july, 2020

26jul4:00 pm6:00 pmQuarreling Cousins: China and Japan from Antiquity to 2022


Event Details

Where: Glam, 7/F, No.5 The Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, Shanghai
When: 4-6pm, Sunday, 26th July

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Did You Know?

That sushi is originally an import from China? That Sun Yat Sen’s name is Japanese? That the Chinese legend of Xu Fu (徐福) is also a foundation myth in Japan? That half of modern Chinese vocabulary comes from Japanese, and that the word kamikaze comes courtesy of a ‘Chinese’ navy? Given the millennia-long interaction between China and Japan, it should be no surprise that there are plenty of surprising aspects of the history and relationship, from the historical aspects above, to the similarities between the 1964 Tokyo Olympic and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the parallels between media coverage of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the 3-11 triple disaster in Japan nearly three years later. With entertaining stories and dozens of graphics (pictures and video) Quarrelling Cousins reviews these surprising aspects of the relationship between the two Asian powers, with an eye toward how the two might reduce the quarreling a bit!



Resident of Tokyo for all of the 1990s, and of Shanghai since 2001, John Darwin Van Fleet published his first book in 2015, Tales of Old Tokyo, a scrapbook tour of the city’s history from 1853 to 1964. His next project, Quarreling Cousins: China and Japan from Antiquity to 2022, is a multimedia enterprise (essays, podcasts, book). Various media in the region, including The Diplomat, The Asian Review of Books and the Royal Asiatic Society China Journal, have already published sections of it.

Serving since 2003 as adjunct faculty and Director, Corporate Globalization at the Antai College of Economic and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Van Fleet is extensively published on broader aspects of business, history and society in the East Asia region, with essays having appeared (in addition to the above) in Caixin, CGTN, Xinhua News (Chinese edition) and the China Economic Review.

In addition to an MBA, Van Fleet holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Southern California, where he minored in Japanese.


(Sunday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)