EPIDEMICS IN CHINA AND HAWAIʻI: Past, Future, and Present
Not too long ago, a highly infectious airborne disease emerged in several locations around the world, including China and Hawai'i, and changed public health practices in significant ways. This lecture explores the lessons of the Third Plague Pandemic at the turn of the 20th century, and explores public health responses in the then British colony of Hong Kong, Northeastern China, and Hawai'i. What does the history of this epidemic tell us about how disease events shape modern life, now and in the future?
Shana Brown is Chair of the UH Mānoa History Department and a specialist in the history of Modern China, particularly intellectual and cultural history, and history of science. She is currently working on books on the history of photography in China and the contributions of modern Chinese women as artists, art collectors, and scholars.
The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 44 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.