AAS-in-ASIA Conference. Asia in Notion:Beyond Borders and Boundaries / 24-27 June, 2017 / Seoul, Korea

Keynote Speech

Home Program Keynote Speech

Saturday, June 24, 13:15-14:15, Inchon Memorial Hall

Wen-hsin Yeh

Keynote Speaker

Professor Wen-hsin Yeh

Professor Wen-hsin Yeh is Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Chair Professor in History at University of California at Berkeley. She is also Co-Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Cross-Currents: East Asian Review of Culture and History. Her recent publications include Minguo zhishiren licheng yu tupu [Republican Chinese Intellectuals: Profiles, Passages, and Politics] (Sanlian Bookstore, 2015), Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China (University of California Press, 2007).

Title of talk: "Ships, Savages, and States: Rethinking the China Coast in the 19th Century"

It is much noted that the forces of trade and diplomacy had worked to transform the China coast in the 19th century. It has received less attention how the force of nature sometimes worked to blow ships off course. Westerners unexpectedly encountered aborigine tribes on the frontiers of empires. The result was the transformation of the China coast of a different kind that will be the theme of this presentation.