China Seminar 20 Nov: The Nanjing Government’s Propaganda

China Seminar 20 November 2013


The Nanjing Government’s Propaganda and Its Trans-National News Network


Shuge Wei, The Australian National University


When Chiang Kai-shek established the Nanjing government in 1928, the Republic of China was in many respects a weak country subjected to foreign powers. Japan’s invasion in the 1930s further challenged the territorial sovereignty of the nation. Without strong military and economic power, the Nanjing government only had limited means to withstand Japanese aggression. International propaganda was one of the strategies to win the support of Western powers for China’s resistance against Japan. Yet international propaganda had thus far been a privilege of powerful nations that could afford to build international news agencies and networks to transmit their views. For a nation without an international news agency, nor full sovereignty over cable transmissions within its own territory, how could China compete with Japan to make its case heard in the international world?


My presentation will challenge the perceived passivity of China’s international propaganda and trace China’s propaganda efforts in the English-language press from the establishment of the Nanjing government (1928) to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (1941). It argues that English propaganda was an important means for the Nationalist government to resist Japan’s military aggression and to restore China’s sovereignty in the absence of a strong military and economic capacity. The development of China’s propaganda system was a transnational process, shaped in part by the treaty-port English-language press in China and facilitated by the cooperation between bilingual elites and propaganda officials.


Shuge Wei is currently a Research Fellow at the School of Culture History and Language at Australian National University. A communications studies scholar at heart, she studied China’s image in contemporary American movie (BA thesis); and a comparison between commercial and public media in the USA (MA thesis) before she turned to her attention to propaganda. She obtained her PhD in 2012 with the study entitled To Win the West: China’s Propaganda in English-Language Press, 1928–1941.


Location: Arsenaal 001, Leiden University

Time: 15:15-17.00 p.m.

This is the fifth lecture in the China Seminar series of this academic year.

Vier Chinese Box Office Hits op het Leiden International Film festival 1-10 November

Vier Chinese Box Office Hits op het Leiden International Film festival!

Caught in the web van Chen Kaige

zaterdag 2 nov, 14:30

donderdag 7 nov, 20:45


Beijing blues van Gao Qunshu

zondag 3 nov, 16:00

zaterdag 9 nov, 17:00


So Young van Zhao Wei

zondag 3 nov, 20:45

woensdag 6 nov, 21:00


Back to 1942 van Feng Xiaogang

dinsdag 5 nov, 18:00

zondag 10 nov, 12:00


voor meer informatie (ook over de vele andere topfilms van het festival) en kaartverkoop:

China seminar 6 Nov on Mandarin Chinese “Heart” Expressions


China Seminar


Date: Wednesday 6 November 2013

Time and place: 15:15, Arsenaal 001


A Pragmatic Analysis of Mandarin Chinese Heart Expressions



Shelley Ching-yu Hsieh

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands






This study discusses the Chinese lexeme xin “heart” and its expressions, based on Sweetser’s mind-as-body hypothesis (1990). The meaning of Chinese heart can be subsumed under physical action or mental activity. According to pragmatic discourses, xin-expressions can be classified into four categories: (1) individual behavior or character, (2) interpersonal behavior, (3) people and event, and (4) people and community.


We examined xin-expressions in two Chinese corpora of Academia Sinica to illustrate the pragmatic evolution of xin. The result shows that the use of xin-expressions in individual discourse becomes more frequent. There are innovations in the discourse of interpersonal behavior; those in the discourse of people and event change over time. All these are developing toward the tide of globalization.


The linguistic subfields of Semantics and Pragmatics are not distinct from one another, but have virtual interactions between each other which are confirmed in this study.






This is the fourth lecture in the China Seminar series of this academic year.

China seminar 16 October Bei Ling on literature in exile

Speaker: 貝嶺 Bei Ling

我的祖國不再是中國,我的祖國是漢語——貝嶺,一個有’家’難回的流亡作家心中的流亡文學  (No longer is China my motherland; my motherland is Chinese – Literature in exile according to Bei Ling)


China Seminar: 16 October 2013

Time: 15-17 p.m.

Location: Arsenaal, room 001.

This is the third talk in the China seminar series 2013-2014. Please note: this talk will be held in Chinese.

Information about the talks in the months to come will follow soon.

China Seminar 2 October

China Seminar


Prosody and its syntactic effects in Chinese


by Feng Shengli

Chinese University of Hong Kong


This talk discusses prosody and its effects on Chinese grammar. It attempts to show that prosody (both monosyllabic foot and disyllabic foot) may be the key to understanding Chinese grammar in the past and the present with respect to not only phonology but also morphology and syntax.


