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Fresco Sam-Sin

Guest Researcher

Drs. F. Sam-Sin
+31 71 527 6296

I am a lecturer of Manchu language and culture at Leiden University, founder and project manager of Manchu studies platforms Manc.hu, Buleku.org and QingMaps.org. Editor in chief of DEBTELIN. Research associate at the Research Centre for Material Culture. Active in innovative language pedagogy design. I was educated at Leiden University and in Peking (BLCU, Minzu University). I hold an MA in Sinology (2008; Leiden), taught Chinese at Leiden University and Dutch highschools. Was the first teacher educator for Madarin at Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON) Currently writing a PhD thesis in my spare time; on where Manchu material culture meets text.

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Current activities

(January 2020 - Present) Project managment of the “Manchu Reunited” world map. Digital mapping and reuniting of Manchu collections outside China and Taiwan. Funded by LUCD. This project is part of the International Manchu Project (SOAS/Manc.hu).

(Spring 2014 - present) Teaching Manchu at all levels in the department of Chinese studies and Korea studies. Supervisor of Manchu studies related BA and MA theses.

(Summer 2014 - present) With Léon Rodenburg. Owner and curator of online Manchu research & learning platform www.manc.hu. Partner in “International Manchu Project” at SOAS. Received funding from Ecole, LLRC, and SOAS.

(Spring 2016 - present) Chief editor of DEBTELIN. Journal with essays on, and translation from Manchu literature.

(Winter 2017 - present) Research associate at the Center for Material Culture, connected to Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.

(October 2017 - Present) Curator and Project management of Buleku.org. An online lexicopedia for Manchu Language and Culture, funded by Leiden University FGW , Georgetown University Qatar, LLRC, and the Manchu Foundation. In collaboration with Hebei Normal University for Nationalities.

(Summer 2017 - Present) Curator and Project management of DH initiative QingMaps.org, funded by Macao University, Leiden FGW, and the Manchu Foundation. In this context Cams and I assembled the Kangxi Atlas for the exhibition Mapping Asia at Museum Volkenkunde.

(Summer 2019 - present) Project manager of educational project “DH Stepping Stones” where staff and students design pedagogies for course-related HR-images, leading the way to deeper DH analysis. To be implemented in multiple FGW courses. Funded by Leiden University FGW.


(Blog) “Tsar and Khan in black and white: Treaties between Russia and China (1689-1881)” (30.10.2019) on Leiden Special Collection blog.

(Popular) Mantsjoes toen en nu in gedichten en gebeden. MF Publishing 2018.

(Scholarly) “Cartographic Accuracy and the Myth of Manchu Origins on the 1719 Overview Maps of the Imperial Territories” in Mapping Asia: Cartographic Encounters Between East and West. Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York: Springer-Verlag 2019.

(Review Articles) “Reviewing Werner Burger’s Lifework: Ch’ing Cash”. In Journal of Oriental Numismatics 229. Translated and published as 钱编年谱评介 in 中国钱币 2018(2), pp. 76-80.

(Scholarly) 北京话调查漫谈. In 远新(编). 语言学田野调查. 2009. 北京:中央民族大学出版社, pp. 23-54.

(Literary journal) Ed. with Pieter van den Broek. DEBTELIN: Journal for Manchu in Translation. April 2016 - present. Debtelin 1 Onderweg (2016), Debtelin 2: Manchu Archery (February 2018)

(Translations) e.g.: “Archery Manual” with Juul Eijk and “Verses for Heroes” in DEBTELIN 2. "Ik soldaat" (beye i cooha bade yabuha babe ejehe bithe) in Debtelin, April 2016 | With Daniella van der Helm. Aola Changxing & Fumingga "Weerzien aan de grens" in Debtelin. April 2016 | “The Eating Crab jongenliedentekst” (Katuri jetere 子弟) in Trage Vuur. December 2008.

(Textbooks) Co-author of Maghiel van Crevel (editor) Ans van Broekhuizen-De Rooij, Inez Kretzschmar and Fresco Sam-Sin  Chinees in tien verdiepingen: Mandarijn voor het Voortgezet Onderwijs [Chinese in Ten Storeys: High School Mandarin], Vols 1 and 2, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008-2009.

Recent Activities

(Spring 2017 - Winter 2018) With Hilde de Weerdt. Project management of the Manchu sources in project “CANAME”, developing the theme of digital Asia to investigate the processes of “mutual shaping” between Asian societies and digital technologies and the ways the digital enables new understandings of Asian languages, cultures and societies.

