• Ph.D. Candidate, History and East Asian Languages
  • https://ealc.fas.harvard.edu/people/david-porter

Years of Affiliation: 2016-2018

David Porter is completing his dissertation “Ethnic and Status Identity in Qing China: the Hanjun Eight Banners.” His research examines the interplay between ethnic and status identity in late imperial China, focusing on the Hanjun, the Han component of the Qing Empire’s core military and social welfare system, the Eight Banners.

Research Interests: Qing History, Manchuria, Chinese Military History

From our Blog: 

opens in a new windowDmitri and Yakov Escape from Guangzhou
David Porter asks how two Russian men ended up in a Qing banner garrison in Guangdong in 1778, and their daring escape plan to return to Russia.

opens in a new windowZhao Quan Adds a Salary: Losing Banner Status in Qing Dynasty Guangzhou
David Porter describes Zhao Quan’s unsuccessful attempts to earn money from banner status in the Qing Dynasty.


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