“Some Live in Darkness, Some Live in Light”: China and Elsewhere in 1900

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Peter Perdue, Professor of History, Yale University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a brilliant spectacle, the Western powers and Japan demonstrated their imperial prowess at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Several months later, the same powers invaded China to lift the siege of the foreign legations by the Boxers and the Qing government. The Qing government fell to its nadir, but China’s inextricable links to global trends soon brought dramatic change. This lecture shows how, in this critical decade, facing imperialism, trade war, anarchism, and racial nationalism, the Chinese people engaged with the dark and bright aspects of the world.

2019 Kwang Siam Lim Memorial Lecture