Recovering First Patients: De-perilizing the Anglophone Pandemic Archive on SARS

April 29, 2021

Rethinking World Literature: China as Method

Sponsored by the Asian Cosmopolitanisms Lab of IHGC at the University of Virginia

Belinda Kong (Bowdoin College), May 14, 2021, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm EST

Recovering First Patients: De-perilizing the Anglophone Pandemic Archive on SARS 

As the first global pandemic of the 21st century, the 2003 SARS outbreak was as an uncanny precursor to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Who were its first patients, how were they narrated by the anglophone media, and what alternative archives can we look to to reconstruct their stories? Focusing on three SARS index cases—the first patients in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore—this talk examines anglophone formations of sinophobic racism and bioorientalism as they intersect with contemporary global discourses of infectious disease crisis. 

Belinda Kong is John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English at Bowdoin College. She is author of Tiananmen Fictions Outside the Square: The Chinese Literary Diaspora and the Politics of Global Culture (Temple University Press 2012) and is working on a new book project, What Lived Through SARS: Chronicles of Pandemic Resilience, which examines global pandemic discourses around the 2003 SARS epidemic, with focus on everyday cultures of epidemic life that emerged from the outbreak’s epicenters in China and Hong Kong. 

Please join the event with the following link:

Meeting ID: 954 1521 3770

Passcode: 547362

"The Subjectivity of the Translator" with Jeremy Tiang

April 16, 2021

Please join us Wednesday evening, April 21, at 7pm EST for a special talk by author and translator Jeremy Tiang. 


The Subjectivity of the Translator

Jeremy Tiang discusses the process of translating the late Yeng Pway Ngon's Unrest (available from, and what it means to be a Singaporean Chinese translator working within his own community and culture. What happens to the metaphor of translation as a 'bridge' when both ends of the bridge are located in the same place? Can the translator truly be neutral, or should we pay more attention to who is doing the translating?

Jeremy Tiang is a novelist, playwright and translator from Chinese. His translations include novels by Yeng Pway Ngon, Su Wei-Chen, Yan Ge, Zhang Yueran, Lo Yi-Chin, Chan Ho-Kei and Li Er. His plays include Salesman之死, A Dream of Red Pavilions, and translations of scripts by Chen Si’an, Wei Yu-Chia, Quah Sy Ren and others. His novel State of Emergency won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. He lives in Flushing, Queens, and is a member of the translation collective Cedilla & Co.


Apr 21, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Follow this link to the registration page!

East Asian Cultural Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2021

All are welcome to join the "East Asian Cultural Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic" webinar, scheduled for Monday, April 26, 7:00- 8:30 PM EST. 

Event registration is available at:

The event is sponsored by the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities through the Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture.

While policy and strategy decisions have dominated mainstream media coverage of other nations’ handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also important to consider how at the level of everyday life, societies and individuals have been experiencing the upheavals caused by the pandemic. This panel focuses on East Asian cultural reactions to the worldwide crisis. 

Jaeho Kang (Seoul National University) will describe how South Korean responses to the pandemic have been shaped by a confluence of technological and traditional cultural factors, and are interpreted along these rubrics. Chenshu Zhou (University of Pennsylvania) will be examining online video representations of Wuhan under lockdown that make use of drone footage. Anri Yasuda (University of Virginia) will analyze how works of Japanese literature written during the pandemic underscore a pervasive ‘crisis ordinary’ mentality that precedes Covid-19. After the presentations, there will be time for dialogue and exchanges about the shared themes, as well as the marked differences, amongst the contemporary East Asian socio-cultural contexts under discussion. 

