China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

Repicturing the Hexi Corridor in Eurasia Landscape in Early Medieval China

Saturday, July 7
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building

This panel focuses on the geographical uniqueness of the Hexi Corridor in Early Medieval China with an approach of material culture and from a Eurasian perspective. The Hexi Corridor, though located in the western border of China, had a pivotal position in cultural interactions during the volatile three centuries after the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE). It was the asylum for the Chinese from the Central Plain, and also channeling Eurasia. In the whole Eurasian landscape, the Hexi Corridor in this period thus not only welcomed and preserved different cultures but also facilitated their interaction and blending.


Heather Clydesdale’s paper emphasizes on the Hexi Corridor as the venue of integration, illustrating the ideals of the locals as represented in the novel ways of artistic representation in burials. Dongming Wu provides another dimension approaching the burials, accentuating the linkage to China as demonstrated by the burial practice of screen walls in the Foyemiaowan cemetery of Dunhuang. His research unveils one direction of the dynamism of this junction. Annette Juliano examines the eastward influence of Buddhist art from the cave temples in modern-day Xinjiang to the Hexi region; also discussed will be the people along this conduit. Fanghan Wang’s research on the Sogdian “Ancient Letters,” sent by Sogdian traders living in China, analyzes their self-perception and how it was objectified by the paper as a carrier of their writing. This panel aims to demonstrate how the Hexi Corridor uniquely incorporated different cultural elements within a local milieu.


Dongming Wu

Columbia University, United States

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Heather Clydesdale

Santa Clara University, United States

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Heather Clydesdale

Santa Clara University, United States

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Dongming Wu

Columbia University, United States

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Fanghan Wang

New York University, United States

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