“In Search of Modernity: Chinese Visiting Europe, 1870 to 1940”, an RASBJ Zoom talk by Ines von Racknitz, followed by Q&A Moderated by Katrin Buchholz
“In Search of Modernity: Chinese visiting Europe, 1870 to 1940”, an RASBJ Zoom talk by Ines von Racknitz, followed by Q&A. Moderated by Katrin Buchholz.
Mar. 17, 2021. Wednesday 7:00-8.00 PM Beijing Standard Time.
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Around the turn of the 1900’s, Chinese students, reformers and revolutionaries, artists, scientists and writers discovered Europe for themselves, in search of their own and their country’s identity. They toured various European countries — Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, France, — settling there temporarily to study, work, write, or even to pass time in exile, as Zhou Enlai did. In Europe, the travellers from China were met with a mixed welcome: open, racist rejection on the one hand, but also an interest in them as descendants of an ancient foreign culture and representatives of a huge new nation and an economic market on the other. Their experiences of life in Europe often continued to have an impact long after their return to China – and the legacy of their European experiences varied greatly from the lessons Chinese travellers drew from comparable visits to the US or Japan.
Following up on our online talk given by Frances Wood about Chinese living in the UK during 1950s, this RASBJ conversation with an outstanding expert in this field, Ines Eben v. Racknitz, will take a look at the varied experiences of Chinese travellers especially in France and Germany before the Second World War.
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Ines Eben v. Racknitz studied sinology, comparative literature and religious studies in Germany, the US and at Renmin university in Beijing and currently works as an Associate professor of Chinese history at Nanjing university. She has written a book on the China expedition of 1860, and the looting and burning of the Yuanmingyuan; her current research is in the cultural history of Qing China, cartography and all things Manchu.
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