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Tuesday Afternoon Talk - From Saving Infants to Training Youths: The Transformation of Child Relief Work in Late Imperial and Early Republican China

A talk by Norm Apter, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Institutions devoted specifically to sheltering and feeding abandoned infants appeared initially in the Song dynasty and then, on a much greater scale, from the early Qing through the Republican periods. The first part of this presentation examines the spread, practices and conceptual underpinnings of these relief halls. The second part addresses the rise and agenda of a new type of orphanage that emerged in the wake of the Taiping Rebellion and was designed to take in, educate and train older, displaced children. Particular attention will be drawn to the historical legacy of this transition in the subsequent development of child welfare in China as well as to enduring patterns of state-society interaction in the arena of relief activity.


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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