Chinese
  • taxonomy of knowledge as trees, hierarchies, networks or other structures
  • visualization of knowledge networks
  • network models
  • analysis of research paper metadata, citations etc
  • development of applications for academic institutional assessment and analysis
  • biosemantics and cognitive neuroscience
  • social / political implications of the above

This process of building up a cross-disciplinary body of research and training at DKU will enable to lab to support the development of signature work projects in Data Science, Computation and Design, Ethics and Leadership, and Behavioral Science. It will also support the work of faculty researchers whose work lies at the intersection of philosophy of mind, neuroscience, data science, ethics and society. Towards the end of the spring semester the lab members will work on the development of specific research projects and seek funding to carry them out beginning in the summer and fall.

Core Leaders

Charles Chang, Assistant Professor of Environment and Urban Studies

Prof. Chang’s research interest hinges on the intersections between computation and design. With the rise of smartphones and other internet-connected devices, design choices become increasingly data-driven and dependent on information’s credibility in the construction of the human habitat. Chang’s research focuses on human habitat design, environmental impact, and information credibility in the big-data age. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include computational social science, digital humanities, and urban informatics.

Wanying He, (student co-director), DKU’22

Wanying He is an undergraduate of the class of 2022 majoring in Data Science. Her research interests lie in knowledge architecture, natural language processing, semantic analysis and modeling, and the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity.

Sze Chai Kwok, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Prof. Kwok’s research lies at the intersection among neuroscience, behavior, and psychology. He is head of the Laboratory of Phylo-Cognition and his research team studies the neural bases of episodic memory, metacognition, and other related higher cognitive processes in the primate species. Elucidation of such intricate brain/mind/behavior relationships is attained by armamentaria of methods including multimodal neuroimaging, in vivo electrophysiology, neuromodulatory methods, state-of-the-art behavioral paradigms and computational techniques. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include topics within cognitive neuroscience, behavioral sciences, and psychology.

James Miller (faculty co-director), Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Strategy

James Miller is known worldwide as a scholar of Daoism and Ecology. He has published three monographs and four edited volumes, and his writing has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese and Farsi. He is Professor of Humanities, co-director of the Humanities Research Center, and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Strategy at Duke Kunshan University.

Ivan Mura, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ivan Mura has a computer science background and a passion for interdiscilinary applications of modeling. His research interests focus on techniques and applications of predictive and prescriptive data analytics to artificial and living systems, and the integration of measurement data into axiomatic modeling.

Daniel Weissglass, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Daniel Weissglass has two major research programs: the fundamentals of cognition; and science, health, and technology policy. The fundamentals of cognition program explores intersections between philosophy and the cognitive sciences to improve our understanding of the mind and its operations. His science, health, and technology policy research explores ethical, epistemic, and political challenges arising from contemporary advances in technology and develops policy recommendations to address these challenges.


To register for. the information session please fill out the survey here or scan the QR code.

Kunshan Digital Humanities 2020 Project Proposals

The Humanities Research Center is currently accepting individual or group project proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year.

In 2019-2020 pilot project we:

  • Recruited students to create original artworks in any medium in and and around Kunshan in Fall 2019
  • Developed a database index for an archive of artworks and other media related to Kunshan
  • Curated an online exhibition of student artworks in Spring 2020

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Freedom Lab Event Report | Freedom’s Proximity: The Interconnections between American Slavery, British Colonial Abolition, and Slave Ship Revolt

By Sihan Wang

Class of 2023

Click [HERE] to watch the recording

With 50 participants, on February October the 13th, a talk on the Creole Slave-Ship Revolt was carried out via Zoom by Professor Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie, a prestigious historian whose research interests include slavery, abolition, and post-emancipation societies, especially in North America and the Caribbean during the nineteenth century.

According to Professor Ritchie, the official termination of American participation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade announced in 1807 was marked as an end of seafaring commerce in the black population. However, this scenario ignores the arisen coastal dimensions of the slave trade, with many US slavery ships taking the maritime routes between different parts of America and the Caribbean. Consequently, despite the abolition of slavery in the British Empire and governmental manipulation, captives continued to be transported on US merchant ships in large numbers for decades due to the profit gained from buying and selling slaves as labors. The continuation of slave trading played a critical role within the context of the expansion of the United States as a maritime and territorial empire. Numerous ships transported men, women, and children for the manufacturing of products like tobacco and cotton, to spread commerce and develop new markets. Supported by primary sources, Professor Kerr-Ritchie concluded that between the 1820s and 1850s, more than 50,000 captives were moved from ports in the Upper to Lower South, in which thousands of lives were consumed and countless African-American families were torn apart.

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