Today is Wednesday of week 8, Oct. 14.
A tiny dust storm has kicked up in the twitter-sphere about "teaching modern Chinese history", and I'd like to hear what you think about these two pieces. Maybe if you're in HST137 it's not quite applicable yet, but we will talk more about modern Chinese history and then some of these ideas will come into play.
The opening shot came from James Millward, Professor of History at Georgetown University:
- Millward, James. "We need a new approach to teaching modern Chinese history: we have lazily repeated false narratives for too long.". Medium, Oct. 8, 2020.
(It's also a rather savage book review, although admittedly it takes aim at an entire industry and not an individual. If you'd like to read other savage book reviews, let me know. Sometimes they're so gentlemanly you don't even realize that's what's going on until a few pages in 👀 )
The response from Pamela Crossley, a Qing historian, is striking: who is the "We" addressed by Millward? Professor Crossley is one of the pioneers in creating a new approach to the study of the Qing, and she feels certainly not included in that list of people making those errors. I had similar questions about Millward's piece: my own research is in a much earlier time period, but is similarly trying to do things in a different way, and questioning some of the big narratives we inherited. I don't know if I am successful in bringing that across in modern Chinese history, which is not my field of research:
- Crossely, Pamela. "...And Why Women Historians Are Only Renters in China History". https://www.dartmouth.edu/~crossley/comments_8.html (n.d., last visited Oct. 13, 2020)
I am now also considering chucking Spence's text in favor of her Wobbling Pivot as a recommended textbook next semester for a re-run of HST271. Thoughts on this are welcome!
Schedule for today
Drop in tutorial: 1-2 pm, open to all.
- Option 1: reserve a spot on this Google appointment page
- Option 2: "drop in" anytime, but you may have to wait a bit in the waiting room.
Both are for a Zoom meeting, using the Green Link on your respective Canvas SECRETS pages (or find the info in your Canvas Calendar).
|HST439||Comments for the Social Annotation are due tonight, 11.59pm in the Hypothes.is group HST439.|
Heads-up! Event on Thursday
Thursday, October 15th, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m: Please pre-register for this event.
Africana Studies and Office for Multicultural Life present the second event in their Fall 20 mini series "From the Ashes": "Genocidal Medicine: Black American Communities, Covid-19, and the Death Toll of Healthcare’s Systemic Anti-Blackness". Check out more details on the poster.
5 - 6 pm: History Club meets on Zoom every Wednesday. You can email me for the link or contact details of the club.