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Thu 23 Jul 2015, 5:30pm–6:45pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free


Reappraising Modernity after the Great War: An influential Chinese scholar’s disillusionment and re-evaluation of the West after visiting the Peace Conference at Versailles

A talk by Dr Limin Bai on Thursday 23 July, 5.30pm – 6.45pm at the National Library, corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets.

In the wake of the Great War Chinese intellectuals such as Liang Qichao (1873-1929) began to rethink their previous perception of the West, of modernity and of China’s future. Along with other influential scholars of the time, Liang travelled to Paris to support the Chinese delegation at the Paris Peace Conference held at the Palace of Versailles. His work, A Record of My Travel Impressions in Europe, provides readers with an image of a broken Europe after the Great War, which was a stark contrast to the modern and superior civilization he previously conceived and hoped for China. In his re-evaluation of the West and China’s future, Liang contemplated many topics including science, materialism, religion and cultural values.

Dr Limin Bai is a Senior Lecturer in the Chinese Programme in the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington. Her interests are Chinese history, society and culture, with particular interests in intelligentsia in late imperial China, and its influence on and contributions to education and culture.

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