Beginning in the late 1980s, much work has been done in China and in the UK and the USA to account more fully for China’s role in WWII. Much of that history remains traditional in its approach, recounting battles, tracing international relations, and narrating personal conflicts. By examining the writings of poets, dramatists, and authors, by analysing the work of painters, cartoonists, musicians, and film makers, and by studying the many works of history and other forms of scholarship written in the period, the Summer Institute China in a Global World War Two sought to recover the intellectual vitality and creativity of the period, providing a spur to less politicised and ideological readings of China’s wartime past as well as to a proper accounting of the role of the humanities in (and at) war. The Institute took place on 3 – 14 July 2017 at CRASSH. In the clip above, the Institute's two convenors, Professor Hans van de Ven and Professor Wen-Hsin Yeh, discuss the transformative impact of the war.
If you enjoyed this video, listen to 'Rewriting the History of the Sino-Japanese War', a conversation between Hans van de Ven and Phillip Adams on Late Night Live.
• Video by Imke van Heerden, with Hans van de Ven and Wen-Hsin Yeh