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Anri Yasuda

Tea and Conversation: Tracing the Life Histories of Objects

April 12, 2021

I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming program, Tea and Conversation: Tracing the Life Histories of Objects. In honor of the 3rd International Day of Provenance Research, join researchers Joanna Gohmann and Najiba Choudhury and assistant curator Antonietta Catanzariti to explore the methods they use to trace an object’s biography and ownership history, which is called provenance. The program will highlight the multifaceted histories embodied in objects and various fascinating stories about the Freer and Sackler’s collections, including a Chinese Jade disk, a Nepalese drawing, and Egyptian tiles. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12 – 1 PM EST. 

See link below for more information. 

Register and join the event here: 

"Democratic Cultures in Cold War East Asia" Online Workshop

April 12, 2021

The webinar "Democratic Cultures in Cold War East Asia," organized by UVA Professors of History Chad Diehl and Joseph Seeley, will be held on Thursday, April 15, 6:00-7:30pm via Zoom.

The event is sponsored by the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities through the Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture.

Register to attend here: 


Featured speakers:


“Art in Japan After the 1960 Anpo Protests”  

Nick Kapur, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University, Camden 


“‘March for the Beloved’ and the Sonic Makings of a Counter-Republic in South Korea” 

Susan Hwang, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Korean Literature & Cultural Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, School of Global & International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington 


“Taiwan’s Postwar Democratic Culture: Newspapers, Magazines, and Basketball Games”  

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Missouri-Columbia 


"Unearthing Wu Daozi" Talk by Wu Hung

April 7, 2021

The Harvard University China Humanities Seminar series will host Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, Tuesday, April 13th at 4:00-5:45 pm (ET). The talk is entitled. "Unearthing Wu Daozi (c. 686 – c. 760)."

Worshipped by later folk artists as the God of Painting, Wu Daozi (c. 686 – c. 760) was also praised by Tang art historian Zhang Yanyuan as someone who “did not look back and will have no successors.” But alas this Sage of Painting (Hua Sheng) left no work to us (imagine if we could only read about Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, or know Du Fu and Li Bo only by reputation). Can archaeology remedy this unfortunate situation as it has done for so many other fields from classical philosophy to ancient science? The talk will suggest that a set of newly discovered imperial tomb murals (so new that they are still being conserved in a museum lab) may allow us to approach Wu’s style more closely than ever before, and also lead us to problematize the concept of authorship in Tang painting.

To attend the talk, please register at: After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link to the talk.

This event is generously sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.

Faculty Panel on Minari featuring Sylvia Chong

April 7, 2021

Following the free virtual screening of Minari on April 17, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. EST (see this link for ticket registration info), the Asian Cosmopolitanisms Lab will be sponsoring the following panel on Minari featuring our own UVa faculty:

Faculty Panel on Minari

Friday, April 23, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Sylvia Chong (American Studies and English)

Shilpa Davé (Media Studies and American Studies)

Samhita Sunya (Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures)

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 949 0417 0638

Passcode: minari2021

Please enjoy the film on April 17, and come join us for a discussion of Minari's themes and production on April 23—just in time to hopefully watch the Academy Awards on April 25, where Minari has nominated for 6 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Actor (Steven Yeun), and Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung).

"‘A Race So Different’: Asians and Asian Americans in UVA’s History" by Professor Sylvia Chong

March 12, 2021

Sylvia Chong, associate professor of English and American studies and director of the Asian Pacific American studies minor at the University of Virginia, had her article ‘A Race So Different’: Asians and Asian Americans in UVA’s History | UVA Today ( published in UVA Today, March 11, 2021.

"Race and Religion in China" Informed Perspectives Webinar

March 11, 2021
Informed Perspectives
Race and Religion in China
March 18, 6 pm EST | Zoom Webinar

What are the variety and vitality of lives like in a country where religion is often tightly controlled? Join award-winning journalist Ian Johnson, scholar Catherine Hardie (Hong Kong Baptist University), and UVA’s Charles Laughlin, who discuss the entanglements of religion, race, and politics in China.

