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Geremie R. Barmé – Tales from Two Chinese Cities: Resistance in the 2019 Year of Anniversaries
November 20, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Speaker: Geremie R. Barmé, Editor, China Heritage
From late 2018, China has marked a series of major anniversaries and commemorations. A century of political, cultural and social upheaval has been brought into sharp focus by tumultuous contemporary events. Today, the past is living in to the present in ways that are significant not only for the ‘Chinese commonwealth’, but also for China in the World. This talk will focus on two cities — Beijing and Hong Kong — and on Geremie Barmé’s work for China Heritage (https://chinaheritage.net) concerning the case of Xu Zhangrun at Tsinghua University and the uprising in Hong Kong.
Geremie R. Barmé is the editor of China Heritage (https://chinaheritage.net), a journal devoted to history, literature, translation and thought that is produced under the aegis of The Wairarapa Academy for New Sinology, which he co-founded with John Minford in 2016. Previously, in 2010, he founded The Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University. Barmé has worked as a journalist, academic historian, editor, translator and film-maker. During his academic career he founded and edited China Heritage Quarterly (2005-2012) and The China Story (2012-2016), as well as editing East Asian History (from 1990 to 2007). His An Artistic Exile: the life of Feng Zikai (1898-1975) was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize in 2004. Other books include Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience (1986; edited with John Minford); New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices (1992; edited with Linda Jaivin); Shades of Mao (1996) and In the Red (1999), and The Forbidden City (2008). He has also worked on a number of prize-winning documentary films, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace (Boston: Long Bow Group, 1995), and published two collections of Chinese essays in Hong Kong.