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Objects of Addiction: A Conversation about Opium and Anti-Chinese Immigration Laws in the United States

October 28, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Opium pipe, China, Qing dynasty to Republican period, inscribed with cyclical date corresponding to 1868 or 1928. Water buffalo horn, metal, and ceramic. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.55.6.

Erika Lee, Bae Family Professor of History, Harvard University
Jolin Chan ’25, Harvard University; Student Board Member, Harvard Art Museums
Madison Stein ’24, Harvard University

Award-winning author and Harvard history professor Erika Lee will be in conversation with students Jolin Chan ’25 and Madison Stein ’24 about the role of opium in the restrictions on Chinese immigration in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade (September 15, 2023–January 14, 2024), which explores the entwined histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. These two commodities—acquired through both legal and illicit means—had profound effects on the global economy, public health, immigration law, education, and the arts that are reverberating still today.

Presented via Zoom. To register, please complete this online form.


October 28, 2023
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Harvard Art Museums


Presented via Zoom

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