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5/22/2014

China’s first statue?

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 7:49 am Print
I found this in 圖書日報, I think from 1910. It is a statue of Lin Zexu that may be China's first public statue. It is of course not the first statue to exist in China, but it may be the first time China had a proper Western-style Public Statue made of bronze. There was never much of a Chinese tradition of statuary and certainly none of public commemorative statues. Lin Zexu圖書日報 I assume that lots of Chinese visitors to Europe and the U.S. noted the statues of important public figures scattered all over foreign cities. The caption to this one is maddeningly unhelpful, but still interesting. The statue itself had been commissioned in Germany. ((Germany is interesting. Lin was famous for fighting with the British. I wonder if the Germans thought that emphasizing this was good politics.)) I wonder if it had been intended for some sort of public display.  It ended up being put in the 徐 family temple, which is not quite a public place, but reasonably close. The picture makes it look like it was facing out into the street, so it was in public view Before you get lots of public statues you need lots of public places, and public places were just starting to be created in China at this point. The interesting question is why Lin Zexu? A statue is a big deal, as it says you are well-deserved of the nation, and taking them down if you loose your status is a big thing. What makes you statue-worthy in the last years of the Qing? Well, he was an important statesman who was safely dead. He was well-known overseas, which is stressed in the caption, since in 1910 foreign impressions were important. Although the caption does not mention it, he was both someone who led the Qing resistance against imperialism and someone who was exiled by the Qing, so if you were pro or anti dynasty you could find something to like in him. Joyce Madancy pointed out that Lin got a statue in New York's Chinatown in part because he was from Fujian but became famous in Guangzhou, so he could appeal to different provincial groups. So he pushes a lot of buttons. The upper caption explains that China is now in the middle of successfully wiping out opium use. which probably helped. Before the successful Late Qing anti-opium campaigns, or after the campaign collapsed under the Republic Lin would not seem so statue-worthy, as he was connected with China's failure to deal with opium. After 1949 he was a feudal official, so no statues on the mainland at least. Today opium use is part of China's past, not present, and he is, I assume, a good statue candidate again.    

4/22/2014

The internet is awesome-Chinese history in film version

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 10:39 am Print
British Pathé  has put some 80,000 of their old newsreels on YouTube. This is a massive treasure trove of cool stuff, and the many hours I will spend looking at them are fully justified as "work". A lot the commentary is bland, foreigner-centered and uninformed, but the pictures are great. Civil War in China. (1922) Not much analysis, but a a nice funeral. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AUg3-aJs-g Some of these are listed as unknown material with no date. such as. World Faces Crisis As Japan And China Clash In Far East (1938) I suppose I should comment and tell them what this is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AccRhQFNbbU Some of it might be quite useful for research. Would you like to see a film of the official parade at the inauguration of the Japanese puppet government of Canton? With street drama and everything? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf-umw0Sw5k

Maybe Village Children Of South China (1951) is more your style? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgF3QBL2kYk Or Nationalist troops in Nankin in 1927? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ryS5syi5y8 China Fish People (1930)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttsgTmqM1sE An opium burning which I think is the one in 1919? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ50bne1_WM Not only is all this great content searchable, it is also free! This is the type of thing that convinces me that inventing the internet may not have been a mistake after all. What are your favorites? You can go to the Pathe channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe and click on the magnifying glass to search.

4/21/2014

Socialism is good

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 8:14 am Print
Finally. Just in time for the end of the semester. I managed to find an on-line version of Socialism Is Good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyVzHJUu9h8#t=40 Well, not just a version. There are lots of fairly standard ones out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwZV0vl7GiE but the first one is, I think, one that was recorded back in the 90's by the Beijing Modern Art Band or something like that. ((I swear that cassette is in one of my boxes downstairs. I really need to dig it out.)) It is a bit more....peppy that you might expect. I remember having a long argument with a Chinese friend over whether is was a bunch of cadre kids trying to make the CCP cool, or a bunch of anti-party types mocking one of the great red anthems. I took the later position, but I will have to see what the kids say about it. I found it, by the way, from an American right-wing site that suggests that thanks to Obama we may all be singing this pretty soon. Maybe you should learn the lyrics now, while it's still optional.  

