Smash and Spit! Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China

Smash and Spit!  Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China

by Dr. Desmond Cheung, Assistant Professor of Chinese History, Portland State University

Faculty Focus Lecture – PSU Institute for Asian Studies

Thursday, November 20, 2014
4:30 pm
LOCATION:   PSU campus, Urban Center, 2nd Floor Gallery
506 SW Mill St, Portland    (Click for PSU parking info)

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.  He earned his 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). He has taught courses on the history of dynastic and modern China, which he seeks to place in a comparative and more global framework.


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.


For more info, contact:
The Institute for Asian Studies
Tel. 503-725-8576


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