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Doing Business with Your Fellow Buddhists: The Credit System underlying Sino-Japanese Trade, 1100-1270

12:30 | Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

English

Yiwen Li

Yiwen Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong

By reinterpreting a set of correspondence between Chinese monks and Japanese monks, Yiwen Li of City University of Hong Kong will present her study which investigates the uses of credit in a lumber transaction between the prestigious Jingshan monastery in Hangzhou, China, and a newly established monastery in Hakata, Japan. Comparing this transaction with those of individual merchants and other less-privileged monasteries using credit in overseas trade, her study shows that monasteries could transfer the religious and political resources they possessed into commercial assets to get easy access to credit in long-distance trade and cut down transaction costs. During an era when the credit system had not taken shape, monasteries actively cooperated with merchants and took advantage of their religious networks to participate in overseas trade.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

Yiwen Li

English

The Society decided to launch the Quantitative History Webinar Series in Spring 2020 through Zoom given the Covid-19 pandemic. We hereby thank the Asia Global Institute for hosting our Economic History Workshops from September 2018 to January 2020.

While we hope to resume in-person events as soon as the city can get beyond this pandemic, please stay tuned for further updates.

We thank the Asia Global Institute for organizing this workshop. 

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