Issues to be discussed (more or less elaborately) foot structure in Old Chinese and the parallel developments of the tonal system; disyllabic foot; sentential final particles; as well as other features which have been claimed to have played a role in the typological change Chinese is supposed to have undergone from syntheticity to analyticity.



date: Wednesday 2 October 2013

time: 15:15-17:00

place: Arsenaal, room 001


This is the second talk in the China seminar series 2013-2014.

Information about the talks in the months to come will follow soon.

cursus “Chinees voor alumni”

Op veler verzoek!

“Chinees voor alumni”

Speciaal voor alumni van de opleiding Chinees (TCC/CS; “Sinologie”) van de Universiteit Leiden, die na hun afstuderen niet of weinig met hun Chinees doen/gedaan hebben en hun kennis op dat gebied graag op een rustige en leuke manier willen bijspijkeren organiseren het Confucius Instituut en het Academische Talen Centrum van Universiteit Leiden een opfriscursus.

Voor meer informatie (en om een idee te krijgen van het multimediale lesmateriaal):


China: Leiden Lezingen en Activiteiten / Symposium Announcement: Chinese Art and Material Culture in a Global Context: Objects of Study and Disciplinary Frameworks


International Symposium

Chinese Art and Material Culture in a Global Context:

Objects of Study and Disciplinary Frameworks


Wednesday 18 September 2013, from 3 to 6 pm

The National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, Leiden


This symposium will bring together scholars who engage with Chinese art and material culture from various angles, within Sinology, Social Science, Art History, (Comparative) History, the History of Collecting, and curatorial practice. Two presentations on the subject of Chinese art and material culture and on the disciplinary context of (Global) Art History will be followed by a roundtable discussion by museum curators and academics based in Taiwan, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands, combining case study-specific arguments with overarching claims pertaining to the fields in which participant scholars place the ‘Chinese object’. The discussion will address Chinese artifacts introduced by the participants, and propositions on the relationship between Chinese art & material
culture and ‘the global’, such as:


–          Material culture can be understood as both ‘local’ in the specific combination of elements selected, and ‘global’ in the wider repertoire from which they are drawn.


–          The history of interactions, flows and encounters requires comparative knowledge of all partners in the exchange: mentalities, institutions, and individuals.


–          Art historians (of China) need to be historians of the object in context: social, religious, economic, political, and so forth.


–          In both historical terms and in the contemporary world, any analysis of art and material culture is dependent on an understanding of value that transcends the simple binary of economic and aesthetic values; attending to questions of physical materiality and of technology offer particularly productive points of entry to an expanded conception of valuation.


All are welcome! Please register at or





Welcome by Maghiel van Crevel (Sinology, Leiden University; secretary,

Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation; director, LIAS)

Welcome by Laura van Broekhoven (head of research, The National Museum of Ethnology)


15:05-16:10                              PART ONE: Presentations

Chair: Menno Fitski (curator of East Asian Art, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)


15:05-15:30 Shih Ching-fei (Art History, National Taiwan University):

Chinese Art and Material Culture in a Global Context: Canton, the Qing Court and the Holy Roman Empire


Anne Gerritsen (History, Warwick University; Kikkoman Chair for Asia-Europe

Intercultural Dynamics, Leiden University)



Monica Juneja (Global Art History, Heidelberg University): Material Encounters:

Can Peripatetic Objects Challenge the Disciplinary Frame of Art History? 


Kitty Zijlmans (Art History, Leiden University; director, LUCAS)


15:55-16:10                  Discussion

16:10-16:25                  Coffee Break


16:25-18:00                              PART TWO: Round Table

Chair: Maghiel van Crevel


16:25-16:55                  Brief Introductions of Selected Objects of Study

Svetlana Kharchenkova (Social Science, University of Amsterdam) on Liu Bing, Over the Crowd, 2012, and the Direct Auctioning of New Artworks in China


Willemijn van Noord (Eastern Art, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery) on a Shang dynasty fang ding (rectangular caldron) and The taotie Motif in the Context of Global Material Culture


Paramita Paul (Sinology, Leiden University) on the Lantau Big Buddha built by Po Lin Chan monastery, completed in 1993, and Contexts of the Colossal


Wang Wenxin (Sinology, Leiden University) on Sitting beside Chrysanthemums and Holding a Pocket Watch from the series Twelve Beauties of Prince Yong by an unidentified artist from the imperial workshop and The Making of Self and Other in a Qing Court Painting      


Eline van den Berg (Chinese Art and Archeology, Society of the Friends of Asian Art) on a sancai Tang dynasty horse and its transformation From Burial Figurine to Household ‘Art’


16:55-17:45                  Round Table

Jeroen Duindam (Comparative History, Leiden University)

