Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

(47) Gender, Ethnicity, and Encounter: Ming-Qing China in a Comparative Perspective

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Tyler, Mezzanine Level

The world was remapped by intercontinental interactions during the early modern period. Recent studies on Ming-Qing China have shifted their analytical emphasis from European expansion to transnational networks, cultural encounters, and material circulations. The early cultural encounters provided the foundation for modern globalization. This proposed panel brings together junior, mid-career, and senior scholars to examine the border-crossing impact of cultural encounters. The papers which each takes a different thread of Chinese encounters range from the humanities to the social sciences, from studies of visual materials to analyses of land contracts and lawsuits of Chinese diaspora, from the early Ming through the late Qing. This panel also has a widely geographical coverage of China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the West.

All four papers use comparative perspective to examine Chinese encounters with an emphasis on the border-crossing impact on gender and ethnicity. Chronologically, G. Li places the Ming voyages (1405-1433) in the context of the formation era of the South China Sea world economy to explore the Chinese fleet’s encounter with Muslim trade diaspora. Ho focuses on varied societal expectations of women’s roles in High Qing and 19th-century Britain. X. Li investigates a late Qing metropolitan man’s representation of foreign women in his pioneering work. Chen explores female Chinese diaspora’s commercial activities in Southeast Asia.

Four papers together demonstrate how the interaction of cultural encounters impacted gender and ethnic relations in both societies. This comparative approach enriches our understanding of Ming-Qing China and the world in a larger picture.

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Guotong Li

California State University, Long Beach, California

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Clara Wing-chung Ho

Hong Kong Baptist University, Not Applicable, Hong Kong

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Guotong Li

California State University, Long Beach, California

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Clara Wing-chung Ho

Hong Kong Baptist University, Not Applicable, Hong Kong

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Xiaorong Li

University of California, Santa Barbara, California

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Boyi Chen

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

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Keith McMahon

University of Kansas, Kansas

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