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The Awkward Position of Missionaries in Chinese History: A Talk and Discussion
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Awkward Position of Missionaries in Chinese History: A Talk and Discussion

From the time of Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit missions of the 16th century, missionaries have played an important role in Chinese history. By the 19th century, the missionary promised both new forms of educational and hygienic modernity while also being seen by the people as a possible threat to the established order in this world and beyond. How did the people of late imperial China perceive missionaries?

In 1870, tales of kidnapping and sorcery swirled around the city of Tianjin. The local magistrate wants to investigate the charges of witchcraft being made against a group of Catholic nuns. The French consul insists the missionaries are protected from prosecution by treaties signed with the Chinese government. In the middle is a hapless Manchu official unable to keep the peace. On June 21, 1870, the city of Tianjin exploded into a day of rage and violence which shocked the world and revealed the perilous position of missionaries in 19th century China.

Join writer, historian, and storyteller Jeremiah Jenne for this talk and discussion about the role missionaries played in Chinese history.

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Manchus in the Palace: Myths, Legends, and History at the Forbidden City
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Manchus in the Palace: Myths, Legends, and History at the Forbidden City

Interested in learning more about the Forbidden City but prefer to avoid the crowds and the lines? History guy Jeremiah Jenne brings the best of his Forbidden City walk and talk to the comfortable confines of The Hutong. Learn about the backstory of Beijing as an imperial capital and the construction of the Forbidden City. We’ll explore the history of the emperors, eunuchs, officials, and concubines who lived and worked there. We’ll discuss the differences between Ming and Qing, the legacy of the Manchus, and the past, present, and future efforts to preserve Beijing’s most famous palace. Jeremiah will also share his favorite travel hacks for visiting the palace!

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Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money: A Hacked History of the Opium War
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money: A Hacked History of the Opium War

The Opium Wars mark the beginning of China's "Century of Humiliation" and the beginning of China's modern era in school textbooks in the PRC. What caused the war? Was it really all about protecting Queen Victoria's good name as the world's largest narco-baron? How are the wars remembered today and what does this mean for how China sees the world in the 21st century. This talk is an informative and entertaining look at the Opium Wars and what it means for people living and working in China today.

Join writer, historian, and storyteller Jeremiah Jenne for this talk and discussion about the role missionaries played in Chinese history.

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