4/5/2014

I made tea eggs today

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 4:29 pm Print
TeaEggsApparently this makes me both a multi-millionaire and part of cross-straits relations. I have not kept up as much as I should with the current Taiwan protests, but Offbeat China has. and they claim that tea eggs are one of the things that both sides are using as a symbol (both real and snarky) of Taiwan. Admittedly, mine are not real tea eggs, since 1. I did not meet Dr. Who, steal the Tardis, go back to the Shang dynasty and build a 7-11 and then put the eggs in a crockpot and let them simmer for 3,000 years. That would be a proper Taiwan tea egg. 2. I only made them because we had too many eggs and everyone I know likes tea eggs. No rhetorical points about China, Taiwan, democracy, identity, etc. Just eggs. And tea. 3. They taste good, but maybe I should have used one more star anise. Always hard to judge that. http://offbeatchina.com/what-a-humble-tea-egg-tells-about-the-gap-between-mainland-china-and-taiwan

3/25/2014

Unearthing the Nation

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 1:56 pm Print
Grace Yen Shen's Unearthing the Nation: Modern Geology and Nationalism in Republican China is a really good book. Shen says that at first “it took a lot of explaining to convince people that the history of Chinese geology needed to be told.” That scepticism seems well-founded. What did Chinese geologists ever do? How does geology connect to anything else? Is this going to be one of those institutional studies where nothing seems to happen other than setting up institutions and then having the members do nothing but complain about lack of funding? Thankfully, geology is pretty easy to connect to other parts of China's transformation. Part of this is just dumb luck. The first work on China's geology written by a Chinese was “Brief outline of Chinese geology” published by former Jiangnan Military Academy School of Mines student Zhou Shuren, who would later go on to considerable fame under the name Lu Xun. It is not surprising that Zhou/Lu went on to become one of the most famous May 4th intellectuals, since
Chinese geologists rejected the Confucian values of the political and social order and associated them with parochialism and complacency. However, they not only accepted the deeply Confucian values of the intellectual as servitor-cum-guide to state and society, but they also managed to identify this role with progressivism and morality by taking it as a call to self-criticism and renewal. ….geologists' shared sense of Chineseness grew out of their admission of guilt and the dedication to self-transformation. Geology was a discipline that would reshape its practitioners and resuscitate the nation on the verge of extinction. Unearthing the Nation. p.10
You could use that as a nice summary of the May 4th project, and in fact I did so in class last week. Geology also matters because it ties in with wealth and power better than lots of other fields of study. Locating valuable rocks was something that both Chinese modernizers and foreign exploiters could get behind. Shen shows how Chinese geologists managed to replace foreigners and gradually they became the ones who surveyed an interpreted China's rocks for both foreign and domestic audiences. Geology had only fitful support from the Chinese state, but it was popular with young Chinese, in part because the emphasis on fieldwork helped distinguish geologists from traditional educated youth “with pale faces and slender waists, seductive as young ladies, timorous of cold and chary of heat, weak as invalids.” (( quote from Chen Duxiu. Were there any female geologists?)) Geologists also served the nation. They were the ones who found the Tungsten and other rare materials that wartime China exported. They also defined China as they Chinese would like. As Li Siguang put it.
at the time most people in western Europe invariably thought that Tibet was not fully part of China, and to correct this mistaken concept (whether intentional or unintentional) I purposely gave the Tibetan plateau first place among China's natural regions. p.136
Of course service to the nation came with a price. The geologists did a better job than you might think in balancing a desire to do pure science and to serve China.
 By training their sights on the overall development of geology in China and remaining flexible about details and timing Chinese geologists achieved many of their own goals while catering to the interests of both native philanthropists and foreign funding agencies. When the remains of Peking Man were first announced in 1926, for instance, the Chinese geological community quickly turned its attention to paleoanthropology. Though it had no experience in this field, the Geological Survey convinced the Rockefeller Foundation to fund a Cenozoic Research Laboratory to study both Peking Man and the “tertiary and quaternary deposits of northern China” more broadly. p.185
This fits it with a lot of other examples I can think of where scholars adjusted their research to funding. It would be nice to have unlimited money to study anything, but practice that is not how China, or anywhere else, actually works. If you want a nice, short, well-written book that explains the birth of a modern science in China and why it matters, this is a good choice.  

