Bob Eng was educated at Haverford College and Pomona College, where he graduated with a B.A. in mathematics. He then earned an M.A. in Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Berkeley.
Bob has been teaching at the University of Redlands since 1980. Bob's research interests lie in the social, economic and demographic
history of modern China and Japan. His book, Economic Imperialism
in China: Silk Production and Exports, 1861-1932 (Berkeley 1986),
focuses on the impact of Western imperialism on the peasant society and
urban economy of China. His articles and book reviews have been
published in leading academic journals including American Historical
of Asian Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Late
Imperial China, Modern Asian Studies, Modern China,
and Pacific Affairs,
as well as in edited volumes published in Australia and the People's Republic
of China. The topics of his publications include
the population history of Qing China and Tokugawa Japan, labor movements
and women's collective action in 20th
century China, and business enterprise in Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton).
He has also contributed numerous articles to The Asian American Encyclopedia,
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, and Colonialism: An International
Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia.
Bob has been the recipient of several national fellowships and awards: the Mellon
Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in the Summer Seminar for
College Teachers Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, and
the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent
Scholars. He has been a research associate at the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian
Research at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies of
the University of California at Berkeley. He has also received an Outstanding Faculty
Research Award at the University of Redlands.
Bob teaches survey courses on world history,
East Asian civilizations and Asian-American history, intermediate and
advanced courses on modern
China, modern Japan, China since the Communist Revolution of 1949, and
the Pacific Rim, and seminars in comparative history on such subjects
as business and entrepreneurship and
peasant economies and revolutions. In his first year seminars and May Term courses, Bob has made use of classical and contemporary literature and cinema as windows on Chinese civilization past and present. He is interested in multidisciplinary approaches and the use of multimedia and Internet resources in the learning and teaching of history.
Bob is a member of the WWW Virtual Library consortium, and the Webmaster
and Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources,”
WWW Virtual Library,” and “A
Quick and Dirty Guide to Installing and Using East Asian Languages under
Since 2006, Bob has been serving a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork, a consortium of liberal arts colleges dedicated to the promotion of Asian Studies in the undergraduate curriculum. As chair of ASIANetwork's Publicity and Web Site Committee, he completely redesigned and is actively managing its Web site.
From the fall of 2007, Bob assumed the directorship of the University of Redlands Regional Center of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), a joint initiative of the East-West Center and the University of Hawai‘i. Member institutions of the ASDP Association of Regional Centers “work closely with ASDP in supporting Asian studies on their own and other campuses in their area.”