Posted: August 31st, 2012 | No Comments »
Now available in my China Monographs series along with Lao She in London – two more planned for 2013 and now underway…..
Knowledge Is Pleasure
Florence Ayscough in Shanghai
RAS China in Shanghai series
August 2012 176 pp. 6 colour, 15 b/w illus.
Paperback ISBN 978-988-8139-59-0 HK$120 / US$18.00
“Lindsay Shen has brought Florence Ayscough to life and painted a fascinating picture of the many aspects of the life of the foreign community in old Shanghai. Using enchanting prose, Lindsay shows us a scholarly and unusual woman who, in her study of Chinese language and culture, was ahead of her times.” — Jane Portal, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Florence Ayscough is a poet, translator, Sinologist, Shanghailander, avid collector, pioneering photographer and early feminist champion of women’s rights in China.
- This book examines how a wealthy western woman in Concession-era Shanghai became regarded as one of the most perspicacious and sympathetic interpreters of China in the English-speaking world.
- It contributes to both popular knowledge and scholarly discourse on the history of how westerners have understood and written about China.
Lindsay Shen is an associate professor at Sino-British College, Shanghai, and Honorary Editor for the Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai. She has published in the fields of design and museum studies in Europe and the United States.