Lecture Explores Chinese Mystery

UALR’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will present guest lecturer Di Wang discussing “Mysterious Communication: The Secret Language of Gowned Brotherhood in 19th Century Sichuan” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 123 of Ross Hall.

Wang is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University specializing in Chinese social and cultural history.

The lecture will discuss the Gowned Brotherhood, which was how the Elder Brothers Societies were known in Sichuan, and how they became one of the most influential social forces in the region. Wang will explore their political thought, identity and behaviors in the 19th century. He will also discuss how a specialized language was created by the social group and how it became a powerful tool that helped the organization and its members survive under constant government pressure and attacks.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Jeff Kyong-McClain, assistant professor of history, at jwkyongmccl@ualr.edu.

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