Anne Gerritsen (History, Warwick University; Kikkoman Chair for Asia-Europe Intercultural Dynamics, Leiden University)

Lennert Gesterkamp (Sinology, independent scholar)

Christiaan Jörg (former curator of Decorative Arts, Groningen)

Mark Meadow (History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara)

Barend ter Haar (Sinology, University of Oxford)

Jan van Campen (curator of Asian Export Art, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

Willem van Gulik (former chair of East Asian Art and Material Culture, Leiden University)

Thijs Weststeijn (Art History, University of Amsterdam)


17:45-18:00                  Wrap-up

Anna Grasskamp (Art History, Leiden University; Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University)


18:00-19:00 Drinks for all in the café of The National Museum of Ethnology


Please also see attached file and:


This symposium is organized by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) and the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), and hosted by the National Museum of Ethnology, with generous support from the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation for the advancement of education and research in the archeology, art, and material culture of China at Leiden University.


CHINA SEMINAR: August 28, 2013 | Anna Sun | Confucianism as a World Religion

Confucianism as a World Religion:
Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities

Speaker: Anna SUN (Kenyon College)
Date and time: Wed August 28, 2013, 15-17h
Venue: Eijkhof 1 room 3C
Language: English

In this talk, Anna Sun presents the main arguments of her recent book: “Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities.”

Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn’t? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century archives, to the testimony of people interviewed by the author throughout China over a period of more than a decade, this book traces the birth and growth of the idea of Confucianism as a world religion.

The book begins at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century, when Friedrich Max Müller and James Legge classified Confucianism as a world religion in the new discourse of “world religions” and the emerging discipline of comparative religion. Anna Sun shows how that decisive moment continues to influence the understanding of Confucianism in the contemporary world, not only in the West but also in China, where the politics of Confucianism has become important to the present regime in a time of transition. Contested histories of Confucianism are vital signs of social and political change.

Sun also examines the revival of Confucianism in China today and the social significance of the ritual practice of Confucian temples. While the Chinese government turns to Confucianism to justify its political agenda, Confucian activists have started a movement to turn Confucianism into a religion. Confucianism as a world religion might have begun as a scholarly construction, but are we witnessing its transformation into a social and political reality?

With historical analysis, extensive research, and thoughtful reflection, Confucianism as a World Religion will engage all those interested in religion and global politics at the beginning of the Chinese century.

Anna Sun is Associate Professor of Sociology at Kenyon College. She has a joint appointment in sociology and Asian studies. She received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University, and she was a fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2010-11. Her book Confucianism as a World Religion was published in April 2013 by Princeton University Press.

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Chinese filmladder 19-26 juli

in de bioscoop:

THE GRANDMASTER (Yi dai zongshi), r: Wong Kar-wai, China 2013, met o.a. Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi en Zhang Zhen. Te zien in Helmond. Voor tijden raadpleeg

IO SONO LI (Shun Li and the Poet), r: Andrea Segre, Italië 2012, met o.a. Zhao Tao, de muse van Jia Zhangke. Te zien in Amsterdam (Ketelhuis en Rialt0), Arnhem (Focus Filmtheater), Den Haag (Filmhuis),  Maastricht (Lumière), Rotterdam (Lantaren-Venster), Nijmegen (Lux) en Utrecht (‘t Hoogt). Voor tijden raadpleeg en de websites van de bioscopen.

op de televisie:

vr 19 Veronica 20.30-22.30 uur MR. NICE GUY, r: Sammo Hung, HK/Aus/VS 1997, actiekomedie met Jackie Chan

za 20 Ned 2 10.25-10.55 uur Frylân DOK, Familiebedrijf Spanninga

vr 26 Veronica 20.30-22.10 uur FIRST STRIKE (Jingcha gushi 4: Jiandan renwu), r: Stanley Tong, HK/Rusl/Aus/VS 1996, actiekomedie met Jackie Chan


Chinese filmladder 12-19 juli

in de bioscoop:

THE GRANDMASTER (Yi dai zongshi), r: Wong Kar-wai, China 2013, met o.a. Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi en Zhang Zhen. Te zien in Gouda en Helmond. Voor tijden raadpleeg

op de televisie:

vr 12 Canvas 19.02-20.00 uur  CHINA VOOR BEGINNERS

vr 12 Veronica 20.30-22.10 uur THE MEDALLION, r: Gordon Chan, HK/VS 2003, actiekomedia met Jackie Chan

za 13 RTL 5 20.00-22.30 uur THE GREEN HORNET, r: Michel Gondry, VS 2011, actiefilm met o.a. Jay Chou

vr 19 Veronica 20.30-22.30 uur MR. NICE GUY, r: Sammo Hung, HK/Aus/VS 1997, actiekomedia met Jackie Chan