3/12/2014

Digital resources

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 7:16 am Print
I have been looking through two really useful digital resources lately. One is the Hathi Trust website. They have been digitizing stuff for some time, and the site is now really useful. You can find all sorts of out of print stuff from the 20's and 30's (and beyond) and the search features work much better than in Google Books itself. There are also lots of people coming up with collections like Records of the American Colonies that will give you a huge mass of stuff without you having to look for it. Sadly, nobody has done the a collection on the League of Nations stuff that I am interested in. It is more or less a better front end for Google Books, and it works quite well. This is partially because it is easier to search, has a better interface for reading, and is better integrated with World Cat. It's still geared more towards English language stuff, but it is a really helpful source. The other source are the various bibliographies in Oxford Bibliographies. If you are interested in Classical Confucianism would you not want to know what Paul Goldin thinks is the most valuable stuff in the field? John Chaffee on Middle Period China? Kristin Stapleton on Urban Change and Modernity? Alan Baumler on opium? ((Maybe the last one not so much.)) This is a type of scholarship that strikes me as being particularly appropriate for the web, since these are supposed to be updated every year. Sadly, both of these are subscription sites, meaning that you can get some of the functionality just by logging in, but you need to be associated with a major institution to look at things for free. The world of scholarship is changing, but less slowly than one might wish.    

3/6/2014

Exemplary Women

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 2:13 am Print
A new translation of the Lienu zhuan is out, under the title Exemplary Women of Early China The book was compiled by Liu Xiang, mostly from older sources, so it is both an anthology of Pre-Han stories about women and one of the most important influences on post-Han women's education. The translator, Anne Behnke Kinney, says that the organizing principle of the book is dynastics, “an ideology for reinforcing habits of deference to a family-based hierarchy for the sake of its ongoing continuity and prestige.” It is thus broader than the usual understanding of filial piety and is not the same as patriarchy, although it often overlaps with it. Most of the stories portray women dealing with some sort of crisis that threatens the family or dynasty. Sometimes of course women -are- a threat to the family and dynasty, as in this story from the section on the Depraved and the Favored.
The Songstress Queen of King Dao of Zhao

The Songstress Queen was a singer from Handan and the queen of King Daoxiang of Zhao. At an earlier time, she had brought disorder to an entire clan. When she became widowed, King Daoxiang was struck by her beauty and married her. Li Mu remonstrated with him, saying, "This won't do. A woman's impropriety is the means by which state and family are turned upside down and made unstable. This woman has brought disorder to her clan. Shouldn't Your Majesty be alarmed ?"- The king said, "Whether there is disorder or not depends on how I govern." He then proceeded to marry her.

Earlier, King Daoxiang's queen had given birth to a son named Jia who became heir apparent. After the Songstress Queen entered the court at the rank of consort, she gave birth to a son named Qian. The Songstress Queen then became a great favorite of the king and secretly slandered the queen and the heir apparent to the king. She [also] arranged for someone to offend the heir apparent and thus provoke him into committing a crime. The king thereupon dismissed Jia and set up Qian [in his place], and deposed the queen and established the songstress as queen. When King Daoxiang died, Qian was enthroned as King Youmin.

The Songstress Queen was dissolute and immoral. She developed an illicit connection with the Lord of Chunping and frequently received bribes from Qin. She made the king execute his great general, the Lord of Wuan, Li Mu. Afterward, when Qin troops marched in, no one could stop them. Qian was then taken prisoner by Qin, and Zhao was destroyed. The grandees, resentful that th eSongstress Queen had slandered the heir apparent and killed Li Mu had her killed and exterminated her family. Together they enthroned Jia at Dai. After seven years they could not defeat Qin. Zhao was then annihilated and became a commandery [of Qin].

The Odes says, "If a man have not dignity of demeanor /What should he do but die. These words apply well to her.

The Verse Summary says,

The Songstress Queen of King Daoxiang of Zhao

Was insatiably covetous.

She destroyed the true queen and heir,

Working her deceit with guile.

She was debauched with Lord Chunping,

And ruthlessly pursued what she desired.

