Organized Panel Session
This panel seeks to engage in a comparative dialogue on the contacts, conflicts, and influences among different cultural and racial groups on the seas. South China seas and the Malay Archipelago not only facilitated global trade flow, but also brought forth the publications of early modern maritime maps and European and Chinese literatures on maritime adventures. Bringing together scholars from various disciplines, this panel will dissect the dynamics among the local, the regional, and the global, while forming a dialogue on the parallels and connections among different disciplines in oceanic studies.
Boyi Chen examines the junk trade between China and Southeast Asia as inter-regional interaction to reflect on the key issues and debates on the tributary system, the Canton system, and the Treaty Port system in the first half of the eighteenth century. Robert Batchelor studies how mapping was related to ethnogenesis, printing and conceptions of space among the maritime Hokkien and Cantonese. Yuanfei Wang focuses on the tropes of conquest and religious conversion in John Fletcher’s Island Princess and the Chinese novel Enuch Sanbao to compare early modern concepts of race and the dynamics between the conquerors and the native people. Su Fang Ng compares depictions of cross-cultural encounters in the Maluku of Indonesia after Portuguese arrival in John Fletcher’s romance Island Princess and Ridjali’s chronicle history of Ambon (Amboyna) in the period around 1600-1620, Hikayat Tanah Hitu (History of Hitu).