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Wenxian Zhang, PhD

Professor | Head of Archives & Special Collections

Wenxian Zhang
Wenxian Zhang is Professor and Head of Archives & Special Collections at Olin Library, and liaison librarian to the Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science Programs. 
 
A member of the Rollins faculty since 1995, he is a recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Service Award, and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins. He has also won the Patrick D. Smith Award for his academic work with Dr. Maurice O’Sullivan on A Trip to Florida for Health and Sport (FHS Press), the Community Service Award from the Orlando Chinese Professional Association, and the Award of Excellence from the Society of Florida Archivists. 
 
In addition to articles on library information studies, historical research, and Chinese business management, his recent book publications include The Biographical Dictionary of New Chinese Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders (Edward Elgar, 2009), A Guide to the Top 100 Companies in China (World Scientific, 2010), The Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China: The Chinese Returnees Who Have Shaped Modern China (Emerald, 2011), A Winter in Sunshine (Shanghai University Press, 2012), China Visualized by Americans 1840-1911 (Peking University Press, 2017), China Through American Eyes: Early Depictions of the Chinese People and Culture in the US Print Media (World Scientific, 2018), and China's Belt & Road Initiative: Changing the Rule of Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).   

T. 407.646.2231
wzhang@rollins.edu

Professor/Head of Archives & Special Collections | Olin Library, Rollins College
2008 - present

Associate Professor | Olin Library, Rollins College
2001 - 2008

Associate Professor/Head of Public Services | Olin Library, Rollins College
June 1995 - May 2001

Library Director | Ansonia Library, Ansonia, Connecticut
April 1991 - May 1995

Reference Librarian | Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State Univ. New Britain, CT
May 1993 - May 1995

Graduate Assistant | Library & Instructional Technology Center, Information & Library Science Department, School of Education, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut 
September 1988 - December 1989

Acting Director | Yellow River University Library, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, P. R. China
1987 - 1988

Librarian | Yellow River University Library, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, P. R. China
1985 - 1986

Monographs

China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Changing the Rules of Globalization, edited by Wenxian Zhang, Ilan Alon and Christoph Lattemann, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 358 pages. 

China Through American Eyes: Early Depictions of the Chinese People and Culture in the US Print Media, World Scientific Publishing, 2018, 504 pages.

《美国画报上的中国:1840-1911》, 北京大学出版社 (China Visualized by Americans1840-1911, Peking University Press), 2017, 458 pages.

《阳光灿烂的冬季》,  (A Winter in the Sunshine, with Maurice O’Sullivan and Yiqi Yu, Shanghai University Press), 2012, 336 pages.

Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China: Chinese Returnees Who Have Shaped Modern China, with Henry Wang and Ilan Alon, Emerald Group Publishing, 2011, 272 pages.

A Guide to the Top 100 Companies in China, with Ilan Alon, World Scientific Publishing, 2010, 313 pages.

Biographical Dictionary of New Chinese Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, with Ilan Alon, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009, 269 pages.

A Trip to Florida for Health and Sport: The Lost 1855 Novel of Cyrus Parkhurst Condit, with Maurice O’Sullivan, Florida Historical Society Press, 2009, 149 pages.

Rollins Architecture: A Pictorial Profile of Current and Historical Buildings, with Eneid Bano and Charles Stevens, Rollins College, 2009, 151 pages.

Walk of Fame: A Rollins Legacy. Olin Library, Rollins College, 2004, 132 pages. 

Selected Research Articles

 “Race and Sport in the Florida Sun: The Rollins/Ohio Wesleyan Football Game of 1947,” with Raja Rahim and Julian Chambliss, Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture 56:2 (Winter 2019), 59-81.

Standing Up Against Racial Discrimination: Progressive Americans and the Chinese Exclusion Act in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Phylon:  The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture 56:1 (Summer 2019), 8-32.

“Chinese in Florida: History, Struggles and Contributions to the Sunshine State,” in Far East and Down South: Asians in the American South, edited by Raymond Mohl, John Van Sant & Chizuru Saeki, University of Alabama Press, 2016, pp. 108-131.

“Returnees as Political Elites: A Growing Social Force in China,” in Entrepreneur and Talent Management from a Global Perspective: Chinese Returnees, edited by Huiyao Wang and Yipeng Liu, Edward Elgar, 2016, 33-51.

“Chinese State-Owned Enterprises Go Global,” with Ilan Alon, Hua Wang and Jun Shen, Journal of Business Strategy, 35:6 (November 2014): 3-18.

 “Internationalization of Chinese Entrepreneurial Firms,” with Ilan Alon, Orly Yeheskel and Miri Lerner, Thunderbird International Business Review, 55:5 (September/October 2013): 495-512.

“Reaping the Benefits of Brain Circulation: The Impact of the Overseas Study and the Returnees on the Development of the Management Education in China,” in Innovation in Business Education in Emerging Countries, edited by Ilan Alon, Victoria Jones and John McIntyre, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 208-221.

“The Case of Florida Splendid China,” in Chinese International Investments, edited by Ilan Alon, Marc Fatcherin and Philippe Gugler, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 329-354.

“Comparing Domestic and Returnee Female Entrepreneurs in China: Is There an Internationalization Effect?” with Ilan Alon, Everlyne Misati and Tonia Warnecke, International Journal of Business & Globalisation, 6(3/4), 329-349, 2011.

