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Kingdom of Characters: Jing Tsu discusses her book with David Moser

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Co-hosted by RASBJ and Yale Center Beijing. This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

May 18, 2022 | Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
May 18 2022 | Wednesday
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

China today, after a meteoric rise, is one of the world's most powerful nations. Just a century ago, it was a crumbling empire with literacy reserved for the elite few, as the rest of the world underwent a massive technological transformation that threatened to leave them behind. In Kingdom of Characters, the author Jing Tsu, John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Yale, argues that China's most daunting challenge was linguistic: the century-long fight to make the formidable Chinese language accessible to the modern world of global trade and digital technology. With larger-than-life characters and an unexpected perspective on the major events of China's tumultuous twentieth century, Jing Tsu reveals how language is both a technology to be perfected and a subtle, yet potent, power to be exercised and expanded. On May 18, Jing Tsu will discuss her book with David Moser, Associate Professor at Beijing Capital Normal University.


David Moser
Associate Professor, Beijing Capital Normal University

David Moser holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, with a major in Chinese Linguistics and Philosophy. He has been visiting professor at several Beijing universities, and was Associate Dean of the Yenching Academy at Peking University from 2017-2019. He is currently Associate Professor at Beijing Capital Normal University. Moser is author of A Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language, published by Penguin.


Jing Tsu
John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures ande
Comparative Literature, Yale University
Advisory Committee Member, Yale Center Beijing

Jing Tsu is the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Yale. She specializes in Chinese literature, history, culture, science and technology, and politics. She is a Senior Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and an affiliate faculty member at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and Yale Law School. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has held fellowships and distinctions from Harvard, Stanford and Princeton.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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