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Benjamin Bowen Carter as an Agent of Global Knowledge
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Benjamin Bowen Carter (1771-1831), one of the first Americans to speak and read Chinese, studied Chinese in Canton and advocated its use in diplomacy decades before America established a formal relationship with China. Drawing on rediscovered manuscripts, this book reconstructs Carter’s multilingual learning experience, reveals how he helped translate a diplomatic document into Chinese, describes his interactions with European sinologists, and traces his attempts to convince the US government and American academics of the practical and cultural value of Chinese studies. The cross-cultural perspective employed in this book emphasizes the reciprocal dynamics of Carter’s relationships with Chinese and European “others,” while Carter’s story itself forces a rewriting of the earliest years of US-China relations.
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: An American Pioneer of Chinese Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective
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Giulia Falato’s work on Alfonso Vagnone S.J.’ s (1568-1640) Tongyou jiaoyu 童幼教育 (On the Education of Children) offers a systematic study of the earliest treatise on European pedagogy and its first annotated translation in English. In particular, it highlights the role of Tongyou jiaoyu as a cultural bridge between the Chinese and Western traditions. Drawing from archival materials and multi-language literature, Falato produces an insightful account of the Jesuit’s background, the pedagogical debate in late-Ming China, and the making and main sources of the treatise. Through the diachronic analysis of a selection of philosophical terms, this work also provides a fresh perspective on the Jesuits’ lexical innovations and contribution to the formation of the modern Chinese lexicon.
In: Alfonso Vagnone’s Tongyou Jiaoyu (On the Education of Children, c. 1632)