Maritime Hubs and Mobilities: Rethinking Metropolitan Hong Kong-South China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Pearl River Delta Region and its metropolitan hubs have long engaged with the circulation of goods, people and ideas along what is now popularized as the Maritime Silk Road. Over the centuries these movements bridged continental divides. The talk focuses on the historical layers of economic and cultural resources, multi-ethnic identities, and strategic footprints across the oceans from Canton to Zanzibar. It also highlights potential paths of development and contestations.

Foreign factories in Canton, early 19th Century (source: Peabody Essex Museum)