(08.11.2019) With LUL and Manchu Foundation. “Letters, Books and the Bloody Arrows:” Manchu Studies Day.
(28.06.2018) With the Manchu Foundation “TSEAD, JO en de MANTSJOES” in Theater Perdu. Evening on poetry, prayers and fonts.

(Spring 2016 - Winter 2018) Project management "Digi-taalkit" (2016-2019). Project within ECOLe, within DGW-Taskforce Languages. Implementing new languages and functionality within the framework of Manc.hu, with Léon Rodenburg. First additional language online: hittitetexts.com

(Winter 2015 - Summer 2017) Ambassador Blended Learning at ECOLe. Peer presentations on: collaborative online translation, online visualizations, collaborative planning, making knowledge clips etc.

(07.05.2015) Organiser “Leiden and the Manchus”. Symposium at UBL, East Asian Library, Leiden University. Speakers: Dr. Jo de Baerdemaeker, Peter Dekker, Fresco Sam-Sin.
(20.06.2015) With Helen Wang. Co-organiser “Manchu Money”. Symposium at British Museum.

Presented Papers

“Crippling the Cosmic Horse: Material Strategies of a Khan” (08.11.2019)  Letters, Books and the Bloody Arrows, Manchu Studies Day.

“Sinification by Decreativization : Revisiting the First Two Manchu Coins.” (30.08.2019) At UvA Conference China Is Creative! – Rethinking Creativity in a Globalized China.

“Brailliant Pedagogies: Sinitic Braille and Its Value to the CFL classroom” (20.05.2019) Leiden University Symposium New Perspectives on Chinese Writing.

“From clan to empire: the Manchu shaman’s changing toolkit.” (16.06.2018) At French Association for Chinese Studies (AFEC) Chinese Objects and their Lives.

“Coins as primary evidence: the European Manchu coins of 1866” (19.12.2017) At Ming-Qing conference of Academia Sinica.

“Limits of Imperial Control: Visualizing Borders on a Kangxi-era Atlas” (16.09.2017, Paper At Mapping Asia conference. With Mario Cams.

“Context without Objects-The Role of Money in Manchu Rituals” (26.08.2016) At EACS in St.Petersburg.

“Aisin Rule Qingicized- The Case of Coins” (26.08.2016) At EACS in St. Petersburg

Other Talks

“Aardige taal van Peking” (14.11.2019) SVS streektallenserie, Leiden University
“Muntjes, muren en Mantsjoes” (4.4.2019) SVS ouderdag, Leiden University.

“Zang niet snor en snaren for fun in Mantsjoe Peking” (22.07.2019) Leiden University, Chinastudies and SVS, Prof. Dr. Stefan Landsberger reaching emeritus status.
“Mantsjoes toen en nu in gedichten en gebeden” (20.04.2018) For Stichting Perdu. Repeated at Maranathakerk and Museum Volkenkunde.

“Spiegeltje, spiegeltje” ( 07.05.2015) at symposium Leiden and the Manchus.

“Chinese cultuur is geen ding en hoe het onderwijs daarmee om kan gaan” (28.09.2018) Nuffic conferentie. Thema: Chinese cultuur als examenonderdeel.

“The Pedagogy of Undersharing” (22.11.2019) Onderwijsparade, Leiden University FGW.

Self-help for sinologues: Stop decreativity now!” (06.10.2019) Rombouts-Shilin conference.

“Chinese Culture in Things: a WebQuest for the CFL classroom” (28.09.2018) Nuffic conferentie. Thema: Chinese cultuur als examenonderdeel.

“History and practicing the Manchu script” (13.04.2019) Leiden University, T.W.I.S.T.

“Looking for a place to bathe: missed opportunities of anchoring Manchu origins in Kangxi's Overview Maps of the Imperial Territories” (13.11.2017) Manchu Foundation.

“Van Wild tot Mak: metamorfoses in Manchu Sjamanisme” (24.03.2017) Filosofie & spiritualiteit, Leiden University.

“Pivots in Early Manchu History” (4.11.2016) Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

“Khans, Coins and Calques” (03.06.2016) Coins, languages and cultures of the Steppes symposium, Ashmolean Museum.

“Materialising Manchus” (02.06.2016) SOAS history seminar.

“The Philology of Manchu Money” (18.03.2016) East Asian Money workshop, British Museum.

“Manchu Money Identities” (20.06.2015) symposium on Manchu Money, British Museum.

Recent Grants

(2017) CCK Foundation Library Travel Grant 2017
(2017) The Nicholas Lowick Memorial Fund for the promotion of Oriental Numismatic Research

Guest Researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL diversen

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 1.35


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