In November, we will welcome ChiaYin Hsu. She will be presenting
Railroad Technocracy, Urban Dreams, and Imperial Lieux de Mémoire in Russian Émigrés? Manchuria, 1917-1930s
Manchuria, in northern China, became a refuge for Russian émigrés after the Russian Revolution, among them many railroad engineers and other technical professionals. Russian émigré professionals became privileged figures modeling an industrial, urban future for nationalist Chinese even as they helped to maintain the railroad as part of a defunct Russian empire. This paper explores how conceptions of history and memory worked into the formation of a racialized national identity among Russian émigrés, whose experience was shaped by European imperial dreams, colonial privilege, and confrontation with Asian (in particular Chinese) modernizing aspirations.
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