CHSNE’s 20th Anniversary Lecture Series: Prof. Da Zheng on Chiang Yee

By David Li,

On Saturday, August 4, Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) will present a free public lecture by Suffolk University Professor and CHSNE board member Da Zheng, author of Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East. This lecture is part of CHSNE’s 20th anniversary lecture series, and is co-sponsored by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).

Dr. Zheng will recount Chiang Yee’s transnational experiences, which were interwoven with the modern history of China, the battle to save England during World War II, the red scare in the United States in the 1950s, and thawing Sino-­American relations in the 1970s.

In an email to reporter, Dr. Ronald Suleski, diretor of Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University wrote: “Our colleague Da Zheng will describe Chiang Yee’s personal encounters with racial exclusion and immigration laws, displacement, exile, and the pain he experienced while maintaining a popular public image. The talk is sponsored by CHSNE, of which Dr. Zhang is a board member.”

According to Prof. Suleski, Dr. Zhang recently spoke at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Dr. Zheng is the world’s foremost expert on Chiang Yee, an important writer, commentator and painter, who has ties to Boston and to New York City, as well as to England, where he spent many years of his life.

This lecture will be moderated by CHSNE Board Member Peter Kiang, Professor of Education and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at UMass Boston and is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Wang Foundation.

The following is detailed information about the lecture.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: 2:00-­4:00 PM
Location: BCNC, 38 Ash Street, Boston
RSVP by August 3 to [email protected]