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Talks on Jewish Studies in China (Session 1)

Presented by Professor Song Lihong (宋立宏), Nanjing University, China

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room

Jewish Studies in China: The New Frontier 

Jewish Studies is a small but growing field in China. The Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, founded in 1992 and renamed in 2007 for Los Angeles philanthropists Diane and Guilford Glazer, offers regular courses on Judaism, Jewish history and culture, and Holocaust studies. What kinds of issues may Chinese scholars in Judaic Studies encounter in a land which is neither Christian nor Muslim, and where Judaism and the animus against it are not deep-seated?  The talk will address the current situation and future prospects of Jewish studies in China.

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Chinese and Western Perspectives on the Jewish Community of Kaifeng: Towards a Fusion of Horizons 
Thursday, November 15, 2012 • 314 Royce Hall • 12 PM

The Jewish past in Kaifeng, China stretches back more than a thousand years.  Most scholars agree that a Jewish community existed in Kaifeng, once an important stop on the Silk Road, since the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127).  Some experts date the arrival of Jews to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) or even earlier. Since the discovery of the community by the Jesuits in the 17th century, it has triggered legions of scholarly activity. Working on the same historical evidence, however, Chinese and western scholars usually drew drastically different conclusions.  Reflections on the differences will not only lay bare the orientations of Jewish studies in China, but also shed light on the worlds in which we live. 

Lihong Song is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Deputy Director of the Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University. He has published numerous articles on Jews and Judaism in China. He is currently on leave, doing research at the University of Pennsylvania on Jewish-Gentile relations in Classical Antiquity.


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, Department of History, Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Center for Jewish Studies

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