Sponsored by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs

Photo © Jue Liang



"The Forbidden City at 600: Women in the Imperial Palace" March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

March 10, 2021

The third part of China Institute's Forbidden City at 600 series will air next week, Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. EST

The event is free and will feature an incredible line up of curators/scholars including Jan Stuart from the Smithsonian, Jay Xu from the Asian Art Museum in SF, and Di Yajing from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

Here are the details:

The Forbidden City at 600: Women in the Imperial Palace

March 17 at 7:30 PM EST

To register, visit

"Muslims in Tang, Song and Yuan China" Talk by Angela Schottenhammer

March 3, 2021

“Muslims in Tang, Song and Yuan China”

Angela Schottenhammer
Professor of Chinse History
Leuven University, Belgium

Wednesday, March 3rd
4:30 to 5:45pm

The seminar will introduce some examples of activities and transregional relations of Muslims in Tang, Song, and Yuan China (618-1279 CE).  The talk will specifically concentrate of traders and physicians, and also introduce a few of the more important names that we know from this period. The scope of our inquiry here is intentionally kept wide, so that we can tap into various aspects of Muslim activities in the social, economic, and political life of then- contemporary China.  The topics discussed in this seminar cover a period of some six hundred years, during the Medieval/Early Modern period of Chinese History.

Registration link --

Father and Sons: Khro phu lotsāba's Journey to Nepal During the End of the World

February 18, 2021

Next Monday, Feb 22, Péter-Dániel Szántó (Leiden University) will give a talk in the SEASONS series entitled "Father and Sons: Khro phu lotsāba's Journey to Nepal during the End of the World." The talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST

Please register here. If prompted, the password is case-sensitive SEASONS.


“Rethinking World Literature: China as Method” Talk Series from Asia Cosmopolitanisms

February 16, 2021


“Rethinking World Literature: China as Method”

Sponsored by the Asian Cosmopolitanisms Lab, which is part of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures.

Friday March 5, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rivi Handler-Spitz, Associate Professor, Macalester College
“From the Early Modern to Graphic Narrative: Reflections on Methodology”

Register in advance for this meeting:

*Copies of Prof. Handler-Spitz’s book, Symptoms of an Unruly Age: Li Zhi and Cultures of Early Modernity are available to the first 20 local registrants! Instructions for pick-up will be sent after registration.*  

Friday April 2, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Michael Gibbs Hill, Associate Professor, College of William & Mary
“Arabic Literature and the Boundaries of Translation History in Modern China”

Register in advance for this meeting:

Friday May 14, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Belinda Kong, Associate Professor, Bowdoin College
"Recovering First Patients: De-anglophonizing the Pandemic Archive on SARS”

Register in advance for this meeting:

An American International Lawyer Considers China’s Belt & Road: A Discussion

February 15, 2021

On Thursday, February 25, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. we will be joined for a talk by David Day, a leading international lawyer in the Indo-Pacific region, as part of UVA’s Assessment of China’s Belt & Road Initiative project. David is also the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Belt & Road Task Force and will bring a unique view on the BRI and its implications as a legal practitioner.

The title of his talk: "An American International Lawyer Considers China’s Belt & Road: A Discussion."

Registration for the event is available at the following link.

Nelson & Coughlin Lectures on Southeast Asia this Spring

February 9, 2021

As part of a special lecture series on Southeast Asia the UVA East Asia Center is proud to host Hugh R. Clark, Professor Emeritus of History and East Asian Studies at Ursinus College, and Amitav Acharya, Distinguished Professor of International Relations at American University, this semester. Both events are free to join and will be live streaming on the Zoom and Youtube live platforms.

Hugh R. Clark will discuss "What Do Historians Mean When They Say 'China'?" Friday, February 26, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST. Event registration is available at

Amitav Acharya will be discussing his new book on "ASEAN and the Regional Order in Southeast Asia." Friday, April 2, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. EST. Event registration is available at

Esther Lorenz Receives ACSA Creative Achievement Award for Research on “Kinesthetic Montage Hong Kong”

February 4, 2021

Esther Lorenz, Assistant Professor at the UVA School of Architecture, has been awarded the 2021 Creative Achievement Award for her teaching and research on “Kinesthetic Montage Hong Kong” by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). 

