Center for the Pacific Rim Presents: “The Imperial Court in China, Japan, and Korea: Women, Servants”

SAN FRANCISCO (April 1, 2013)

The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim is pleased to present "The Imperial Court in China, Japan, and Korea: Women, Servants, and the Emperor's Household (1600 - early 1900s)," a symposium taking place April 18-19 on USF's main campus.

"The symposium is designed to give voice to the often overlooked inhabitants of these imperial palaces, namely women and servants," said Melissa S. Dale, executive director of the Center for the Pacific Rim and assistant professor at USF. Dale explained that this symposium fits nicely within the Center's goal of making the Center San Francisco's academic gateway to the Asia Pacific, especially in the area of cultural exchange and interaction.

The symposium will feature scholars and lecturers from universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Panel themes will highlight the study of women, gender, art, ethnicity, medicine, and theater. "The themes presented will be of interest to a diverse audience," Dale continued. "Our keynote speaker, biographer Grant-Hayter Menzies, will bring to life the unique relationship between the Empress Dowager Cixi of China and Sarah Pike Conger, the American Ambassador's wife, and the Chinese butler who brought them together.  We will also have presentations on women in the imperial household, art collecting, childbirth and nursing, imperial theater troupes, and runaway eunuchs. We hope the varied panels and expert speakers attract a wonderful, eclectic audience and spark conversation and further research about this period in Asian history."

Advanced registration is required to attend. USF students and faculty are free with identification. All are welcome to take part in this unique two-day event.

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