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Upcoming Talks on Archaeology of China & Taiwan

Two upcoming events hosted by the UBC Institute of Asian Research:

Bi for Heaven 通天之璧: Patterns and functions of jade bi-discs during the Han period

Sponsor: Centre for Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research
Place: 604 Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC
By: Professor Shuping Teng, National Palace Museum in Taipei
Type: Event
Dates: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 to Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Time: 16:00 – 17:30

The Centre for Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia is pleased to present the following talk by Professor Shuping Teng from the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Jade bi-discs were highly prized in the rituals and the people’s daily life during the Han Dynasty. In this lively presentation, through systematically analyzing archaeological finds and astutely reading historical texts concerning ancient astrology and cosmology, Professor Shuping Teng illustrates intertwined relationships between patterned decorations such as four divine creatures and the unique roles the bi-discs served in the formative phase of imperial China, and reveals the significance of jade bi-disc in the cultural history of Han Dynasty.

A world-renowned scholar in the study of Chinese jade, Professor Shuping Teng is chief curator emeritus and lifetime researcher at the National Palace Museum, Taiwan. Her primary research interest is the archaeology and art history of prehistoric and early China, particularly the history of Chinese jade carving. Professor Teng has curated a number of major jade exhibitions at the National Palace Museum. She is one of the most productive scholars in Taiwan, having published nine books and catalogues, as well as over one hundred articles, mostly on the archaeological and museum studies of archaic jades in China as well as other parts of Asia.


Taiwan’s Enigma: Recent Archaeological discoveries in Taiwan and their implications for the prehistory of Southeast Asia

Sponsor: Department of Anthropology, Centre for Chinese Research
Place: Room 134, Anthropology and Sociology Building, 6303 North West Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
By: Dr. Cheng-hwa Tsang, Institute of History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Type: Event
Dates: Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 to Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
Time: 11:30am–1:00pm

Until the European spread Indo-European languages far and wide after the middle of 15th century, Austronesian was the most widely distributed language family, spoken across 10,000 kilometers of coastline and sea from Madagascar in Africa to Easter Island in the Pacific.  The Austronesian dispersal are among the most challenging mysteries facing historians, linguists, geographers, archaeologists, as well as the public. Despite its small size, the island of Taiwan had a striking range of cultural diversity in prehistory; it is a key region for the enigma of Austronesian origin and dispersal.  In this presentation, Professor Tsang will discuss recent archaeological discoveries in Taiwan, which are relevant to the issue of what was the place of Taiwan in the transmission of the people and culture from the Asian continent into the Pacific.

Dr. Cheng-hwa Tsang is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of History and Philology in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Tsang’s research interests focus on the prehistoric archaeology in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and the management of cultural resources and heritages. Dr. Tsang is an academician in Academia Sinica.

Refreshments and reception will be served following colloquium in the graduate lounge at the Anthropology & Sociology Building.


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