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Yuexin Rachel, LIN

Yuexin Rachel Lin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Yuexin Rachel Lin
Contact Details
DID: +65 6516 4203
Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Wing A, Level 2, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Rachel’s research deals with the Russian Far East as a contested frontier and the legacies of Northeast Asian imperialism on the region. More specifically, she is interested in the phenomenon of migrant nationalism, in which nationalist rhetoric and historical memories were “exported” alongside diaspora communities. This formed the basis for her doctoral thesis, “Among Ghosts and Tigers”, which examined the Chinese diaspora in the Russian Far East during the Russian Civil War and its opportunistic use of nationalist discourse. Her particular focus is on the late imperial, early soviet and Republican Chinese periods, and her work is heavily based on Chinese-language sources. She received a DPhil in History in 2016, and an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies in 2013, both from Oxford University.

Research Interests

  • East Siberia and the Russian Far East
  • Imperialism and nationalism
  • Migration and diaspora identities
  • Cultural hybridity
  • Russian Civil War
  • Republican China
  • Northeast Asian relations
  • Warlordism


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Lin, Y.R. (2017) “White Water, Red Tide: Sino-Russian Conflict on the Amur 1917-1920”. Historical Research 90(247), pp. 76-100.
  • Lin, Y.R. (2015) “Among Ghosts and Tigers: The Chinese in the White Terror”. Revolutionary Russia 28(2), 140-166.

Conference Presentations

  • Lin, Y.R. “A Question of Humanity: Civil War Migrants and Refugees in Manchuria”. 41st Annual and International Conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies, National University of Ireland Galway, 4-6 May 2017.
  • Lin, Y.R. “White Water, Red Tide: Sino-Russian Conflict on the Amur 1917-1920”. XLII Conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution, Northumbria University, 7-9 Jan 2016
  • Lin, Y.R. “They Woke Up and Joined Forces”: Chinese Organisations in the Russian Civil War”. 14th International Postgraduate Conference, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 20-21 Feb 2016


Talks and Seminars

  • Lin, Y.R. “Shatter Zones: The Legacy of Empire in Russia’s Far East”. 60th School Research Seminar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 8 February 2017.
  • Lin, Y.R. “Repaying Hatred with Kindness: The Russian Refugee Problem in Manchuria, 1919-1921”. East Asian Institute Seminar, National University of Singapore, 19 May 2017.
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