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978-0-7391-6850-9 • Hardback • August 2014 • $142.00 • (£109.00)
978-0-7391-6851-6 • eBook • August 2014 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
Shuhua Fan is associate professor in history at the University of Scranton.
Introduction: Understanding a Transnational Cultural Project
Chapter 1: Creating a Transnational Institution (1924–1928)
Chapter 2: The Project Successfully Launched (1928–1937)
Chapter 3: Operating under Wartime Adversity (1937–1945)
Chapter 4: Frustrated Dreams of Recovering Chinese humanities (1945–1949)
Chapter 5: The End of an American Enterprise in China (1949–1951)
Conclusion: The HYI’s Cultural Engineering as a Bridge between East and West
This is the engaged and engaging story behind the Harvard-Yenching Institute’s high achievements in reconstructing China’s cultural heritage for the emerging Chinese nation. The story reveals American idealistic globalism and benevolent arrogance, Chinese intellectual creativity and political bickering in the face of war and revolution, and vivid personalities on both sides of the Pacific.
— Charles W. Hayford, visiting scholar, Department of History, Northwestern University; editor, Journal of American-East Asian Relations
Based on extensive archival research, this first detailed analysis of the Harvard-Yenching Institute offers new insights into the complex processes involved in transplanting Western scientific methodologies in humanities scholarship into China and simultaneously introducing knowledge of China to American universities. The remaking of the humanities in China, however, included the idea of ‘cultural engineering’ that would create a liberal culture that incorporated the ‘good elements’ of traditional culture. In addition to its careful analysis of the changing domestic and international forces that undermined the appeal of humanistic liberalism, the book assigns greater agency to the Chinese side and reveals internal conflicts among constituent parties over priorities, allocation of resources, and goals. As such, the book offers valuable insights into questions of national identity and efforts to export exchanges of new bodies of knowledge.
— Arthur Lewis Rosenbaum, Claremont McKenna College