Joshua Tan

TA: History 103 with Professor Chan

Advisor: Shelly Chan

Office: 4268 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4068 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.263.1687
Office Hours: TBA



I am a student of modern Chinese history, and my research focuses on the intersections between diaspora and religion, through the lenses of transnational religious communities in the Sinophone world. I am particularly interested in how religious actors in the Chinese diaspora have participated in social justice movements in China.

My M.A. thesis explored the experiences of post-Tiananmen (1989) exiles in North America, their conversions to evangelical Christianity, and how religion gave exiles new channels of networks and access into the mainland.


M.A. University of British Columbia, History, 2018
B.A. New York University, History, 2016


  • East Asian History

M.A. Title

  • “Migration, Religious Conversion, and Transnational Activism: A Vancouver Chinese Church’s Quest to Change China”


  • Tina and Morris Wagner Foundation Fellowship (Fall 2017)
  • Basant Singh and Harnam Kaur Singh Fellowship (Fall 2017)
  • Confucius Institute Language Exam (Advanced, HSK Level 6)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 256 – History of Africa (Fall 2017) (UBC)
  • History 103 – World History since 1900 (Spring 2017) (UBC)
  • History 103 – World History since 1900 (Fall 2016) (UBC)