“Don't Fall off the World”: Armenian Communities in China from the 1880s to the 1950s

“Don't Fall off the World”: Armenian Communities in China from the 1880s to the 1950s

Science and Education

Description

Khatchig Mouradian, Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor, Columbia University

Hundreds of Armenians journeyed eastward to China in the late 19th century in search of opportunity, anchoring themselves in major cities, as well as in Harbin, a town that rose to prominence with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway. A few thousand others arrived in the region escaping the Armenian Genocide and turmoil in the Caucasus in the years that followed. Many of these Armenians coupled their personal success with a dedication to community life, helping build small but vibrant communities (even a church and community centers) in Harbin, Shanghai, Tientsin, and other cities, despite conflicts, war, and foreign occupation that beset the history of China in the first half of the 20th century. In this illustrated lecture, Mouradian presents the rich, yet understudied, history of the Armenian communities in China based on interviews and archival research conducted in China, Armenia, Lebanon, Europe, and the U.S.

When

Friday, March 3, 6:30pm

Where

Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027 Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027 Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027

Admission

The Event is Free of Charge

Organizers

Co-sponsored by The Armenian Center at Columbia University and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute

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