Book Talk on Giulio Aleni, Kouduo richao, and Christian–Confucian Dialogism in Late Ming Fujian (Monumenta Serica Monograph Series, vol. 69)
Song Gang, author of a recently published monograph on an important work of Ming dynasty Christian literature and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Hong Kong University, gave a Book Talk in the
HKU School of Chinese
on 15 May 2019, 4:30 to 6.00 p.m.,
at 4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus.
Professor Song’s study deals with the Kouduo richao (Diary of Oral Admonitions, 1630–1640), a work that records the dialogic exchanges between the Italian Jesuit Giulio Aleni (1582–1649) and other Jesuits as well as Chinese Christian converts in Fujian province. By offering the new approach of dialogic hybridization, the author not only treats dialogue as an important yet underestimated genre in late Ming Christian literature, but it also uncovers a self–other identity complex in the dialogic exchanges of the Jesuits and Chinese scholars.
Song Gang’s book Giulio Aleni, Kouduo richao, and Christian–Confucian Dialogism in Late Ming Fujian can be regarded as a companion volume to an earlier work in the Monumenta Serica Monograph Series, the renowned Dutch Sinologist Erik Zürcher’s annotated translation Kouduo richao. Li Jiubiao’s Diary of Oral Admonitions. A Late Ming Christian Journal which was published in 2007 in two volumes.