A few years ago, I called my grandparents' home on my grandma's 90th birthday, mostly hoping to wish her birthday greetings and chat a little, but also, for a brief moment, hoping to accompany her, however implicitly, in the mourning for her younger sister whose death had come not even two weeks earlier. My grandpa…Read more Knit together
What are we supposed to do with our plenty?
The following entry comes from a thread I posted on Twitter today that I'd been mulling over for about a week. If you'd prefer to read it over there, click here. I know I sometimes sound cavalier about the horrors depicted in the texts and images I work with from nineteenth century China, especially related…Read more What are we supposed to do with our plenty?
“What times are these?” (1854)
When I tell people about my research on late Qing baojuan, I talk about how ordinary lives can animate history. Non-official histories and religious texts can give us a poignant sense of daily concerns and their solutions. My work gives voice again to long-silent popular perspectives on the late Qing, some anonymous, some by named…Read more “What times are these?” (1854)