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Missionary Cameras and Modern China in Global Imaginations
Visual technologies accompanied American missionaries as they undertook cultural, political and religious projects in Republican China through the first years of the People’s Republic. Their evolving visual practices and products; however, ultimately escaped the missionary mold and entered global imaginations, coloring American views of modern China alongside Chinese engagements with the world. In this talk, Joseph W. Ho explores intersections between image-making, contested identities and transnational ways of seeing – many of which transformed 20th century Sino-U.S. encounters on both sides of the lens.

• Joseph W. Ho, Assistant Professor of History, Albion College; Center Associate, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
• Paul Pickowicz, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies, UC San Diego (Moderator)

This webinar series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.

May 26, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Joseph W. Ho
Assistant Professor of History; Center Associate, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies @Albion College and University of Michigan
Joseph W. Ho is an assistant professor of History at Albion College and a center associate at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. His research concerns transnational visual culture in Sino-US encounters and modern East Asian history. Ho is the co-editor of “War and Occupation in China: The Letters of an American Missionary from Hangzhou, 1937-1938”, and author of “Developing Mission: Photography, Filmmaking, and American Missionaries in Modern China” Book link: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501760945/developing-mission/#bookTabs=1
Paul Pickowicz
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies @UC San Diego
Paul Pickowicz is distinguished professor emeritus of history at UC San Diego, and inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History. He has produced 20 books including Chinese Village, Socialist State (winner of the 1993 Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies), which details state exploitation at the village level. Another book, China on Film: A Century of Exploration, Confrontation, and Controversy, examines the history of Chinese cinema. He has won three distinguished teaching awards: UC San Diego Alumni Association (1998), Chancellor’s Associates (2009) and Academic Senate (2003). He is an associate producer of the documentary films China in Revolution, 1911-1949 (1989) and The Mao Years, 1949-1976 (1994). Pickowicz was honored by the German government in 2016 with a Humboldt Research Award for lifetime accomplishments in research and teaching.