The 'New People' — Early American Trade with China (1784-1900)


Exhibition catalogue cover (Hong Kong Maritime Museum, 2018)

Evening Presentation
Registration 6:45pm
Lecture 7:00pm
Close 8:00pm

Accompanying with the exhibition “The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade, 1784-1900” held at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, this talk will trace back to the historical background of U.S. independence and American people, as a new nation, their strong eager to search for international exploration and trade relationship. In particular, the development of America’s close relationship with China will be the focus of the talk. Before the first American trading ship Empress of China sailing to Canton in 1784, what were the ways for Americans to perceive China? How was the image of China in the eyes of the Americans? How did the agricultural development play role in the Sino-American trade? All these questions will be addressed.


Dr. Libby Chan is the Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections) at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum where she oversees the museum’s curatorial practices, is responsible for exhibitions’ and collections’ development, and directs the CSSC Museum Resource Centre as well as the development of the museum’s Library and Archive. Before joining HKMM, she was the Senior Curator (China) at the Asian Civilisations Museum, National Heritage Board of Singapore, overseeing the Chinese collection and leading the China gallery revamp project. Previously, she was the Research Associate and Curator at the Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, and was the lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also served as a J. S. Lee Memorial Curatorial Fellow at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and was the Curatorial Consultant at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas.

Event Details

Fri 15 Feb 2019
6:45 - 8 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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