Dr J.J. Zhang 張家傑
J.J. Zhang obtained his PhD in the field of cultural geography from the University of Durham, UK. Before going to Durham, he completed his M.Soc.Sci in Geography (2009) at the National University of Singapore. He also holds a B.Soc.Sci. (First Class Honours) in Geography (2007) from the same university. His research interests lie in the intersection of cultural geography, landscape governance, tourism and geopolitics. Issues pertaining to the cultural-geo-political dimensions of a tourism landscape as they unfold at the 'lived' and 'everyday' levels are what stimulate his inquisitive mind.
Born and raised in Singapore, he is the third generation of Kinmenese immigrants on the island state. His grandparents settled in Singapore, from the island of Kinmen (Quemoy), Taiwan. J.J's ancestry has drawn him back to Kinmen several times. Since being introduced to Kinmen's battlefield heritage, he has been inspired by its rich legacy, and has since based his research on the island's battlefield tourism landscape. Interest in this former Cold War frontier and its people has contributed significantly to his continual inquiry into the implications of cross-border tourism for China-Taiwan relations in the wider geopolitical context. His work on the material cultures of memory and identity seeks to go well beyond the usual state led initiatives to look at how commercial culture is shaping and responding to memories and cross-strait movements.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2009-04-01||1st Prize, Graduate Student Paper Competition (Best paper overall): Association of American Geographers (AAG); Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group||Research Achievement|
|2009-09-01||Durham Doctoral Fellowship (Full scholarship awarded under the University’s fast-track initiative): Durham University, UK||Research Achievement|
|2012-04-01||Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov Student Paper Award (Best paper in the PhD category): Association of American Geographers (AAG); Cultural Geography Specialty Group||Research Achievement|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|English, Minnanhua, Putonghua||英語、閩南話、普通話|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
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