The Asian Discovery of China: How Modern India and the Middle East Came to Understand East Asia

Saturday, January 14, 2023

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.

Event Time

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.

The Event

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.

The Speaker


Nile Green
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.

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