Adam Fong earned his B.A. and M.A. in History from San Francisco State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His primary field of research is Tang dynasty China, within which he focuses on issues such as urbanization, maritime trade, local identity, and cross-cultural interactions in southern China. He is also very interested in the links between East and Southeast Asia, and tracing connections—e.g. by researching immigrant networks—between regional histories and world history.
Dr. Fong’s book manuscript, Flourishing on the Frontier: Trade and Urbanization in Tang Dynasty Guangzhou, 618-907 C.E., explores the influence of international maritime trade on the urban development of the southern city of Guangzhou during the Tang dynasty. In this work, he argues that the Tang dynasty transformed the city of Guangzhou from a remote border outpost to a major, “Chinese,” city of the empire. This transformation relied on the influx of wealth coming into the empire from Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East. Thus, his research contributes to the growing body of research on Chinese cities, local histories, identity formation and the position of China in world history. He has presented papers at a number of conferences, including regional conferences of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association.
Dr. Fong has taught Asian history and World history at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. At UNC, he teaches a variety of courses that relate to Asian history. In addition to the introductory survey classes on Asian history, he teaches classes on the history of China, Japan, Southeast Asia, as well as World history courses.