Order of Multitudes

Yi Lu

Yi Lu is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Harvard University. A historian of modern China, he is interested in the history of information management and political communication. His dissertation, “The Dustbin of History: Archival Politics in Modern China,” offers a social biography of Chinese archives. Tracing how a gray market of used papers in China transformed state secrets into street collectibles and scholarly resources, it shows the Chinese Communist Party to be a leaky and fragmented organization and re-examines its bureaucratic governance as a material practice. At Yale, he will build a metadata archive of Chinese archives and begin a new book project on social networks in socialist China.