Tai Wei Lim

Associate Professor Lim Tai Wei

Associate Professor

Centre for University Core

Tel: +65 6248 1612

Email: 4oCLdHdsaW1Ac3Vzcy5lZHUuc2c=

Educational Qualifications

  • 2002 - 2007

    MA and PhD (History), Cornell University

  • 2000 - 2001

    MA (Japanese studies), National University of Singapore

  • 1995 - 1999

    BA (First class Honours, Japanese studies), National University of Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2019 - Present

    Associate Professor, Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • 2015 - Present

    Adjunct Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, East Asian Institute

  • 2015 - 2019

    Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • 2010 - 2014

    Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Japanese Studies

  • 2009 - Present

    Commissioning Editor, World Scientific Publishing Company

  • 2008 - 2009

    Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, East Asian Institute

  • 2007 - 2008

    Assistant Professor, Georgian Court University, USA

Journal Articles:

Lim, Tai Wei. “Interpretations of Japanese Modernity: A Case Study of Japan’s Energy Transition in the Ceramics Industry.” Journal of Asian History 47, no. 1 (2013): 105-118. (Germany: Harrassowitz).

Lim, Tai Wei “Energy Fuels in Making Sometsuke 染付: Fieldwork Investigation of the Evolutionary History of Arita Porcelain Wares’ Kiln-firing Process and the Role of Its Products in the Region” dated 10 June 2013 in Sino-Japanese Studies Vol. 20 (Canada-based: Sino-Japanese Studies), 2013 [also available online at http://chinajapan.org/articles/index.php/sjs/article/view/33]

Lim, Tai Wei, “Multilateralism and Dependency Theory A Discussion of George Klay Kieh Jr’s Ideas, Small States and Coal Resource Management” in African and Asian Studies 13 (Leiden: Brill), 2014, pp. 80- 99

Lim, Tai Wei, “Re-Centering Trade Periphery through Fired Clay: A Historiography of the Global Mapping of Japanese Trade Ceramics in the Premodern Global Trading Space” dated 2011 Vol. 18 Art 3 in SinoJapanese Studies (Online: Chinajapan.org), 2011, pp. 43-63.

Lim, Tai Wei, Perceptions and Misperceptions in Narratives of Energy Use in Post-311 Japan and Implications for China, Journal of Comparative Asian Development, 12:3, (NY and London: Routledge), 2013, pp. 516-554.

Lim, Tai Wei, “Kyudai’s Hakozaki campus: contextualizing the profile of a thriving green campus town within environmental historical studies” in History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes (London and New York: Taylor and Francis Routledge)

Lim, Tai Wei. “Teaching Sino-Japanese Energy Issues: A Case Study of Area Studies Survey Courses Contextualized Against Northeast Asian and Global Energy Relations.” Journal of Chinese Political Science 17, no. 4 (September 2012): 401-420. (New York: Springer).

Lim, Tai Wei. “Coal Utilization in India and Japan: A Narrative-Analysis.” South Asian Journal of Global Business Research 2, no. 1 (January 2013), (UK: Emerald).

Lim, Tai Wei, “Spirited Away: Conceptualizing a Film-based Case Study through Comparative Narratives of Japanese Ecological and Environmental Discourses.” Animation: an interdisciplinary journal Volume 8 Issue 2 July 2013 (London: Sage), 2013.

Lim, Tai Wei, “The Aesthetics of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” in the First Ten Days: A Historical Anatomy of the First Phase (27 Oct 2014 to 6 October 2014) of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution” dated 19 December 2014 in East Asia An International Quarterly Vol. 31 No. 4 (Germany/International: Springer), 2014


Lim Tai Wei, Fired Clay in Four Porcelain Clusters. Maryland, USA: University Press of America (Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield), 2014.

Book Chapter :

Lim, Tai Wei. “Oil for the Center from the Margins.” In China on the Margins, edited by Sherman Cochran and Paul G. Pickowicz, 117-134. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2010. (Refereed)

2014 - Present
International Zheng He Society member

2010 - 2014
Association of Asian Studies (AAS) member

2009 - Present
Commissioning Editor, World Scientific Publishing Company

2009 - 2010
Marketing Manager and Commissioning Editor, World Scientific Publishing Company

2014 - 2015
Lecturer, Waseda University Summer Program (and Quarterly course in 2014)

2011 - 2012
Lecturer, Kyushu University, ATW Summer Program (2011-2012)

Lim is a historian by training and also an area study specialist (on contemporary China and Japan).

  • Subject areas: World history, Energy and environment histories, (North) East Asian history, East Asian studies (Japan and China), Japanese studies, contemporary China studies
  • Teaching portfolio: In UniSIM, his teaching interests include World History. He has taught East Asian history and Japanese studies-related courses in the university environment.
  • Academic research portfolio: his academic research interests include the theme of energy in World History, energy and environmental histories of contemporary (1945 - present day) Japan and China. He has been working on hydrocarbon fuels, including coal and oil energy histories.
  • Policy research portfolio: his policy research interests include contemporary developments in Japan, Hong Kong and China.
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