“Each year, ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Award winners inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector. The Creative Achievement Award recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.”

The full list of 2021 winners is available at:

"Miraculous Images in Asian Traditions," Edited by Dorothy Wong, Released as New Volume of Ars Orientalis

January 29, 2021

The new edition of Ars Orientalis"Miraculous Images in Asian Traditions," one of two issues of vol. 50, features work by our East Asia Center director Dorothy Wong, who writes the introduction and serves as editor for the publication. Published by the National Museum of Asian Art (Freer and Sackler Galleries), the 2020 edition of Ars Orientalis explores transformations—of a representation into a divine manifestation,  and of art history in an increasingly digital era. Considering miraculous images across Asia, seven articles reveal the variety of sacred icons and their active and diverse roles in mediating spiritual relationships. The authors delve into the complexity of textual traditions and the complicated question of duplication.

Spring 2021 East Asia Center Event Schedule Preview

January 27, 2021

East Asia Center Spring Speaker Series Event Schedule

Friday, February 5 – Tim Grose (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ‘Uyghurs are Uyghurs. They Aren’t Muslim:’ Forging ‘Modern’ Chinese Citizens in Xinjiang

Friday, February 19 – Xiang “Sean” Gao (The University of Delaware/East China Normal University)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Creating Shanghai Sonatas – A New Musical Based on the True Stories of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees during WWII

Friday, March 5 (Date TBD) – Paul Groner (UVA Department of Religion, emeritus) and Dale Copeland (UVA Department of Politics)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. East Asia Center Faculty Forum (Talk titles TBD)

Friday, March 19 – Xin Conan-Wu (The College of William & Mary)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The Walled Grove: Chinese Gardens in History

Thursday, April 8 – Jeffrey Nicholaisen (Duke Kunshan University)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Inequality of Equalities: The Taiwanese Buddhist Encounter with Liberal Humanism and Taiwan’s Indigenous People

Friday, April 16 – Aike Rots (University of Oslo)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Talk title TBD

Friday, April 23 – David Fedman (The University of California-Irvine)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Beyond the Green Archipelago: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Korea and Beyond

Special Southeast Asia Events

Friday, February 26 – Hugh Clark (Ursinus College, emeritus)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. What Do Historians Mean When They Say ‘China’?

A Nelson Lecture on Southeast Asia

Friday, April 2 – Amitav Acharya (American University)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Book Launch: ASEAN and Regional Order: Revisiting Security Community in Southeast Asia

A Coughlin Lecture on Southeast Asia

“Assessment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative” Event Schedule

February (Date TBD) Liaqat Ali Shah (Centre of Excellence for CPEC)

Talk title TBD

Thursday, February 25 – David F. Day (Belt & Road Task Force, American Bar Association)

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Talk title TBD

Friday, March 12 – Sophia Kidd (Sichuan University)

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Minxin Xiangtong and People-to-People (P2P) Relations along the New Silk Roads (NSR)

Friday, March 26 – Daniel S. Markey (Johns Hopkins University)

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Book Launch: China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia

Friday, April 16 – Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Central Asia's Perceptions of the BRI: Hopes and Concerns

Thursday, April 22 – Hans Holzhacker (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program)

Talk title TBD

Time for a Reset? U.S. - China Relations during the New Biden Administration

January 6, 2021

Topic: Time for a reset? U.S.-China relations during the new Biden Administration

 Description: Have major recent developments in China and the United States raised the possibility that the U.S.-China relationship, which has become increasingly strained over the last 10 years, might now move in new and more positive directions? The first panel will look at the November 2020 elections in the United States, providing an analysis of the election campaigns, the outcome of the election, and the presidential transition. It will then examine the Fifth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee in October, which discussed the foreign and domestic economic policies underlying China’s new five-year plan that will begin in 2021. The second panel will analyze the implications of these events for Chinese policy toward the U.S. and American policy toward China.

