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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Yee-Wah Foo

Born in London of Anglo-Chinese parentage, Yee Wah was educated at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park and Ecole Actif Bilingue in Paris. In 1981 she graduated with a BA in Pacific and Oriental Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and went on to pursue a varied career in business and textiles, based first in Canada and then in the UK. In 2002 Yee Wah completed her doctorate on Chinese-Soviet relations at Lincoln; she was supervised by Professor Hans van de Ven, Director of Oriental Studies, St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. Yee Wah started teaching at the University of Lincoln in 2002. She is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Department Responsibilities

I teach across a wide range of subject areas in the Politics and International Relations Department. I lecture on Modern China, Contemporary China, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Political Thought and Applied Research.

Subject Specialism

Modern Chinese History, Chinese-Soviet Relations,  Second World War Diplomacy; The Sino-Japanese War


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Honorary Member of the Museum of Chinese Modern History — The Museum of Chinese Modern History, Nanjing,


In July 2016 I presented a BBC Radio 4 Documentary entitled ‘Fu Bingchang’s Diaries’.  The programme was part of Radio 4’s special on ‘The Big Freeze’ - a Cold War history special.  I am an honorary member of the Nanjing Museum for the Site of Chinese Modern History (Zongtongfu) in Nanjing, China, and to this end I have supported, encouraged, and enabled a number of research initiatives. In May 2009, two separate exhibitions opened at the museum.  The first exhibition was a celebration of ‘Fu Bingchang as Photographer’, and the show is displayed on a semi-permanent basis in the museum’s foyer.  The second exhibition is a permanent one, and consists of a room dedicated to Fu Bingchang’s life and achievements.  It is situated in the newly refurbished building of the former Legislative Yuan, a building that Fu would have known well, as a long-time member of the Legislative Yuan. The museum is one of China’s most prestigious institutions, receiving over three million visitors each year. For more information, access:

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Research Interests

  • Chinese-Soviet Relations

  • Cold War History

  • Modern Chinese History

  • Second World War Diplomacy

  • Sino-Japanese War

Research Projects

  • Fu Bingchang’s Legacy — awarded £79000 by Chiang Chingkuo Foundation in 2016
  • Conference — awarded £1800 by University of Nanjing in 2011
  • Pre-entry guidance for politics students (with H Bochel), — awarded £14389 by FDTL in 2008

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Political Studies Association — Member