Today is Friday of week 12 (Nov. 13)
For those of you who are a bit superstitious about Friday the Thirteenth, don't worry! In Chinese culture, there is nothing special about that day. It's the number four you should avoid, and the number eight is lucky. In other words, nothing to worry about today! (Still, just in case, here's a four-leafed clover:)
Schedule for today
Event: Prof. Teng Biao - "Scholars at Risk"
Friday 2pm, register for the Zoom link with the link in the poster. Note: this session will not be recorded.
"After the Tiananmen Democracy Movement and June 4th Massacre in 1989, due to the marketization reform, entry to the WTO and the western “engagement policy,” China has become the second largest economy. Contrary to what most had presumed and predicted, the market economy and rapid growth didn’t lead China to an open society or democracy. The Chinese Communist Party has tightened its one-party rule and utilized its political-economic-technological power to establish an unprecedented high-tech totalitarianism, which has been the biggest threat to global freedom and democracy. Following the talk, faculty discussants, Casey Miller, Sociology and Anthropology, and Jeff Pooley, Media and Communication, will lead discussion through a guided Q & A session"
Weekend long "read"
If you've had enough of China, and enough of staring at screens, here is a podcast to listen to that is only tangentially connected to Chinese history! Before the Manchu, there were the Mongols, and before them, there were many other groups like the Jurchen, Khitan, Turks, and Xiongnu (or Hun, if you follow the animated Disney's Mulan canon). There were many horse-riding pastoral nomads who occupied much of Central Asia, and occasionally ruled over other parts of Eurasia (hello, Qing dynasty, HST271!) Prof. Pamela Crossley is a scholar of Qing-Manchu history, but her interests roam far and wide across the Eurasian continent, as she demonstrates in this interview. She posits a provocative thesis: what if we turn things around, and see the big "Chinese" and "European" empires as the periphery, and Central Asia as the center? How does our view of history change>
If you have an hour to spare, worth listening to try and think differently about the much maligned "barbarians" of Central Asia: Episode 185: The Anvil and Forge That Created the Modern World