The PSU Institute for Asian Studies'
Faculty Focus Lecture Series
Smash and Spit! Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China
Dr. Desmond Cheung, Assistant Professor of Chinese History, Portland State University
This presentation will explore the smashing of statues at two famous sites in the city of Hangzhou during the Ming period (1368-1644): the Shrine to Yue Fei and the Buddhist sculptures at Lingyin Monastery's Feilaifeng. Dr.Cheung will consider the political and religious motives and meanings behind these acts of cultural violence and how such acts constitute a participation in a kind of public history.
About the speaker:
Desmond Cheung joined the PSU faculty in Fall 2013 as Assistant Professor of Chinese History. Prof. Cheung earned his B.A. (Honours) in Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge, and his M.A. in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was awarded the Ph.D. in History at the University of British Columbia in 2011. Professor Cheung’s research interests lie in the history of late imperial China, especially the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His current research projects are concerned with the Chinese jingshi (statecraft) tradition, the history of the Sino-European encounter that began in the sixteenth century, and the urban society of late imperial China, specifically the creation and representation of famous sites in the city of Hangzhou. He has taught courses on the history of dynastic and modern China, which he seeks to place in a comparative and more global framework. He is excited to teach Chinese, Asian, and world history at PSU.
Link to Dr. Desmond Cheung's PSU faculty webpage --> http://www.pdx.edu/history/bio-cheung
Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies, this lecture is part of the quarterly IAS Faculty Focus Lecture Series and is one of several international focused events taking place during International Education Week (November 17-21, 2014) at PSU.