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Arranged Marriage, Talented Women, and the “Art” of Courtship in Qing China with Professor Weijing Lu @ HSSB 4020
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Professor Weijing Lu
Department of History,
UC San Diego

Lu_flyerAbout the Talk:

In the Qing (1644-1911), when the wedding ceremony brought together the groom and the bride, whose marriage was arranged, they understood they would spend the rest of their lives together. How did they interact with each other? What efforts did they make to create a good first impression? What means did they use to connect with one another? How did they manage to create a private space for themselves in the extended family? Guided by their own writings, we will explore the various ways in which literati wife and husband communicated and forged intimate relationships.

Co-Sponsored by Department of EALCS & East Asia Center.

Japanese Language Placement Test – Summer 2016 @ HSSB 2252
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Testing Dates:

April 28, 3:00-4:00PM (HSSB 2252)
May 26, 3:00-4:00PM (HSSB 2252)

Remember to fill-out and bring the information sheet found here on the Japanese Language Program Website!

“The Scholar’s Robe: Material Culture and Political Power in Early Modern China” with Minghui Hu @ SSMS 2035
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Minghui Hu
Department of History,
UC Santa Cruz

(Click to download flyer.)About the Talk:

This talk explores the history of the scholar’s robe as a nexus of material culture and political power. It focuses on the controversial fabric—called ren 衽—found pervasively in the Confucian canon and confirmed in archaeological findings. But for hundreds of years there have been disagreements and changes concerning which specific term is identified with which part of the robe, especially involving the use of ren in the scholar’s robe. The bulk of my analysis deals with two prominent scholars’ monographs on the robe: Huang Zongxi’s Investigation of the Robe (Shenyi kao) and Jiang Yong’s pointed rebuttal entitled Mistakes in “Investigation of the Robe” (Shenyi kao wu). The intellectual and political configurations of both works are analyzed in depth in order to contrast two options of cultural identity: Chinese superiority versus cosmopolitan universalism.