Joseph W. Esherick’s new book Ancestral Leaves follows one family through six hundred years of Chinese history from the fourteenth century through the Cultural Revolution. The lives of the Ye family—“Ye” means “leaf” in Chinese—reveal the human side of the large-scale events that shaped modern China: the vast and destructive rebellions of the nineteenth century, the economic growth and social transformation of the republican era, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Cultural Revolution under the Chinese Communists. Esherick will describe the process of writing from archival and oral history sources with the aim to illuminate the changing patterns of everyday life during rebellion, war, and revolution.
DATE: Thursday, July 14
VENUE: The Embassy of Romania, Ritan Lu Dong Er Jie (on the East side of Ritan Park)
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
REGISTRATION: email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know numbers and for security clearance
**Bring passport or photo ID**
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Joseph W. Esherick is Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the University of California’s EAP Beijing Study Center at Peking University. He is the author of The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (UC Press) and co-editor of The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, and many other books.