Zhijun Ren

Position title: Lecturer: History 103 - Introduction to East Asian History: China

Email: zren33@wisc.edu

Advisor: Viren Murthy
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm

Zhijun Ren


My dissertation is a reinterpretation of the Chinese tributary system and its relation to East Asian early modernity. I use the Korean travelogues (collectively known as Yonhaengrok) to examine the early modern tributary relationship between the Qing empire and the Chosŏn dynasty. I use the political history of Sino-Korean diplomatic exchange to rethink Chosŏn’s centrality in the construction of the Qing tributary order.


  • East Asian History

M.A. Title

  • “The Tributary System and the Meaning of East Asia in the Late Qing”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Remapping Empire and Envisioning Early Modern in East Asia: Locality and Region in the Wriitngs of Korean Envoys”