Anne S. Chao
Ever since I completed my dissertation on the life of the founder of the Chinese Communist Party, Chen Duxiu, I have been experimenting with computational methods to explore different facets of his life. At first I used network visualization to describe Chen’s social networks, as a way to plot the influences that his comrades and friends potentially exerted on him. Currently I am using textual analysis and network visualization methods to detect the transformation of his thoughts on concepts such as patriotism and democracy. I am also the project manager of the Houston Asian American Archive, which collects the stories and the memorabilia of Asian immigrants to greater Houston. A third digital project that I am collaborating with a colleague in China is the creation of a biographical database for the historical figures of late Qing, early Republic China, called Late Qing Early Republic Biographical Database (LQERBDB). I am an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Humanities, a lecturer in the history department and the manager of the Asian American Archive at Rice University.