Session Abstract: This panel puts forth new perspectives to position Qing China in modern Northeast Asia by examining the dimensions of space and time through three focal points. It sets innovative parameters for “Northeast Asia” in the context of the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. The papers address both the physical region of the Qing empire that was situated in the intersectional region of multiple states and distinct societies as well as the mutual impact of the empire as a whole on Northeast Asia. They further pursue the conceptions of temporality through intellectual flows of Qing-generated knowledge beyond the empire’s existence and places outside of China. Ling-Wei Kung examines how information about the Manchu language was transmitted outward to Japan and Germany during the mid and late Qing. Yuanchong Wang demonstrates the legacy of the Qing imperial calendar on the time measurement and state-building of nationalist, communist, and Manchukuo regimes. Like Kung’s focus on the transmission of knowledge to multiple destinations, Nianshen Song investigates the connection between the Qing-Chosôn cultural frontier and Tibetan Buddhism in the physical and political nexus of Mukden. Loretta Kim also explores previously underexplored synergies between distinct Northeast Asian cultures through a case study of Manchu-language personal names, which will also speak to the conception of “Manchu” in Kung’s research and the legacy of Qing institutions as in Wang’s work.
Paper Presenter: Loretta E. Kim – University of Hong Kong
Paper Presenter: Nianshen Song – University of Maryland
Paper Presenter: YuanChong Wang – University of Delaware
Paper Presenter: Ling-Wei Kung – Columbia University