“An Exploratory Case Study of High-Profile Female Entrepreneurs in the Chinese Economic Reform,” with Ilan Alon, International Journal of Current Chinese Studies, No. 1 (2010), 27-44.

“Tao of Downfall: The Failures of High-Profile Entrepreneurs in the Chinese Economic Reform” with Ilan Alon, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 11:2 (2010), 121-134.

“A Preliminary Study on the Factors that Contributed to the Downfall of High-Profile Entrepreneurs during the Chinese Economic Reform,” with Ilan Alon in Thirty Years of China’s Economic Reform: Institutions, Management Organizations and Foreign Investment, edited by Yue Wang and Prem Ramburuth, Nova Science Publishers, 2010, 3-16.

“The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs in China”, with Ilan Alon in Thirty Years of China’s Economic Reform: Institutions, Management Organizations and Foreign Investment, edited by Yue Wang and Prem Ramburuth, Nova Science Publishers, 2010, 139-152.

“Doing Business in Asia,” with Ilan Alon and Robert Moore in Handbook of Research on Asian Entrepreneurship, edited by Léo-Paul Dana, Mary Han and Isabell M. Welpe, Edward Elgar, 2009, 387-411.

Yellow Register Archives of Imperial Ming China.” Libraries and the Cultural Record, 43:2 (2008), 148-175.

 “Is There a Role for the Library in a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program?” College & Undergraduate Libraries, 15:3 (2008), 341-356.

“Documenting Liberal Arts Education from a Faculty’s Perspective: Rollins College Oral History Archive,” with Corey Schreck and Lily Velez, College & Undergraduate Libraries, 14:2 (June 2007), 25-38.

“A Splendid Idea Turned Sour in Florida: The Rise and Fall of the Florida Splendid China,” Florida Historical Quarterly, 84:3 (Winter 2006): 411-442.

“Florida’s Splendid China,” Orlando Magazine (December 2006):161-165.

“Building a Qualified Team of Management Consultants: The Professional Training and Certification of Management Consultants in China,” with Yenming Zhang in Business and Management Education in China: Transition, Pedagogy and Training, edited by Ilan Alon & John McIntyre, World Scientific Publishing, 2005, 271-297.

“Development and Structure of the Chinese Thesaurus for Subject Indexing,” International Library and Information Review 36 (2004): 47-54.

“Dangan: A Brief History of the Chinese Imperial Archives and Its Administration.” Journal of Archival Organization, 2:1/2 (2004): 17-38.

“Tabula Rasa: Helping Students Confront the Dreaded Research Paper,” with Barry Levis, in Fiat Lux: Teaching in Paradise, edited by Maurice J. O’Sullivan, Winter Park: Angel Alley Press, 2004, 151-155.

“Developing Web-Enhanced Learning for Information Fluency: A Liberal Arts College’s Perspective.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 41:4 (Summer 2002): 50-57.

 “Building Partnership in Liberal Arts Education: Library Team Teaching at Rollins College,” RSRReference Services Review 29:2 (2001): 141-149.

 “Fire and Blood: Censorship of Books in China.” International Library Review 22 (1990): 61-72.

Credited Courses Taught at Rollins

  • HIS212: Zhong Guo: Journey to the Middle Kingdom (with Yusheng Yao).
  • HIS212F: China Field Study  (with Yusheng Yao).
  • HLR101: Library Research: America and England in the Eighteen Century (with Barry Levis).
  • IFT101: Introduction to Information Fluency: Information Research, Evaluation and Communication
  • IFT106: Using Web for Research.
  • ANT205: Chinese Calligraphy and Culture (with Robert Moore).

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Society of American Archivists
  • Society of Florida Archivists
  • Board of Directors, Chinese Globalization Association
  • Chinese American Librarians Association, life member
  • Editorial Board, Chinese Librarianship: An International Electronic Journal

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Zhang co-publishes article on 1947 Rollins football game

Wenxian Zhang, head of archives and special collections at Olin Library, recently published a journal article entitled “Race and Sport in the Florida Sun: The Rollins/Ohio Wesleyan Football Game of 1947,” which appeared in the winter 2019 issue of Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture.
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Zhang honored with community service award

Wenxian Zhang, head of archives and special collections at Olin Library, was honored during a lunar new year celebration gala organized by the local Asian American community in Orlando.
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Zhang publishes journal article on racial discrimination

Wenxian Zhang, professor and head of archives and special collections at Olin Library, recently published a scholarly article, “Standing Up Against Racial Discrimination: Progressive Americans and the Chinese Exclusion Act in the Late Nineteenth Century,” in the summer 2019 issue of Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture.
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Zhang publishes new book, China Through American Eyes

Wenxian Zhang, interim library director and head of archives, has recently published a new book entitled China Through American Eyes with World Scientific Publishing. 
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Zhang, Kodzi, and Lairson publish China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Wenxian Zhang, CLA professor at Olin Library, recently published a new book entitled China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Changing the Rules of Globalization with Palgrave Macmillan.
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Zhang and Kodzi present at the 12th China Goes Global academic conference

Wenxian Zhang, professor and head of archives and special collections at Olin Library, recently helped organize the 12th China Goes Global Conference, which was held at the East China Normal University on June 18-20. The first China Goes Global Conference was held at Rollins in 2006, and next year’s conference will return to Winter Park.
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