(The end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1945 brought not peac...)
The end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1945 brought not peace but renewed confrontation between Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party and Chiang Kaishek's Guomindang. The ensuing Civil War, at the threshold of the Cold War, held enormous significance for international strategic alliances, and in particular the interests of the United States in East Asia, and has been the subject of intense research and debate ever since. Joseph Yick's Making Urban Revolution in China: The CCP-GMD Struggle for Beiping-Tianjin, 1945-1949, based partly on the rich new sources available in the PRC since 1978, rethinks the traditional interpretations of the Chinese Communist Party's victory in 1949 and makes a major contribution to the historiography of this period.
Joseph K. S. Yick attended Belmont College from 1973 to 1974.
He received Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. At the University of California at Santa Barbara he obtained a Master of Arts degree in 1978, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree ten years later.
Yick began his career in 1979, becoming a lecturer in history at Hong Kong Baptist College (now Hong Kong Baptist University), he remained there until 1983. Simultaneously he was a center supervisor, history marker at Hong Kong Government Examinations Authority (now Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority).
A year later he started to hold two working positions – as an instructor of history at Santa Barbara City College and a visiting lecturer at University of California. He worked at the first post till 1987.
From 1985 to 1987 Yick served as a consultant at Santa Barbara City College. Just a year later he moved to Auburn University at Montgomery to become an assistant professor of history, and remained there till 1989. That same year he was appointed to the post of an assistant professor at Southwest Texas State University. In 1991 and 1996 Yick was an associate in research at John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University. In addition, he worked as an associate professor of history at Southwest Texas State University in 1995.
A naturalized citizen of the United States since 1993, Yick has served on many academic committees at Auburn University and Southwest Texas State University. He has given lectures and/or papers on Asian history in Hong Kong, Mexico City, and in many locations in the United States. Yick has penned articles for academic journals, contributed chapters to books, and is the author of his own volume about China’s route to communism. Making Urban Revolution in China: The CCP-GMD Struggle for Beiping-Tianjin, 1945-1949.
Unlike most other works about the Chinese Revolution, which emphasize the rural nature of many of the political and fighting movements that were a part of the struggle, Making Urban Revolution in China—as its title indicates—focuses on revolutionary events that took place within the cities, especially Beijing and Tianjin. Reviewers of Making Urban Revolution in China have noted and appreciated this difference.
Yick also reviews the underground activities of the urban communist groups, which had methods of recruitment, communication and training.
He also served as a president of the Southwest Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, and as an editor of the Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies.
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Yick is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Iota Rho, the American Association for Chinese Studies, the American Historical Association and the Association for Asian Studies.
Yick married Hideko Ishida in 1978.