2019 Chang Lectures shed light on archaeological discoveries and Sino-Japanese trade
The Department of History invited Curator-in-chief Dr Fang Qin, from the Hubei Provincial Museum, Mainland China, and Research Fellow Professor Liu Shiuh-feng, from the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, to speak at the 2019 Professor Chang Chuen Memorial Public Lectures.
In his lecture, “Orthodox Music and Metal Resources: Archaeological Discoveries and Study of the Zeng State”, Dr Fang Qin introduced the latest archaeological discoveries from the Zeng state in ancient China. In particular, he spoke from multiple perspectives about material culture and inscriptions from the Zeng state, which have attracted the attention of archaeologists and historians worldwide.
Examining the history of maritime East Asia during the Ming and Qing eras, Professor Liu’s lecture on “Sino-Japanese Trade and Cultural Exchange during the Edo Period” showed how Edo Japan, despite maintaining an isolationist policy, continued to develop international exchanges across the East China Sea. In his lecture, Professor Liu specifically focused on the significance of Nagasaki, as it was the main port for trade and cultural exchange.