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RAS Beijing – 13/1/20 – “BLEEDING HEARTS: The Tianjin Massacre of 1870”, with Jeremiah Jenne

Posted: December 29th, 2020 | No Comments »

The Tianjin Massacre of 1870

by Jeremiah Jenne

WHAT: “BLEEDING HEARTS: The Tianjin Massacre of 1870”, by Jeremiah Jenne (Livestreamed via Zoom as well as in-person)
WHEN: Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021 online from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Beijing Standard Time. (In-person attendees may arrive at 7:00 PM)
WHERE: The Courtyard Institute, #28 Zhonglao Hutong, Beijing

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: In 1870, tales of kidnapping and sorcery swirled around the city of Tianjin. The local magistrate wanted to investigate the charges of witchcraft being made against a group of Catholic nuns. The head of the mission, a French soldier turned priest, vowed to protect the Faith. France’s consul in Tianjin insisted the missionaries were protected from prosecution by treaties signed with the Chinese government. In the middle was a hapless Manchu official unable to keep the peace. On June 21, 1870, the city of Tianjin exploded into a day of rage and violence which shocked the world and revealed the perilous position of foreign missionaries in 19th century China. Writer and historian Jeremiah Jenne uses newly available archival materials from France and China to bring this story of magic and violence to life in a special presentation for the Royal Asiatic Society of Beijing.

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and history teacher based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History for over 14 years and has written on China for publications including The Economist, Radio China, South China Morning Post, the Journal of Asian Studies, and The World of Chinese. He is  frequently asked to speak or lead workshops on Chinese history, culture, and cultural adaptation to schools, organizations, and company groups from around the world, including RASBJ. Jeremiah is the proprietor of Beijing by Foot, which does research on Old Peking, hosts educational programs, and organizes historic walking tours of Beijing’s most famous sites and less-traveled byways.

HOW MUCH: This event is free and exclusively for members of the RASBJ and other RAS branches.  If you know someone who wants to join the RASBJ, please ask them to sign up at least 48 hours before the event via our website at https://rasbj.org/membership/  

HOW TO JOIN THIS EVENT IN PERSON: Email events@rasbj.org . Seating will be limited.

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