24 June 2008

‘A Museum of Embryos’: The Great Exhibition and London’s Chinese Junk

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‘What perspectives do the British bring to bear when they think of China? And how much of that distant land, once known as legendary Cathay, do they actually see, beyond their own prejudices…?’

Published in BBC News Magazine on 16 June 2008, this article on the Victorian British view of China as a land of backwardness and ‘stoppage’, is actually the first of four talks entitled ‘English Takeaway: Reflections on the Anglo-Chinese Encounter’, broadcast over four nights in BBC Radio Three’s ‘The Essay’ Slot at 11pm on 16-19 June 2008.

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