Panel I: Domestic Politics in the U.S. and China

1.    Larry Sabato, founder and director, Center for Politics, University of Virginia

2.    Chris Lu, Teresa A. Sullivan Practitioner Senior Fellow, Miller Center, University of Virginia

3.    Xin Qiang, deputy director, Center for American Studies, Fudan University

4.    Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, Practitioner Senior Fellow, Miller Center, University of Virginia

Moderator: Syaru Shirley Lin, Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, Miller Center, University of Virginia

Panel II: Implications for U.S.-China Relations

1.    Harry Harding, faculty senior fellow, Miller Center, University of Virginia

2.    Evan Feigenbaum, practitioner senior fellow, Miller Center, University of Virginia

3.    Wu Xinbo, dean, Institute of International Studies; director, Center for American Studies, Fudan University Fudan University

4.    Song Guoyou, deputy director, Center for American Studies, Fudan University

Moderator: Stephen Mull, vice provost of global affairs, University of Virginia

When: Monday, January 11, 2021 8:00-10:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Where: This is a hybrid event on Zoom, with a live audience at Fudan and a virtual audience elsewhere.


·         Register for the Zoom Webinar here

·         More details in English on the Miller Center website here

·         会议预告: meeting announcement in Mandarin on UVA China Office WeChat account here

Cohosted by the Miller Center at UVA and the Center for American Studies at Fudan.

Southern China Metropolis SYMPOSIUM: Urbanism of the Greater Bay Area, Wednesday, November 18

November 16, 2020

SOUTHERN CHINA METROPOLIS: Urbanism of the Greater Bay Area

NYIT-Tsinghua University Symposium

November 18, 2020, 7:00pm

Online Event


This symposium aims to explore issues related to the urban metropolitan regional of the Pearl River Delta region, also known as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area of Southern China. During the past four decades, since the initiation of China’s Open Door Policy and the establishment of Special Economic Zones, Guangdong Province, population 115m, has been transformed from a largely rural territory to a complex mix of urbanization, industry and agriculture. Amidst the context of the greatest speed and extent of urbanization ever to occur, southern China has attracted migration from all over China, worldwide investment into the “world’s factory”, and the sustained attention, interest, and involvement of architects in China and abroad. A variety of experts in practice and academia will contribute to this event with presentations followed by a panel discussion, reflecting on the history of this unprecedented urban transformation, its present conditions, and importantly, to speculate on the future of urbanism in Southern China.

This symposium is a collaboration between SoAD-NYIT and Tsinghua University Graduate School of Architecture in Shenzhen, China.

Welcome & Introduction: Maria R. PERBELLINI, Dean, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology

Organized by: Tom VEREBES, Professor, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology

Moderated by: Giovanni SANTAMARIA, Chair, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology

Presenters / Panelists:

Eunsook CHOI, Director, KPF, New York

GAO Yan, Associate Professor, Future Human Habitat, Tsinghua University Shenzhen International Graduate School, Shenzhen; Principal Architect, HCD-iDEA Design & Research, Hong Kong, Shenzhen

LI Shiqiao, Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Esther LORENZ, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Jeffrey RAVEN, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology

David Grahame SHANE, Adjunct Professor in Urban Design, Columbia University GSAPP

Tom VEREBES, Professor, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology

XU Weiguo, Executive Dean, Future Human Habitat, Tsinghua University Shenzhen International Graduate School, Shenzhen



Local CHINA Town Hall with S. Victoria Shen "U.S.-China Environmental Cooperation" Tuesday, 11/10, at 6:00 p.m.

