Yuan Quan obtained her PhD degree in Archaeology at Peking University, and works as a research fellow in the Centre for the Study of Chinese Archaeology, Beijing. Her research is organized around wide-ranging aspects of social religion and visual arts in medieval and late imperial China. At the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, she worked on the transformation of the Buddhist goddess Hāritī in East and Southeast Asia as well as the ceramic cargo from the Tang shipwreck excavated in Belitung, Indonesia.
Zhang Xing is a PhD candidate at Peking University, China, and Martin Luther University, Germany. Her research focuses on Bengali literature and culture as well as the Chinese community in Kolkata. She has studied in Bangladesh and has done extensive fieldwork in Kolkata, India. Her dissertation examines the issues of the preservation of identity and cultural assimilation of the Kolkata Chinese. She has co-edited a special issue of the journal Overseas Chinese History Studies (Huaqiao Huaren lishi yanjiu) devoted to the Chinese community in India and written several articles and conference papers on the Kolkata Chinese. At the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, she will be working on the Chinese community in India as well as on Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to China in 1924 and his impact on Chinese literature.