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China Humanities Seminar featuring John Kieschnick – MSG, Vegan Soap, Karma and Tofu: Chinese Vegetarianism in the Early 20th Century

April 1 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Speaker: John Kieschnick, Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Buddhist Studies, Stanford University

Drawing on newspapers, essays, memoirs, correspondence and Buddhist journals, this talk will outline the major trends in Chinese vegetarianism from 1900-1950, attempting to capture the diverse motivations, arguments and innovations in the anti-meat movement in China in the first half of the twentieth century.

John Kieschnick specializes in Chinese Buddhism, with particular emphasis on its cultural history. He is the author of the Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval China, The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture, and Buddhist Historiography in China. He is currently writing a history of Chinese vegetarianism.


April 1
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave.

2 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States

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