November 6, 2020

Please join us for a Local CHINA Town Hall, led by Shiran Victoria Shen, interdisciplinary environmental scholar and Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Virginia, on the topic of "U.S.-China Environmental Cooperation." The town hall will be moderated by Charles Laughlin, Professor and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The town hall will be held on Tuesday, November 10, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST

To join, please login to the Zoom stream available at

Our local town hall will be immediately preceding the National Keynote, with Ray Dalio and moderator Stephen Orlins, beginning at 7:00 p.m. To attend, please login to the Zoom stream at

China Institute Event with Nancy Steinhardt on the Forbidden City, Beijing

October 22, 2020

Next Wednesday evening, China Institute will launch a new series of programs to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City.  This first event will feature two of the world's foremost experts on Chinese imperial architecture: Nancy Steinhardt, and Liu Chang, an Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, who is widely considered to be one of China’s top experts on the architecture of the Forbidden City.  Introductory remarks will be made by the Palace Museum in Beijing, who are joining us to celebrate this incredible milestone.

The event is free, and will run as a live zoom webinar from 7:00 - 8:00 PM that evening.

The link to the event website, where anyone interested can register, is available here:

Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures on the Arts of Asia "Making the Buddha: The Creation of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia"

September 28, 2020

Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures on the Arts of Asia | Making the Buddha: The Creation of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia

Thursday, October 1 @ 6:30 pm

by Robert DeCaroli, Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, George Mason University

Register here.

Robert DeCaroli is a Professor of South and Southeast Asian art history at George Mason University. He is a specialist in the early history of Buddhism and has conducted fieldwork in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. His first book, Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism was published by Oxford University Press 2004, and his second book, Image Problems: The Origin and Development of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia, was published by the University of Washington in 2015. More recently, he co-curated the Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. He is also the author of several articles and book chapters. He was awarded a Getty Research Institute Fellowship and is currently a Robert N.H. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellow.

Architect Thomas Jefferson and His Influence in China Panel Discussion

September 17, 2020

Architect Thomas Jefferson

and His Influence in China


Thursday, September 24th
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. China Time

This is an online event

All alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join us as we learn more about the influence of Chinese architecture on Thomas Jefferson and his influence on architecture in China. We'll hear from three speakers involved with the publication of Presidential Architect: Thomas Jefferson, written by a group of UVA graduate students and edited by Yunsheng Huang, Associate Professor Emeritus, Architectural History, UVA's School of Architecture.


  • Yunsheng Huang, Associate Professor Emeritus, Architectural History, UVA's School of Architecture
  • Xiangnan Xiong (ARCH '10), Assistant Professor, School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Zhe Dong (ARCH '20)


  • Andrew Johnston, Director, University of Virginia Program in Historic Preservation and Associate Professor, Architectural History, UVA's School of Architecture

The presentation will be in English, with Chinese translation. The Zoom link to join us will be sent via email before the event.


Register Now


About the book:

The six authors of Thomas Jefferson: Presidential Architect are all alumni or faculty of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. In the seven chapters of the book, they present a collection of rich and multifarious themes about architect Thomas Jefferson, including his architectural education and thoughts, his vision of the capital planning of Washington DC, the academical neverland he conceived—University of Virginia, Monticello built to his desired ways of living, and the interactions between his work and the architecture in modern China. This book offers the first comprehensive examination of Jefferson’s architect career to a Chinese-speaking audience. Through a scrutiny of his architectural works, it highlights the extraordinary ideals and aspirations they embody. The book also includes valuable texts and drawings, many of which are published in China for the first time.

For more information on this event, please contact Meggie Chopade, Senior Associate Director, UVA Clubs, at

April Herlevi Presenting in "Strategic Interests, Security Implications: China, Africa and the Rest" Virtual Conference

September 17, 2020

April Herlevi, a recent UVA Politics PhD graduate, will be presenting in the first panel of the China-Africa Research Initiative's 2020 Virtual Conference "Strategic Interests, Security Implications: China, Africa and the Rest" September 22, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. For more information and the registration link follow the link below: