景德鎮瓷器上的中外文化 (Mandarin Chinese lecture) / Chinese and Western Culture on Porcelain from Jindezhen
The San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum is pleased to announce a lecture in Mandarin by Professor Chunming Yu, organized with our partners at the SDSU Chinese Cultural Center:
Professor Chunming Yu will lecture in Mandarin Chinese on the influence of international trade on the design and types of ceramics produced in Jindezhen during the 16th-19th centuries. His Powerpoint file will be bilingual, and our hosts will provide a summary in English at the conclusion of his talk to facilitate the participation of non-Mandarin speaking attendees.
The following description (in Chinese, followed by English) provides a summary of his talk:
Trade between China and the West has thousands of years history. In the ancient times when transportation was scarce, in order to seek commercial opportunities, people would risk their lives and travel through the grasslands and deserts with business teams, riding horses or camels, or even walking, after months and years. The cultural elements carried by commodities have infiltrated each other with limited means of transportation and the harsh environment. Still during this time, many patterns in Chinese porcelain, silk, and carvings were from the West, and many Western crafts were from China. The craftsmen continue enriching the culture of other countries through the trade.
However, the Sino-foreign maritime trade during the 16th and 19th centuries was different from land trade. Commodities loaded into large sailing ships went from China to European and American countries. A large number of Chinese commodities circulated in the West, formed a Chinese style cultural fashion trend. Chinese porcelain is unique due to its daily necessity. The paintings on it became a carrier of culture. The durability of porcelain makes this kind of cultural influence from China lasted hundreds of years later. Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Qing dynasties produced in Jindezhen is still in circulation on the market and has become a witness to that period of Sino-foreign trade history.
This lecture is mainly based on different eras and different trading countries, taking into account the differences in politics, culture, and customs that affect the patterns and types of ceramics in Chinese and foreign trade. The main point of view is from the origin of the patterns to explain the export of Ming and Qing porcelain.
We will publish a link to the event registration page via the SDSU CCC’s Zoom meeting room in early December!
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