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Royal Asiatic Society Shanghai – Tushanwan Craft School in Shanghai – 9/5/18

Posted: May 5th, 2018 | No Comments »
Wednesday, 9th May 2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
RAS Library

Tushanwan Craft School in Shanghai

Speaker: Julie Chun

With the exception of Shanghai history specialists and the curious wayward wanderer, even some of the city’s local residents do not know about the small building inscribed ‘T’ou-se-we Museum’ (also known as Tushanwan  土山湾Museum) on its red façade. The remnants of the former Spanish-styled compound of dormitories, classrooms, and workshops on the sprawling 5.5 hectares is now but a mere shadow which once housed, fed, and taught many destitute young Chinese boys. While rich in history, the quaint and well-kept museum unfortunately possesses only a few actual artefacts produced during the period when the orphanage was instituted in 1864 until its formal closure in 1962. The craft school, which was distinctly tied to the identity of the orphanage, served a crucial social and artistic need in Shanghai for over 90 years during times of both political turmoil and commercial prosperity. By incorporating the evidence of recent scholarship, Art Historian Julie Chun seeks to re-address and re-evaluate the legacy of Xuhui’s understudied history, which continues to remain relatively insular to the world- at-large.

About the speaker

Julie Chun is an independent art historian and lecturer based in Shanghai since 2011. She serves as the Art Convener of the Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai, where she delivers monthly lectures at museums and galleries to widen the public’s understanding of artistic objects, past and present. She lectures frequently on art for the various foreign Consulate General offices in Shanghai and as an adjunct professor for The Alliance for Global Education at Shanghai at the University of Finance and Economics. She is a regular contributor to Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Artand is also the Honorary Editor of the Journal Royal Asiatic Society.

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