Cambridge, MA Sep 25-26 Event: Shen Congwen and Modern China

International Symposium: Shen Congwen and Modern China

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015, 10:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00am
Location: Room S020 | CGIS South | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge, MA


  • Shen Congwen and the May Fourth: Nativism, Regional Culture, and The Polemics of Realism
  • Shen Congwen during the Revolutionary Era: Art as a Form of Resistance; Revolutionism vs. Liberalism; The Poetics of Self-Negation
  • Shen Conwen after 1949: the Politics of Esoteric Writing; Shen Congwen as an Art Historian.
  • Shen Congwen and His Legacy: Critical Lyricism in Modern China

The author was born 1902 in Fenghuang Country, Hunan, of mixed Han, Miao and Tujia heritage but reportedly hid his non-Han origins nearly until his death in the 80s.

HK Literary Festival: China-related Events to Attend (Oct 31, Nov 3)

October 31

Xu Zechen: Running Through Beijing

  • Xu Zechen’s Running Through Beijing introduces us to Dunhuang, a lost soul who has recently been released from prison for selling fake IDs. Xu draws on his real-life experiences to guide us through an underworld of thievery, pornography, prison, bribery and police in this heart-breaking and thrilling journey. With interpreter and moderator Sebastian Veg.

Mike Meyer In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland

  • For three years, Mike Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown to his wife’s family whose personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing. In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, travelogue, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China’s northeast territory.

November 3

David Bandurski: Dragons in Diamond Village

  • David Bandurski spent nearly ten years reporting and researching for his latest book Dragons in Diamond Village. Packed with intimate portraits and in-depth journalism, it is a stunning and detailed work of non-fiction, which tells one of the most important stories of our time: what is actually happening on the front lines of China’s unpredictable and unprecedented journey towards urbanization?

Aug 10-11 Hailar Event: 3rd Annual Tungusic Language and Culture Conference


Date: August 10-11, 2015

Venue: Hailar District, Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia

Organizer/Sponsors: CASS Institute of Ethnic Literature, Hulunbuir College, Hulunbuir Institute of History and Culture Research

Topics: History, culture, religious beliefs, literature, folk arts and socio-economic status of Tungusic peoples: within the PRC (Hezhen, Evenki, Oroqen, Manchu and Xibe); in Russia’s Far East and Siberia; in Mongolia (Tsaatan); in Japan (Ainu); and the interaction of Tungusic peoples with other peoples of northeast Asia, such as the Mongols, those of Turkic origins, Nordic Sami, Koreans and Japanese.  

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One of the key personalities on the organizing committee is Dr. Chao Ke (Dulor Osor Chog), a renowned Evenki scholar who has written widely on Tungusic culture and language. See here for details on his latest published works.

Hong Kong and Cambridge Events: Spotlight on the Tungus-speaking Orochen and Evenki

Event: The Orochen – China’s Last Nomadic Hunters, a Royal Geographical Society presentation by Sih Hing Chao (founder of the Orochen Foundation)

Venue: 1/F The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

Time/date: June 16, Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm

Reservations/info: (HK$150 for RGS members, HK$200 for non-members)

The Orochen [鄂伦春] first entered Chinese historic annals during Emperor Kangxi’s reign as reindeer herders, but gradually gave up the reindeer for the horse. Over time, they developed a nomadic horse-breeding hunter-gatherer culture highly specialised in the hunting of various deer species prevalent in the Khingan Mountains.

During the Qing dynasty, the Orochen played a significant role in the Manchu imperial military forces, as part of the “all-conquering” Solon Eight Banners [索伦八旗], which consisted of a number of horse-based ethnic groups. The Solon Banners fought in campaigns as far-flung across Asia as Nepal, Sichuan, Korea and Vietnam, providing the finest cavalry for the imperial troops. 


Event: River Stars Reindeer, exhibition of photos of the Evenki and Orochen communities in the early 20th century

Venue: Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Time/date: June 23 to September 27, 2015

Previously unseen photographs capturing life in a remote corner of the world a hundred years ago will be displayed for the first time as part of  “River Stars Reindeer” at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

A shaman, a shamaness, and a Achinsk Lama with their helpers (photo by Sergei Shirokogoroff)

A shaman, a shamaness, and a Achinsk Lama with their helpers (photo by Sergei Shirokogoroff)


The photographs record the indigenous Evenki [鄂温克] and Orochen [鄂伦春] communities and were made by Russian ethnographer Sergei Shirokogoroff and his wife Elizabeth between 1912-1917, and by Cambridge graduate Ethel Lindgren and her husband, Oscar Mamen, between 1929-1932.