Pacific Spaces: Comparisons and Connections across the Pacific Ocean in Early Modern and Modern Times

A west coast conference announcement!

Pacific Spaces: Comparisons and Connections across the Pacific Ocean in Early Modern and Modern Times

November 5-6, 2010

Location: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

The Pacific region has become increasingly prominent in contemporary global economics, politics, and cultural affairs.  Historical studies of these phenomena trace the evolution of Pacific connections and migrations in the early modern and modern eras.  This conference features scholarship that looks out from both Asia and the Americas in order to better understand how Pacific crossings fit into the regional histories of maritime Asia and the Americas.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, November 5, 2010

–  Welcome:  Robert C. Ritchie (The Huntington)
–  Remarks: R. Bin Wong (University of California, Los Angeles)
–  Session 1: Cultural Features of the China Trade

Moderator: John E. Wills, Jr. (University of Southern California)

  • “Pacific Overtures: America and the Trans-Pacific World of Goods” Kariann Yokota (Yale University)
  • “Object Lessons: The East Indies in the Anglo-American Imagination” Caroline Frank (Brown University)
  •  “Land-Rooted Turned Maritime Cargo: The Seng Story across the Pacific—Sino-American History” Hsiung Ping-chen (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

–  Session 2:  The Trans-Pacific China Trade as an Extension of Maritime Asian Trade

Moderator: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (California Institute of Technology)

  • “Archaeological Ceramics and Cultural Encounters in the Early Trans-Pacific Trade” Li Min (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • “Ryukyu Trade Networks and Transformation of China Seas Connection: 15th to 19th Centuries” Hamashita Takeshi (Sun Yat-Sen University)
  • “Shangchuan Island, Macau, and Chinese Porcelain Globalized in the 16th Century” Cheng Pei-kai (City University of Hong Kong)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

–  Session 3: American Settings for Asian Culture

Moderator: David Igler (University of California, Irvine)

  • “The Chinese Transnational Commercial Orbit, 1882-1940” Robert Chao Romero (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • “Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America” Erika Lee (University of Minnesota)
  • “Pacific Crossings: A Consideration” Gary Okihiro (Columbia University)

–  Session 4: Competing or Complementary Cartographies of the Pacific?

Moderator: R. Bin Wong

  • “Sea-space on Japanese Maps, 1600-1900” Kären Wigen (Stanford University)
  • “Competing Cartographies of the 18th-Century Pacific” Rainer Buschmann (Purdue University)

–  Roundtable Discussion/Response

  • Madeline Hsu (University of Texas, Austin)
  • David Igler
  • R. Bin Wong

This conference is funded by The John Haskell Kemble Endowment



Pacific Spaces: Comparisons and Connections across the Pacific Ocean in Early Modern and Modern Times


Conference registration and meals by reservation only.  No confirmation will be sent.

Conference registration: $25.00
(Graduate students free)

Buffet lunch (November 5) 16.50
Buffet lunch (November 6) 16.50
Vegetarian (circle one) Yes No


Please return form and check payable to “The Huntington” by October 29, 2010.

Mail to:
Susi Krasnoo, The Huntington
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino CA 91108.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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