Chin in the Popular Imagination: Images of China in North India at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

A public lectures organised in the context of the Global Asia Scholars Series (GLASS).

Drinks afterwards. Registration required.

Speaker: Professor Anand Yang of the University of Washington, USA.

What did people in colonial north India make of China at the turn of the twentieth century? What were their responses to the Boxer Uprising and the ensuing clash between China and the foreign powers that the British in India and at home characterized as a war to safeguard a morally superior and modern Western civilization from the throes of barbarism and superstition? What were their reactions to the occupation of China by foreign powers that threatened to result in that country’s colonization and division by the Western nations? This lecture will highlight the overwhelmingly favorable and sympathetic impressions that China left on the minds of many Indians at the turn of the twentieth century and explore the sources and reasons underlying such responses.

Professor Anand Yang is a GLASS visiting scholar at Leiden University. Preceding this public lecture, he will be begin his visit on 6 december with an interfaculty roundtable, titled Transregional Asia: Methods and Challenges. Information: GLASS Roundtable | Transregional Asia: Methods and Challenges.

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The Global Asia Scholar Series is a joint initative of the 'Global Interactions' and 'Asian Modernities and Traditions' research profiles of Leiden University.
This public lecture is jointly hosted by LGI, AMT and the International Institute for Area Studes (IIAS).