She received bribes, ravaged Zhao,

And died in the kingdom she destroyed

This story gives a nice sample of both court politics in the Warring States and pretty traditional views about the dangers of marrying beautiful women. It also reflects one of the reasons the book was complied, since Liu Xiang seems to have been worried that too many Han emperors were marrying low-born women who did not understand proper family behaviour. These women needed to be either avoided or educated, and this book could help with either. We also get a sample of one of the verse summaries that one can memorize to keep the lessons of the story in mind. Much different is this story, from the section on Accomplished Rhetoricians
The Wife of the Bow Maker of Jin

The bow maker's wife was the daughter of an armor craftsman of Jin. In the time of Duke Ping, the duke ordered her husband to make a bow. After three years it was finished. When the duke drew the bow and shot, the arrow did not pierce even one layer of armor. The duke was angry and was about to execute the bow maker.

The bow maker's wife thereupon begged for an audience, saying, "I am the daughter of an armor craftsman and the wife of the bow maker. I would like to be granted an audience." When Duke Ping met with her she said, "Have you heard of Gong Liu's conduct in former times ? Whenever the sheep and oxen trampled their rushes and reeds, he felt great pity for the common people, and his concern even extended to plants and trees. Would he have countenanced the killing of an innocent person? Duke Mu of Qin encountered bandits who ate the meat of his fine steed, but he gave them wine to drink. When an officer of King Zhuang of Chu tugged at his consort's robe, she tore off his hat tassel. But the king later drank with him quite happily. As for these three rulers, their benevolence became known to the entire world. Eventually each one was requited [for their kindness], and their names have been passed down to present times.

"Formerly, Yao did not trim the thatch of his roof or carve its mottled beams. He had earthen steps of only three levels.Even so, he felt that his workmen had toiled hard and that he was living in great comfort. Now, when my husband made this bow, his efforts were also laborious. The bow's shaft came from wood grown on the slopes of Mount Tai, and each day he would examine it three times in both the sunlight and the shade. It is decorated with the horn of oxen from Yan, bound with the tendons of deer from Jing, and glued together with adhesive derived from Yellow River fish. Since these four things are among the most select and extraordinary materials in the world, your inability to pierce even one layer of armor must be due to your inability to shoot. Yet you want to kill my husband. Isn't this mistaken?

"I have heard that in the Way of Archery, one's left hand should be held as firm as a rock, while the right hand should be held like a diagonal support beam. When the right hand releases the arrow, the left hand should not be aware of it. This is the Way of Archery."

When Duke Ping did what she said and shot, the arrow pierced seven layers of armor. The woman's husband was immediately set free and given three yi in cash. A man of discernment would say, "The bow maker's wife was able to offer assistance in difficulty." The Odes says, "The ornamented bows are strong;' and "They discharge the arrows and all hit."This phrase describes the methods of archery.

The Verse Summary says,

Duke Ping Jin commissioned a bow,

Which took three years to complete.

But he became angry with the bow maker

And was on the verge of punishing him.

The wife went and spoke tothe duke,

And explained what materials were used in the bow.

She set forth the labor and difficulty involved,

And the duke thereupon released him.

So we have another commoner woman, but this one is an expert on bows, archery, rare materials and persuading rulers. She also has the courage to tell the Duke he is lousy at one of the Six Arts (Archery) and is eloquent enough to both get away with it and improve him. Even men could take her as an example! As a result this is a really useful book to use when teaching about Chinese women. Students come in with a lot of ideas about women in traditional China being powerless and oppressed. That's not wrong, but getting them to go beyond that is often pretty hard. These stories mostly deal with female agency, but always in a family or dynastic context, so we are getting neither Passive Lady Plum Blossom nor Disney's Mulan. It is also a good book for Early China. It's always had to find something to do for the early part of a China class, given that a lot of the secondary stuff is pretty technical and the translated primary sources tend to be philosophical texts that are hard for undergrads to deal with. This seems just about perfect. Of course, even if you are not going to teach with it, you could still read it. Its a good book.

2/24/2014

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Who apparently studied under Adam West, Zithromax use. Yang has a fairly limited Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, style which does not lend itself to the martial arts, especially given what a lot of other people have done with them in Manga. Online buy Zithromax without a prescription, Yang actually seems more influenced by American animation traditions. ((which is fine, Zithromax duration, Zithromax dangers, of course)) He has two scenes where a gongfu master announces the beginning of the lesson by tossing weapons at the students,

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A lot of the themes are pretty American as well, purchase Zithromax. Zithromax dosage, Much of first volume deals with Bao's growing relationship with Mei, a local girl Mei1who will eventually becomes the Action Girl leader of the Red Lanterns, Zithromax wiki.

