Kwang-Ching Liu, UC Davis Professor and Friend of the Press, Dies

6193Kwang-Ching Liu, a true friend of UC Press, died of a heart attack on September 28, at the age of 84.

Liu held multiple roles at the press: He contributed a landmark essay to the highly regarded volume Education and Society in Late Imperial China, 1600-1900, as well as serving on the editorial committee.

Liu’s influence reaches far beyond the press, however. During his thirty-year career in the history department at University of California, Davis, Liu’s patience and deep love for scholarship was passed on to dozens of graduate advisees, and doubtless hundreds more undergraduate and graduate students who passed through his courses. Indeed, Liu helped make the study of Chinese history at Davis possible: throughout his tenure, he helped to develop the faculty and department of East Asian Studies at Davis into the powerhouse it is today.

Typing his name into an search brings up a what’s-what of scholarship on Chinese history. Most notably, he was a contributor to the often-lauded Cambridge History of China. And he lent his guidance, too, as the associate editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.

Born in Beijing in 1921, Liu retained strong links to China and Taiwan. One of his most notable accomplishments was securing money to reproduce the historical archives of the National Museum of Taiwan, a project that has opened up previously unavailable primary sources to students worldwide.

Kwang-Ching Liu will be missed; his influence will live on.