School of Chinese Seminar
Literati Networks and Communication during the Jin-Yuan Transition: A Study of the Letters to Lü Xun inEpistolary Writings of the Central Plain
朱銘堅博士 Dr. Ming Kin CHU
Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Abstract On the basis of about thirty letters addressed to Lü Xun in the fourteenth-century letter collection Epistolary Writings of the Central Plain, this presentation reconstructs the movement of Lü Xun and his epistolary network in the northern territories during the Jin-Yuan transition. It reveals how Lü Xun served as a bridge between two core groups of Confucian scholars in the early Yuan. Through an analysis of the content and historical context of various letters to Lü Xun, we can see how literati in the north conveyed requests and encouragements and supported each other during difficult times.
About the Speaker Ming Kin CHU holds a PhD degree in History from Lingnan University. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor in The Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology at Hong Kong Baptist University. Previously he has been a lecturer in the Department of History at Hong Kong Shue Yan University and a postdoctoral research associate at King’s College London and Leiden University. His research interests include political, educational, institutional, social and cultural history in Middle-period China (Five Dynasties, Song and Yuan) and Chinese historiography.
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