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The romance story is hard to square with the Boxers and their misogyny, and Yang is aware of this, but he does not help himself with things like this rom-com montage sequence, were Bao and Mei amuse themselves like American tourists by eating at stalls and wearing peasant hats, just like Chinese people.MeetCute His style does work well for some things, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Zithromax online cod, Possession rituals were an important part of Boxer magic, and Yang has done his homework, buy Zithromax from canada. Zithromax coupon, Here is the ritual

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And here is a  possession.

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Bao himself is possessed by Qin Shihuang, Zithromax overnight, Zithromax images, who is not an opera character but can lecture Bao on the importance of saving the China he created.

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These possessions are important to Yang since the attraction of the story for him is that the Boxers are like American geeks, Zithromax class, Zithromax trusted pharmacy reviews, living through their superheros. From Yang's website

Buy Zithromax Without Prescription,  So where did these poor teenagers look for power. Like modern-day geeks, kjøpe Zithromax på nett, köpa Zithromax online, Buy Zithromax without a prescription, they turned to pop culture. They went to fairs and watched traveling acting troupes perform Chinese opera, Zithromax without a prescription. Zithromax brand name, Chinese opera told epic tales of colorfully-costumed heroes who fought evil with superpowers and magical weapons. The heroes of the Chinese opera were not unlike the heroes of modern American comic books, order Zithromax online c.o.d, Zithromax samples, only instead of capes, flags flapped at their backs, is Zithromax safe.

Like modern-day cosplayers, the teenagers wanted to embody their heroes, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Zithromax no prescription, They came up with a mystical ritual that would call the heroes of the opera – the gods of the opera, really – down from the heavens, cheap Zithromax no rx. Zithromax pics, The teenagers would be possessed by the gods and take on their superpowers. Then armed with these superpowers, online Zithromax without a prescription, Zithromax street price, they marched through their homeland and into the major cities, battling foreigners.


So the Brothers of the Peach Orchard become the Avengers, cheap Zithromax. Zithromax gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, From Yang's site, some superheros as Chinese opera characters, Zithromax long term.

Captain-AmericaOperaHulkThor Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The middle one is The Hulk. I'm pretty sure that Chinese opera already has a Hulk, and his name is Li Kui,

But you get the idea.

One of the major themes of Boxers is the growing relationship between Bao and Mei and how Bao's commitment to violence splits him off from Mei's commitment to culture. Yang does not to make the story too bloody, perhaps in part because his style is not really up to it.

We do get battles

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and Prince Gong drinking tea as Beijing burns

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but actual violence tends to take place off-stage.

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Mei tries to draw Bao towards the saving grace of China's 5,000 years of culture, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

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But in the end they split over the issue of burning the Hanlin Academy library to get at the foreigners. Like with modern Americans, book burning is about as bad a thing as you can do.

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The real emotional heart of the story comes in Saints.
Here we see some of the scenes from the previous book from a different angle

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the center of Saints is Vibena and her conversion to Christianity (( Yang does not see Christianity as a Chinese religion, so she is also renouncing her Chinese-ness )) , which is encouraged by her visions of Joan of Arc.

JoanConversion Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Yang draws visual parallels between Jesus and Guanyin (note the hands), showing a nice modern ecumenicism.

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And picks a person addicted to foreign ((actually almost certainly Chinese opium by this point.)) opium to lead Vibena to the faith, showing a darker side of the foreigners.

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In the end, Bao's gods can't save him

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and Vibena's can, even after she has died. Yang is a Catholic and her conversion and martyrdom story is one that appeals to him.

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A brave man dies only once, but a superhero can die as many times as is convenient for the plot, and Bao is also saved by one of his Sworn Brothers.

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Of these themes I think only comradeship is one that would have made much sense to the actual Boxers, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

So, what did I think about teaching with this book. I don't think I would use it in a Chinese history class, as it is too much of Yang reading Chinese history for his own purposes. I spend far too much time already trying to encourage students to figure out how Chinese might view their own history rather than asking what Americans can get out of it. This, however, was a course on historical method, using the Boxers as an event that lots of different people have looked at in different ways, and for that it worked pretty well.

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