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Modern China Lecture Series featuring Yajun Mo – Touring China: A History of Travel Culture, 1912–1949
Speaker: Yajun Mo, Boston College

When and under what circumstances did modern tourism infrastructure emerge and expand in China? How did the development of tourism shape print media and travel culture? This talk, based on Yajun Mo’s recently published book, Touring China: A History of Travel Culture, 1912-1949, explores these questions by tracing the roots of China’s domestic tourism to the first half of the twentieth century. More than simply introducing new practices and values associated with leisure mobility to the urban middle class, tourism and travel culture in the Republican period, Mo argues, enabled Chinese citizens to imagine an inherent unity to their country despite its territorial fragmentation.

Sep 29, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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