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December 08, 2008

Sherman Cochran

Chinese Business Dynasty: Family Survival Strategies in War and Revolution

Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Sherman Cochran
Hu Shih Professor of History, Cornell University

How did a Chinese family survive the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 and the Communist Revolution of 1949? The strategies of one of China’s most economically dominant and politically influential families, the Lius of Shanghai, are revealed in more than 2,000 letters exchanged by its members: father, mother, nine sons, and three daughters. Their intimate correspondence provides a window on their decision making within their own family and in relation to the wider world of business, national politics, and international affairs.

Sherman Cochran is Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History at Cornell University where he teaches modern Chinese and Asian history. His publications include Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China, co-edited with David Strand (Berkeley, 2007) and Encountering Chinese Networks: Western Japanese, and Chinese Corporations in China, 1880-1937 (Berkeley, 2002). His 2006 publication Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia (Harvard University Press, 2006) won the 2008 Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association of Asian Studies for the “greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics or economy of China? since 1900.

Posted by batesbe at December 8, 2008 10:45 AM