The Asian Discovery of China: How Modern India and the Middle East Came to Understand East Asia
Cohosted by RASBJ and Yale Center Beijing. This talk is part of the Yale University Press-Yale Center Beijing "Find Your Next Great Read" Series.
January 13, 2023 | Friday
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
January 14, 2023 | Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 am China Standard Time
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The language of the event will be English.
In the century from around 1840 to 1940, empire-based globalization caused an Asian communications revolution, as steamships connected ports from Istanbul to Shanghai and books began to be printed in Indian and Middle Eastern languages. As a consequence of these connections, many new books were written about China. But the search for inter-Asian understanding was difficult, challenged by barriers of geography, language, script, and cultural variations. Based on the new book, How Asia Found Herself: A Story of Intercultural Understanding, this talk focuses on the understanding and misunderstandings of China that emerged in this first age of modern globalization.
Professor & Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History, UCLA
Nile Green holds the Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History at UCLA. A former Guggenheim Fellow, his previous books include Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, which won the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and the Association for Asian Studies’ Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Book Award; The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London, a New York Times editors’ choice; and Global Islam: A Very Short Introduction. His latest book, How Asia Found Herself: A Story of Intercultural Understanding, is published by Yale University Press.