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Blaine Chiasson

Dr. Blaine Chiasson

Associate Professor
Modern Chinese History; Sino-Russian Relations

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.3954

Office Location: DAWB 4-138

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

BA, Dalhousie
MA, Toronto
PhD, Toronto


I started my studies in Russian history and language. Gradually my interests moved to the Russian Far East and then to political/cultural and social interactions between China and Russia. My first work in this area was on the establishment of the frontier between the two empires and the creation of a Russian mission in Manchu Beijing.

I learned Chinese and wrote my dissertation on the Russian railway concession city of Harbin (located in Northeastern China) and how over the 1920's the Chinese elite established Chinese control over Russian institutions and how the Chinese developed a minority policy to cope with their substantial Russian emigre population. I am now preparing it for publication.

Future work includes a monograph on the history of Special Districts from the Qing dynasty to the present,  research on the city government movement in 1920's China, a history of the Chinese Eastern Railway and a study of Eurasian communities in China before the 1949 Revolution.

I teach courses on modern China and Japan, a survey course on modern Asian history, courses on the Vietnamese Wars, history of the Chinese diaspora, Chinese gender history, Chinese diplomatic history, WWII in Asia and a graduate course in the International Relations of the Far East.

Academic Interests

Modern Chinese History; Sino-Russian relations; Chinese Urban History; History of the Chinese Northeast and the Russian Far East; History of Russian Emigres; Nova Scotian, Acadian and Cape Breton History

Recent Publications


Administering the Colonizer: Manchuria's Russians under Chinese Rule, 1919-1929

UBC Press April 2010


"This Land is my Land: Sino-Russian conflicts over property in the Special District of the Far Eastern Provinces, 1923-1928," Minguo Yanjiu (Studies on Republican China) Beijing, April 2004

"Chinese Savages and Chinese Saints: Russians and Chinese Remember and Forget the Boxer Rebellion in  1920s China," Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China Vancouver, UBC Press, 2011

"Crisis in East Asia's Regional Order, 1800-1945," Shifting Regional Order in East Asia Waterloo, Renison Press, 2011

Book Reviews

"Negotiating Urban Space: Urbanization and Late Ming Nanjing," Canadian Journal of History 46 (2011) 197-199

"Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the end of the 19th century," Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 14.1 (2008), 143-144

 "Mao: The Unknown Story," Journal of Political Biography Vol. 1, 2007, 127-131

 "Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora," Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 45, No. 3 December 2004

"Creating a Chinese Harbin:Nationalism in an International City," Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 12, 2 (2006), 291-293

"Women in Republican China: A Sourcebook," Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 45, No. 3 December 2004

"Culturing Modernity: The Nantong Model," Social History, Fall 2004

"Towards the Rising Sun: Russian Ideologies of Empire and the Path to war with Japan," International Journal, 2003

"To the Harbin Station: the Liberal Alternative in Russian Manchuria," Russians in Asia, 2002