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One American, One Chinese and their extraordinary Journeys in the 19th century

16:00 | Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Guoqi Xu

Guoqi Xu

Kerry Group Professor in Globalisation History, Department of History, HKU

engraved by John Filmer / Public domain

American Anson Burlingame arrived in Beijing in 1862 and served as the top American diplomat in China. In 1868 when he decided to resign his post as American minister to China, The Qing Court appointed him as China’s top diplomatic representative to the world from 1868 until his death in 1870.

In 1879, an unknown Chinese by name Ge Kunhua was selected as a teacher at Harvard University. He was not only the first Chinese native to teach Chinese language and cultures in an American University, but more importantly, his appointment by Harvard University created a major debate and discussions about China studies in western higher educations. Ge died in 1882 at Harvard before he finished his contract. In this webinar, HKU History Professor Guoqi Xu explains their extraordinary journeys and the significances, paying special attention to the aspects of the shared history and destinies between Chinese and Americans in the 19th century and beyond.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Zoom Webinar

Guoqi Xu

English

The Quantitative History Webinar Series aims to provide researchers, teachers, and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series, now in its third year, is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 量化歷史網上講座系列由香港大學陳志武和馬馳騁教授聯合發起,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和香港人文社會研究所全力支持和承辦。

Conveners: Professor Zhiwu Chen & Dr. Chicheng Ma (HKU Business School)

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