april, 2019

27apr4:00 amM Talks: Chinese Buddhas and Bostonian Brahmins


Event Details

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼

When: April 27 2019 – 4 pm

Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB

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More than a century ago, stone Buddhas in North China, including those at Longmen (Luoyang), became an object of fascination among elites in the United States, Europe and Japan. The stone Buddhascame to symbolize the urge to resume human connections long lost. As new precious commodities, they found their way onto the world markets, but also at the same time awakened imaginings of cultural bonds spanning continents. How did it happen? This talk introduces a circle of privileged Americans and Japanese, such as Ernest Fenollosa, Okakura Kakuzō, Charles Lang Freer, and Langdon Warner, who passionately promoted Chinese stone Buddhas as a form of art. Their seminal effort helped spawn transcultural connections and borrowings that still today stimulate reverence for a common global heritage.


Author Biography:

Dr. Dong WANG is director of the Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History, distinguished university professor of history at Shanghai University, and research associate at the Fairbank Center of Harvard University since 2002. A director of a 2014-15 U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities program, Dr. Wang currently serves on six international editorial boards in three contents. Books in English that she single-authored include China’s Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History (2005), Managing God’s Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), 1888-1952 (2007), and The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (2013). She edited “The United States, Asia, and the Pacific, 1815-1919,” which appeared in The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Guide: An Annotated Bibliography of American Foreign Relations since 1600 (2017).  Her new book manuscript in English focuses on UNESCO’s world heritage site, the Buddhist Longmen Grottoes, as a window on modern China and international relations. Her SSCI research article, “The pursuit of new citizenship by peri-urban residents in China: Status, rights, and individual choice,” was published by China Information in March 2019, and can be found at https://doi.org/10.1177/0920203X19835455


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No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)