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Seminar: Monomania, Science, and the Birth of American Sinology
Date: 27 October 2010 

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk held as part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures' Seminar Series:

Monomania, Science, and the Birth of American Sinology

Dr. John R. Haddad
Penn State Harrisburg University
Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, American Studies

Date: 27 October 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: KK 1121 (KK Leung Building)

Your typical American in Canton in the nineteenth century had come to trade commodities or save souls. Yet China also attracted a handful of scientifically-minded individuals who regarded the country's great size and mystery as a personal challenge. Could they be the first to document, record, and explain China's people, customs, costumes, arts, literature, history, schools, and government - as well as its flora and fauna? Indeed, with this all-encompassing scope, they sought nothing less than total mastery of China as an intellectual category. In pursuit of this ambition, they produced written works as well as collections of artifacts, which they proudly published or displayed in the United States. Though not qualifying as Sinology, these early attempts to "know" China may have provided the foundation for the birth of this new academic field by century's end.

About the speaker:
John R. Haddad comes to Hong Kong University through the Fulbright Program. He currently holds a faculty position at Penn State Harrisburg University, where he teaches in the areas of American Popular Culture, American Literature, and Asian American Studies. Dr. Haddad is the author of one book and multiple articles, which all address American attempts to describe and understand China in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Hong Kong, he is conducting research on early Americans in the Pearl River Delta region - merchants, missionaries, and government officials.

All are welcome. No registration is required.
For enquiries, please contact Dr Marie Berne,

Please find below details of upcoming talks in the SMLC Seminar

November 3 (Wed), 4.30-6pm, Main Building Convocation Room
Dr. Victor Teo  (Japanese Studies)

November 17 (Wed), 4.30-6pm, Main Building Convocation Room
Dr. Marco Wan (Faculty of Law)

December 1st (Wed), 4.30-6pm, K.K. Leung Building Room LG109
Dr. Izumi Nakayama (Japanese Studies)

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