Cultural Exchanges between China and Thailand, 1840-1949
China has a long cultural exchange relationship with Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand. The topic of this lecture will mainly discuss the cultural exchanges between China and Thailand over a century, from the outbreak of the First Opium War in 1840 to the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Both China and Thailand have undergone earth-shaking and major changes during this historical period. The exchanges between the two countries have also changed from official to non-governmental, especially the Chinese and overseas Chinese who have immigrated to Thailand. On the basis of an overview of the Sino-Thai cultural exchanges during this period, this lecture focuses on its characteristics and influences, hoping to give the audience some reference.
About the speaker
YANG Baoyun is a professor at the School of International Relations of Peking University and obtained his PhD from Paris 7 University (Université Paris Diderot). He has long been engaged in research in the fields of Southeast Asia, overseas Chinese, Asia-Europe relations and Sino-foreign cultural exchanges. He is currently the vice-president of the China Association for Southeast Asian Studies and the Advisor of academic affairs of the Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University, Thailand. His book Contribution à l’Histoire de la Principauté des Nguyên du Vietnam méridional (1600-1775), published in Geneva in 1992, won the 1994 Stanislas Julien Prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of the Institut de France. His other publications include Chinese Culture in Southeast Asia (1997, reprinted in 2009), Ancient History of Southeast Asia (associate editor, 2013), The ‘Belt and Road’ Country Overview: Cambodia (co-author, 2019), as well as numerous research papers in Chinese, French and English.
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